I’ve always been a pack rat. I seem to have inherited this quality from my mother. And so, it only seems natural that I “compulsively hoard” books (since, you know, I’m a writer). But it’s gotten bad lately.
I’m not a big fan of Kindles or ebooks or any of that nonsense. I kinda just take it all in stride, but I love my forest-dependent old-fashioned got-it-from-Barnes & Noble hardback or paperback books.
However, I live in Germany. There is no Barnes & Noble here. Most of my books, I order off Amazon.com and pay like $3.99 to have them sent to me.
Problem is, even without the 4-dollar surcharge, some books, especially new books, are really expensive–or, alternatively, really hard to have shipped to me (for any number of reasons).
And then I discovered there was a FREE Kindle-for-your-PC app AND a FREE Kindle-for-your-iPhone app. At first I just used it for my own books–The Soul, Procession of Infinity and Abhinc Inferno–so I could see what they’d possibly look like in ebook format (I was considering that publishing route for awhile) and so I could read them away from my computer.
Then I started noticing people were selling books for free.
Then for cheap.
Then for under 5 bucks.
THAT’S ALL FREE TO ME! :D
So thanks to my addiction to really cheap ebooks, I’ve adapted my pack rat tendencies to my reading habits, too: In between print books, like for a few minutes during work or at night when it’s too dark to read but I can’t sleep, I’ll whip out my “Kindle” and have an ebook on standby to read.
That’s not so bad, you say?
IN OTHER NEWS!
- I changed up the look of permashift a little. My “about page” can be found here (or the Writing & Reading tab near the header).
- I’ve launched my editorial services page for ANYONE who’d like their manuscripts edited (for free!). Check out the page. :] I have all the details listed there!
- Books I have read and reviewed recently (a new addition to permashift):
Death Alarm by Douglas R. Brown, a three-short story horror collection, my review here.