Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The World of In Between

Before April 2009, I wasn't too keen on the thought of e-books. I don't think they will replace "real" books for some time. There is just something about a feel of bookstores and physical books. Ebooks will never be able to replace the feel of those stories in your hands, and the feel of paper between your fingers. The passing that books take into other hands, of sharing. I see ebooks as another way of means to do share stories, to give writers another way of passing their words along. I cannot complain about finding another way to carry stories along with me or listening to them on audio books. They are a great way to have my love of books with me more often to enjoy them.

When I was younger, I felt that I never could write a paper or story without using a good pen and a sheet of paper. Soon enough, I learned that I didn't have the time to write a physical copy and then type it up. I then ended up typing them on my computer, and that's how I write these days. I do admit that they are two different experiences and I like that I live in the World of In-Between.

Yesterday, I passed the threshold of reading just on paper to another part of the World of In-Between. My nook arrived in the mail, and I couldn't be more thrilled with it. Like any piece of technology, I need to learn its soft spots, how to handle its hiccups, and to hold it close as I would its counterpart. I admit, I am going to defend my nook. Why? It is the perfect little e-reader device for me. I have read some great reviews, and some really terrible reviews, and that is what I do. I defend the nook in my mind.

I ordered my nook the day it was announced at 7:59pm. Why did it take me so long to decide? I did the research. I went everywhere I could to compare the nook with its fellow counterparts. I weighed everything carefully in my mind, and by the end of my all day research, I made the decision to pre-order. I love the look of it, the touch screen, the use of Android technology, the access to Google books, and the option of notes and highlighting. I admit that I am more of a book buyer from Amazon, but using Google as an ally has really helped my decision with the nook. I have listened to many views about e-readers, and really, it is a personal choice what you would like to see in features. There isn't "the one and only best" in this case. The nook is clearly feels right to me, but it might not be the right one for my husband. And the other way around. I don't want to say anything bad about the other e-readers for that very reason.

I want to give a review of the nook, badly, but I need more time to get used to it. Right now, I am totally in love with it. I am having a hard time to registering it, but I expect these type of things with something so new. I am familiar with technology, and since I uploaded books that I wanted already into the nook, I will focus on that experience rather than that fault at this time. Barnes and Noble has announced that an update is on the way, and that is expected with technology, and is something glorious about it.

I do have some advice for reading reviews. I wouldn't focus too much on the news right now and go with tech geeks. I have noticed that news channels don't know a thing about what they are talking about. I read an awful review that focused on how much he hated the e-ink technology, the technology that all of the current e-readers are using. I'm sorry, but is that something you should put in your review for your nook? Get a grip and write about the product, not your opinion of something that encompasses all of the devices. It musses up your credibility in my book.

Enough of talking about e-readers, and onto my E-book List:

1) Reading lots of free books about Japan. I have a list of about 10-15 of them that I found free from Google Books, via Barnes and Noble's e-book store. KIN is based in a world influenced by Japan and this will help me understand the culture and add details to the world that I am currently working in.

2) Dracula by Bram Stoker
I feel like some classic vampire, even though it might be hard to get the vision of Dracula out of my head from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
3) Lore of the Unicorns by Odell Shepard and The Natural History of Unicorns by Chris Lavers
My first novel, Beyond the Garden, is about unicorns. I want to do some research for the series and these seems like good places to start. I am deeply inspired to do more research now by Diana Peterfreund's book Rampant, which is about killer unicorns. I think it is my favorite book of the year and there will be a review soon.

4) In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan and Eating Animals by Jonathon Safran Foer
Since becoming vegetarian a year ago, I haven't read one book about food or being vegetarian. I have been focusing on just cookbooks and changing our diet. I think it is time to change that.

5) Sookie Stackhouse 8-book set
I haven't seen any True Blood on TV, but I am curious and have been since I heard about the series. And I am a little scared. I am a huge Buffy fan, and not one of Twilight, so I am not sure where this will fall. No harm in finding out.

6) Under the Dome by Stephen King and The Dark Tower series
I am thinking of using my $10 gift certificate from B&N to read Under the Dome. I will have to decide when to read The Dark Tower when I want to invest a lot time in the books. My husband just listened to the audio books and really enjoyed them a lot.

7) Wicked by Gregory Maguire
I just watched The Wizard of Oz for the first time. No kidding. How did I escape it for twenty-seven years? I have no clue. I really enjoyed it and appreciated for what it is. I did know most of the story from the exposure its cultural presence from over the years (and I even had dolls!), but it was truly enjoyable (love the Lion!). I can now read this book, and hopefully someday, see the play (musical?) in London or NYC.

8) Fairy tales
I have different editions of the classic fairy books, Grimm tales, etc. lined up. I am very interested in reading and studying them.

9) Mythology
From Norse to Celtic to Japanese. This is another thing that I am very intent on studying and there are some great texts (free and otherwise) available.

10) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I am a huge young adult/fantasy reader. As you can see from this list, I am leaning more towards the classics, novels, non-fiction, and things to study. This book, though, is something I do intend on reading pretty quick and am looking forward to it.

Remember, you can always read e-books on all types of devices like your cell phone or computer with various readers (including a free app from Barnes and Noble). E-books might not be the thing for you at this time or maybe at any time. I changed mine.


1 comment:

  1. It is true that Ebooks will never be able to replace the feel of those stories in your hands, There is all the difference in the world between treating peopple equally and attempting to make them equal, Good thing to share.


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