As some folks remember, every Christmas season, I ring a bell for the local Charlotte Area Salvation Army. Last year I skipped because I was “working” for an online software firm trying to do consulting and some custom work. This year, I’m ringing. More about that later.
One of the things I’ve been thinking about buying with the money that I’ll earn after I catch up on medical bills is an eBook reader. When Angie took off, all my books went with her. About two thousand books, 4 thousand comics, loads of role playing material, etc. all went out the door with her. (And probably into the nearby dumpster.)
Anyway, I’ve been downloading eBooks lately by the ton from where ever I can find them. I won’t go into authors or titles but I have to admit that dragging out the laptop to read them is a pain. Plus, where I sleep, is too far away from a plug so I wind up usually draining my battery when I want to read something. Reading text files on the screen is kind of a pain as well. (I haven’t tried *.lit files yet although I don’t expect much improvement) A lot of that has to do with the size of the screen I would think. Plus the laptop is kind of heavy. It’s too tempting to play games or help out somewhere as well when I have the laptop in front of me.
I could also go out and spend the money on actual books. We have a number of used books around Charlotte. I have to admit that I would rather hold a paper book in my hands instead of a piece of plastic. (Which is where the Post title comes from.) I’m sure I’d get a lot less titles that way, I already have the eBook files stored locally, but holding the physical book is more pleasurable to me.
The local Targets have one of the Sony eReaders for about $300. I’m sure they’ll come down even more once we get closer to Christmas.
Image from Northernsun.