Jane Austen

Fall Kindle-ing

First solipsistic things first*:

I hope soon to be able to post some good news about writing and all, but I can’t just yet. So a discreet yay! from me will have to suffice.

In other news, fall has hit the East Coast hard, necessitating long sleeves and closed-toe shoes (can I just say how much I hate wearing socks? No clue why, I just do).

Meanwhile, I’ve finished the behemoth that is the fifth book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga (if you watch HBO, you know it as Game of Thrones). This book is the sole reason I finally agreed to go digital, and got a Kindle for my birthday last month. And I do not regret it! Instead of making my shoulder ache by schlepping around a 1000+ page book, I got to carry a slim electronic device. Which, when I finished the book, also had other books I could immediately access.

I’ve lent it to the spouse for his subway reading, and have returned to print books, but I miss that sucker already (The Kindle, not the spouse. Him I don’t miss so much, seeing him every day and all).

It’s really exciting to see how many Regency-era novels are available in Kindle that were previously only a) crazy pricey or b) tattered and falling apart on the keeper shelf. Including our own Elena Greene’s Lady Dearing’s Masquerade!

So while I prepare to launch back into writing, I’m having some fun perusing what I can get for my new friend. I am guessing most of you have already made the digital leap; what do you like best about e-reading?


*This pic is of Idris Elba, who is up for an Emmy this Sunday for his performance in Luther, the second season of which starts airing on BBC America Sept. 28th. A good actor, and easy on the eyes.

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Isobel Carr
11 years ago

I like the convenience of it: My reader weighs next to nothing, my hand doesn’t cramp from holding the book open, and I don’t have to buy yet another bookcase, LOL! And then there’s all those re-issued OOP books …

Victoria Janssen
11 years ago

I use my e-reader at the gym – it sits easily on the elliptical’s shelf and can turn pages with the push of a button.

Jane George
11 years ago

A discreet Yay! (You’re too cute.) Here’s a discreet congrats for you and I look forward to your news.

I’m not watching Game of Thrones, even tho I’m a Peter Dinklage fan, so thanks for the photo of Idris. Eye-candy is always appreciated.

I like my Nook Color a lot, well, everything except the battery life. I’d better go, I hear PG&E trucks outside and they sent notice the power would be out today…

Diane Gaston
11 years ago

Oh my gosh. Way to tease us, Megan. I can’t wait for the good news!!!!

As I have said many many times before. I LOVE MY KINDLE.

Look up Georgette Heyer on Amazon for Kindle. There are a bunch of Heyer books for under $2. I bought them all.

And I agree with everything Isobel says about ereaders.

Have seen season one of Game of Thrones…

Nancy Kelley
11 years ago

I too love the convenience, the way it rests in my hands, light as a feather, the ease of purchasing new books… (Well, I mostly like that part.)

But my favorite thing about my Kindle? Using it to read my critique partner’s manuscript. She sends me the chapters, I email them to my Kindle and presto! I can do all the reading and note taking on the go! I don’t have to A) Print the pages out, or B) Stare at my computer screen for hours on end.

I also use it for the first read of my own WIPs, before I launch into the first edit. Reading the book the whole way through gives me a better idea of what needs to be fixed, and again, the Kindle allows me to do that without wasting paper or destroying my eyes.

PS: If you’re wondering how to do this, you simply send an email to your Kindle account with the file attached. Find your Kindle account under settings. It should be youramazonaccount@kindle.com

Louisa Cornell
11 years ago

Still haven’t succumbed to the lure of the electronic, but I am sure I will eventually. I haven’t started the Game of Thrones books yet, but I do have them on my list.

And I cannot WAIT to hear your good news!

Elena Greene
11 years ago

Thanks for the shout-out, Megan. And I am looking forward to hearing your news!!!!

11 years ago

If you ever want possession of your Kindle again, you must buy your DH one for his own… trust me on this…

11 years ago

You have me thinking how your home before college would have been different with Kiddles and IPods. I’m feeling it, been helping move analog books, LPs, and such recently. I’m sure that New Yorkers appreciate the space that is saved with digital music and text, also flat screens, and cell phones. What will be the next thing to take up less space?


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