photo of my Readers
This is mostly how I read now. You can’t see my iPhone, cuz I used it to take this photo.

We are de-junking in preparation for the return of the #GrandmaProject, i.e. the visit of the grandchildren (and their parents, of course!). While I was digging through the rubble, I unearthed the eBookman I “dove” into for last Wednesday’s post.

That got me thinking, not just about what I read, but that HOW I read has changed. A lot.

Back at the turn of the millennium, when I began to realize the possibilities the internet presented to me as a writer AND a reader, I began to explore digital reading. Yup, waaaaaaay before it was cool. Like seriously, it was back in that other millennium.

photos of ereading devices
The Sony Reader was very sassy for its time. I used to get a lot of comments on it.

And this isn’t actually all the devices I have used to read. I don’t have that original computer or my Palm Pilot (though that may turn up in another layer of the rubble). Those little laptops were hot eReaders for a while. You just tipped them up and held them like a book. That was back when we still felt we needed to read digital books like they were physical books.

I will admit that when I first started looking into digital reading, it was all about me, or rather, my books. Here’s my books before they were in a cool format:

photo of my books on disks.
There she is my first edition of Pig in a Park!

For the first three or four years of my adventures in publishing, I spent more time explaining HOW to read my books than I did telling people ABOUT my books. I think I probably sold a hundred different eReaders over the years by letting people play with mine. LOL

But a funny thing happened on the way to selling my books. I began to LIKE reading digital books. I signed up to test a Rocket eBook and I was hooked. Oddly enough, I’ve found three of them among the detritus of my past. I know my sister sent me one. Can’t account for the third one.

photo of books on disk.
Look at the bigger one. It’s signed! I loved that book.

I think the attraction was two-fold. I really became hooked on the expanded selection of books to read. I am a fast reader and I can burn through books at a tremendous rate when I have time to read. While exploring digital books, I also expanded genres and discovered authors that remain favorites to this day.

The second part of the equation is me. I love technology and I particularly love cute technology. My various readers don’t look that cute now, but for their time? I couldn’t use them out in public without people coming and asking me about them.

I was an early adopter for reading on my cell phone, but didn’t migrate to the iPhone until I was promised that the App Store was coming—and it would include digital bookstores. As you can see, I am no respecter of reading apps. I follow the books.

photo of my eReading apps
I have two pages of apps on my iPhone. LOL

If I didn’t have SO much to do, I’d sit down and get reacquainted with my old readers the books still there. Yes, so far they all boot up and have books. And yes, I’ve migrated the books forward and have them in Calibre, but it’s kind of nostalgic remembering when and where about each of them.

What about you? Has the way you read changed over the years? I’ll include both genres and formats, because I also “read” my audio books on my newer devices. And, you know I love comments. I enter them into my monthly drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). I announce the winner the first blog post of the new month.

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Perilously yours,

P.S. In honor of this blast from my past, here’s Pig in a Park in its new cover. Way back when a publisher asked me to change the name. I kind of held out for a while, but then people started calling it the “pig in a poke” book. Yeah.

the spy who kissed me cover art
Mama wanted her to find a guy, but not like this!

You can buy this book in print (used), audio and DIGITAL! Oh yes, it’s still available in digital!

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2 thoughts on “Has How You Read Changed?

  • December 9, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I don’t think I’ve tried as many devices as you have Pauline, but I’ve gone through a few. The original Nook, and the first color Nook. Lets just say they suffered in their design stage and leave it at that. Then I bought a Nexus 7 (Google) tablet. I like the tablet because I can load all kinds of reading software. I have Kindle, Nook, and Adobe software on it. So far. The Kindle app is by far the best I have used. The Nexus has not suffered from any of the shortfalls of my previous readers.

    But now my wise eyes would like a bigger screen. I just ordered one of those tablet/laptop convertible devices. 11 inches. That should help.

    Occasionally, I read books on my PC, but I find that sitting at a desk just to read isn’t very cozy. I need my couch for cozy.

    I’ve also read on my Blackberry from time to time. If I am early for an appointment (which is always), I pull it out. But it takes months to finish a book this way. I think I’ve been on one book for at least 5 months. On the Blackberry, I have to stick to simple plots so I don’t forget what I’ve read from month to month.

    Then there are audiobooks. I love audiobooks. I load them on my ipod and ‘read’ in the car or while I am walking. And sometimes at home while I am doing a task that does not require a great deal of concentration. Best deal in audiobooks – buy the Kindle book and get the Audible Whispersync version for a mere pittance.

    But my biggest change in reading habits over the last few years is that I don’t just start a book and read it through before I start another. I always have several books started at one time. At least one print book for reading in the sun, at least one audiobook for the above mentioned reasons, at least one e-book for the treadmill and one on my Blackberry. Yes, I can keep track. No, I don’t get confused. Often it takes a long time to finish a book, but generally I still finish a couple books a week, so this practice works for me.

    • December 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      I hadn’t thought about that, but I’ve started reading more than one book at a time, too. I never used to. And I have different ones from device to device, too. I have to agree with you on the Kindle app. It’s way better than the others. And yeah, it takes me longer to finish books, though the audio book thing helps. WhisperSynch is truly awesome!

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