30 Days of Creativity: Day 25–Ampersand

The Adventures of Katnip: 45

“It’s such a tiny thing to contain so many worlds,” I said. “It’s a library and a bookstore in one place.”

“It’s a magic bookcase,” John Riley said.

“It’s Snoopy’s doghouse!” Cuddle added.

Did you know that many independent bookstores have partnered with Kobo to bring you e-books? My Nook downloads from Barnes & Noble, but I can also use my Kobo account to get books through my favorite bookstore, Murder By The Book, and then transfer them to my Nook. Tom can download his books from Kobo and MBTB directly to his iPad.

Ask your independent booksellers whether they’re affiliated with this program, or if you’d like to order titles through Murder By The Book, you can get more details here. You get your books, your favorite bookstore gets a percentage of your sales, and the author gets royalties. Everybody wins!

About 30 Days of Creativity here.
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9 thoughts on “30 Days of Creativity: Day 25–Ampersand”

  1. You know, I like e-books (I have a Kindle). I use it mostly for travel – whether air or ground – so I don’t have to backpack an uncomfortable load through terminals or find a place for them in a suitcase. (I know you can feel the yet unstated “but” in this thought.) BUT, as a writer who uses a lot of what he reads in his writing, I need an actual book; cover, paper, and pages to mark up, highlight, index, and catalog so I can quickly locate the passage in the appropriate book to cite that wonderfully crafted quote or to counterpoint an argument against which I might dissent.

    I have the same problem with audio books (which I absolutely crave in the car – a book is so much better than top 40 or even anything on Sirius-XM). I’m driving down the interstate at 70 mph listening (at the moment to Seasbiscuit) and I hear this cogent, thoughtful analysis or a strikingly beautiful descriptive phrase and I’m stuck. My memory sucks, so something I could use to improve my work is gone and trying to retrieve it is like trying to recover that one sparkling grain of sand on the beach.

    If I purchase a audio or e-book and I find the writer to be particularly gifted and articulate, I usually give in and end up purchasing the hard copy too. It’s a frustratingly expensive dilemma. I am, to the gifted writers of the world, their dream customer.

    1. There is absolutely nothing like the feel of a real book in my hands! If I had more room, I probably never would have bought an e-reader. But in the years since I bought it, I’ve read tons more books than I usually do.

      Never enough time, ever enough money, never enough shelf space for all the books I want to read. But I’ll keep trying!

  2. Very clever! Does the NOOK have a keyboard that allows you to write in comments and highlights as you read a book like the Kindle does. I used the highlighter to track lines for when I write a review later.

      1. Being a fan of using notecards for research compiling, the highlighter in a book just looks like a mark. On the other hand, in recent years, I’ve become more apt to xerox the article and write all over it, then put my notes on notecards…

        I like the concept of the nook and iPad to place books in one neat little package that weighs considerably less, and I like how your expression of that encapsulation. Right now, that’s my computer(s) because I need the keyboard!

        When vinyl made its comeback, I felt it was an expression of audio quality. The CD took over because it was higher resolution but only if the mastering process didn’t involve reprocessing cheap tape or studio. I processed many records direct to computer to CD which sometimes turned out better than the studio CD purchasable separately. Now, you pay more for it to be on vinyl and the privlage to download whatever they pass for MP3 versions. So the costs of having multiple formats outweighs the cost of the CD which is supposed to be superior anyway. So, I guess holding the book over holding the nook has its pros and cons in the same way (book == CD or vinyl, nook == mp3).

        1. The Neil Young memoir Waging Heavy Peace is in part his argument for and attempt to develop technology that can reproduce the high quality of music once enjoyed on vinyl. I believe you’d find him a kindred spirit.

  3. This is exactly how I felt after I put all my vinyl onto my computer in wav format, put them onto CD for backup and then into iPod for convenience. I like the encapsulation :).

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