Friday, September 7, 2012

Second Time Around

The hunk stood in my office doorway and announced he had nothing to read. I looked around at the six-thousand-plus tomes occupying our bookcases and sighed. I've created a monster. He only reads e-books now.

There's a good reason for that. He has reading disabilities that make it very difficult to read a print book. Reading on a large (twenty-four inch!) monitor is much easier for him.

In the past, he was a slooooow reader. Now I suspect the slowness was a function of his disability. Since I bought him a digital reader for Father's Day in June and introduced him to e-books, he's plowed through more than forty books. And I'm not talking about novellas, either. He read all of J.D. Robb's "in Death" series, three Mercedes Lackey books, a couple of others I had in my e-book library, and now he's devouring the John Sandford series.

What to do? I have almost all of them in hardback. I actually like to read a print book. Purchasing them a second time in digital just seems wrong...except he's reading...and enjoying it.

Too bad there isn't a way to get a credit for the print books you've purchased when you buy them in digital. I could go for that. In the meantime, I'll just be thrilled to death he's enjoying reading again--this second time around.



  1. It's very cool that e-readers have helped this man discover the joy of reading.

    I have purchased some of my favorite books twice--once in paper and once as an e-book. I'm more likely to read something on my Kindle than in paper form now. The problem is I'm acquiring books and samples faster than I can read them.

    There are plenty of places where this man can find free books or borrow them. Indie authors could use his support as well.

  2. The Gutenberg Project. The spouse has been devouring all the golden age of SF stuff on his Kindle. If it's past copyright, they likely have it for free.

  3. Godel Escher Bach took a long time. One doesn't simply read GEB. One comprehends or fails to advance the pages. A page and then a set of pages become their own challenge.