I’m still alive and writing!
The workshop which started in January has been a surprising amount of effort (In a good way!) and between that and my own writing efforts, I haven’t been updating this blog as much as I’d like. I will miss it (and the folks in it) when it ends.
Thankfully I’m up at Stupid O’ Clock this morning and the munchkin is fast asleep and I’m in a procrastinating mood (I should be working on either my outline or my assignment). It’s a perfect time to write an update!
So what’s going on?
I’ve been a big fan of the Kindle app on my iPhone for the last few months. The interface works great and I love the convenience.
Having lived through 4 weeks of plague recently, my fondness for it and the written word has increased. For the first time in a while I’ve been reading and enjoying new titles rather than revisiting old friends. I’ve discovered some writers I hadn’t read before and new things from authors I’ve always enjoyed.
Today, I’m annoyed.
I was recently referred to Nathan Brandford’s great blog by the I Should Be Writing podcast and this gem caught my eye because of the subject matter in this post.
One of my biggest pet peeves about e-books is the price. I’ve always cringed at paying the same price (or worse, MORE) than the physical book. I’ve never understood why this is and frankly, I’ve always suspected that publishers are pricing e-books this way to protect their physical media markets and making the same mistakes that the music industry has been doing online for a decade now.
Nathan’s post gives a ‘behind the scenes’ look at e-book pricing that really clears things up for me. I’m still not happy about it, but I understand a lot better what’s going on now.
I still don’t like it, but for different reasons than a nebulous conspiracy theory…although I really like a good conspiracy theory.
I urge you to go over and read “Why some e-books cost more than the hardcover” over at Nathan Brandsford’s blog!
And while you’re there, check out “Social Media, there’s no such thing as too early” which is giving wannabe writers like me a reason to blog!
I love e-books. I adore them. I think it’s the best thing for my back since…well since anything really!
I’m the guy who grew up and could never go anywhere without a gym bag or backpack full of books. My parents took us to disneyworld in our teens and I had a suitcase earmarks just for books. My commute to school would constitute 15 to 20 minutes prepartion choosing which dozen to take for the day.
My Palm Tungsten E was a revelation. I’ve since moved from there to a Palm TX and finally my iPhone. My last 40-50 books I’ve read have been e-books (the Kindle app for iPhone is my current favorite). I love having a substantial library with me at all times.
That being said, I have thousands of physical books and I still purchase physical books (to the despair of my loving, supportive and long suffering wife) and let me tell you why I think they should stick around.