Monday, January 2, 2012

The revolution will come standard with a selection of typesets and customizable line spacing

My parents finally wised up this year and got me a Kobo e-reader - which was convenient, since I didn't have the heart to tell them I was sick of all those darn paper tomes. No, but seriously: it was a fantastic gift. I'm a writer, and a young person, aren't I? Thusly, it's also a slightly worrisome gift, since it suggest my parents are more hip and future-forward than I am. I'm the one who reads science fiction; who thought I would be getting gadget advice from those old fogies?

the device in question is visible centre-bottom,
though this photo is really just an excuse
to show off my wine stash
Anyway, with the holidays basically finished, I've finally had a chance to sit down and set up the Kobo. It is, in sum, pretty awesome. It's nice to read on, for one thing. I can barely stand to read blogs on back-lit screens, let alone a whole novel, so the gray-scale is by my eyes much appreciated. It's also touch-screen, which keeps things feeling natural.

But by the far the greatest part is, obviously, the possibilities it opens up. Not just because Project Gutenberg has 36,000 free eBooks: also because I've got many a chum who be an eWriter - or an Indie Publisher, or a Literary Communist, or whatever those yellabellies call themselves these days. I can finally read the eBooks of such literati as David Barron, Joseph Vasicek, and Jeff Ambrose. As a matter of fact, I have six eBooks of my own that I can finally read as they were meant to be!

AND DID I MENTION YOU CAN PURCHASE THEM HERE.

Anyway, this is a really cool little tool, and I'm pumped to have it - despite the fact that, being an obstinate young man who acts like an old man when it comes to technology, I would probably not have acquired one for myself until a few days after people starting uploading books directly into their cerebellums.

Onwards, to the future!

-bn

2 comments:

  1. Cool. I'll send you a book later. There's nothing more sad than an empty reader.

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  2. Hey, thanks for the mention! And yeah, I'm totally behind on technology as well. Still use an old 90s era Nokia--haven't graduated to flip-phone yet, much less a smart-phone.

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