MK here, talking about books. That is, after all, what we're all about. It turns out that not all forms of technology, outside of a good computer, are evil. You won't get me anywhere near a smart phone or the gazillion other gadgets and apps out there, but I did cave this summer and bought a tablet. Not one of those attached to a phone number so I can be gouged for a monthly fee. I was searching for something that basically worked like a mini laptop and just connected to wi-fi when I needed it. I realize this kind of technology has been around for a while now, but hey, it's new to me.
I decided to try out a tablet I found on Dell, keep it simple. The whole search began because I knew I would have to read a lot of e-books for an upcoming contest in which I will be one of the volunteer judges. Reading on my laptop has become cumbersome and sitting at my computer takes too much fun out of the experience.
These tablet devices may not be new or special to a large majority of the population, but I move at my own pace. I've had it for a month now, and don't use it too often. It's handy when I want to look something up but don't want to go upstairs to my office (lazy).
It works, it takes great video, and is easy to use. However, nothing—NOTHING—will ever convince me that an e-reader is better than holding a book—with real paper—in my hands. But that's just for me. I've heard told that for some readers, digital is the best way to go. It will be handy for travel and road trips when packing a suitcase of paperbacks isn't an option (not that it will stop me).
From clay tablets and The Epic of Gilgamesh to The Whole Booke of Psalmes and The Tale of Gengi to Hemingway and Austen. Writings have evolved into what are now our modern day versions of hardcovers, paperbacks, and e-books. What I've learned to appreciate, is that while it's easy to read on any number of electronic devices, some of the earliest printed words in history still exist. I find comfort knowing they are treasured, protected, and valued as priceless works.
I used to bemoan the advent of e-books, foolishly believing that the introduction of a new technology related to reading would destroy print books. Many others believed the same way, and how wrong we all were. Just as there are enough readers for every genre, there are readers who each escape into stories in their own way, no matter the format. If e-books have created new readers, then perhaps new ideas—so long as they respect the old—are not such a bad thing.
This has been a debate since e-books emerged in their current form, but it is only I have only recently learned to accept. After all, writers should encourage reading, in all its forms.
By the way, the book showing in the tablet above is Welcome to Wishing Bridge by Ruth Logan Herne. It was the first book I read on the tablet, and I eagerly await the next book in the series.
However you enjoy reading books, I'm glad you're one of "us."
My newest release in the Whitcomb Springs series! Join Daniel and Evelyn Whitcomb, and the wonderful people of Whitcomb Springs in “Unchained Courage” for a lesson in the power of hope, faith, and remembrance.
"Unchained Courage" by MK McClintock
Genre: Western/Civil War
Type: Short Story
Heat Level: 1
Language Level: 1
Violence Level: 1