I’ve just been reading a great blog by Jennifer Neri who had posted about a book called ‘On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft’ by Stephen King. Having read the blog and the supportive comments, it made me want to read the book. I don’t know about you but I love visiting book shops. I can spend hours in them just wandering around and browsing. I rarely go in with a particular purchase in mind but always come out with a number of books and then can’t wait to get home to start reading them. Unfortunately a trip to my local book shop would have been no guarantee that this book would have been in stock.
Instead I decided to look on Amazon. I also thoroughly enjoy book shopping on Amazon. It’s a completely different experience. To start with whenever I log on, Amazon, having statistics on my previous buys, always have books that they want to recommend to me and I always look. Then when I do find a book I’m interested in I can’t wait to read the comments left by others who have read the book and these reviews always influence me as well. Then, just before I buy, Amazon will pop up and point out to me that people who bought this book also bought ……… so off I go again, a sucker for a recommendation. Having bought my books I then have that long wait for them to be delivered and still get excited when the Amazon parcel arrives in the post.
Back to the ‘On Writing’ book by Stephen King. As is my want I looked on Amazon and found it easily. The reviews were as good as the comments on Jennifer’s blog I was hooked. I was just about to press the button and place my order when I noticed that it was possible to get it as an eBook. It was so easy. Within three minutes of me pressing the right buttons the book was being downloaded, via the Kindle app, to my iPad. Two minutes later I was reading it – and a great book it is. While I will always enjoy browsing in book shops, my Amazon shopping might change as I move more towards downloading books on-line.
In her blog Jennifer says, “I can’t count how many pages I’ve folded or how many passages I’ve underlined.” I also like making notes in the margin, highlighting passages and folding pages, I won’t be able to do that with my new eBook, or so I thought! How wrong I was. Even though it is an electronic book I can highlight passages, can add notes to certain words, phrases or passages. It even allows me to highlight words or excerpts I’m not sure about and it will give me definitions or take me off to the internet for more information. I haven’t worked out yet how to fold down the pages!