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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Did I mention I'm writing two novels?

In case it's slipped everyone's mind, yes, I am writing novels. And if you check out my two other blogs, you'll be able to read excerpts from them.

In the mean time, didja notice the hoorah over DaVinci Code? I read the book. I liked it. I'll probably see the movie.

Does that mean I'm about to give up my faith? No. Nor do I feel threatened or demeaned by the propositions the author, Dan Brown, has put forth in his story. It's a work of fiction, people. Just as every single story in the "Left Behind" series is a work of fiction. They're all just 'what if' scenarios. By the way, I like the "Left Behind" series. It's written well enough that despite some of the more 'heavy-handed' preachiness, I'm eager to work my way through the entire set. Of course, being LDS, I find the "Work and Glory" series far more interesting...

Now no matter what you think about DVC or LB, you probably have figured out that I'm somewhat geeky. This translates into my switching from just 'dead-tree' (hardcover and paperback format books) to ebooks. What's that? You haven't made the jump? What are you waiting for - an engraved invitation?!?

Look, some of the older PDAs have atrociously small screens, but most of the newer ones support 240x320, 320x480 or 480x640 full-color resolution screens (3.5" to 4.0") and have adjustable font sizes to make even the most near-sighted and tired eyes capable of reading the ebooks. And then there's the dedicated ebook readers such as the older RCA REB-1100 (around $100-$150 on eBay) and the newer iRex Technologies Iliad, Sony eBook Reader and Hanlin Jinke V2/V8 series devices, all of which feature 6" or larger screens. All of these run between $299 and $450 and can hold at least 80 ebooks. (Okay, the pdas win here over the Sony hands-down as it's possible to insert a Compact Flash, Secure Digital or XD 8 gigabyte memory card which can hold around 9,600 ebooks! I'm using a 512MB Compact Flash card and I've got 347 ebooks stored with over 84% of the card still available.)

The fact is that it's far easier to use a PDA for reading than any dead-tree book and you get the convenience that you can also switch over to check out your email and play a game - and not lose your place in the story. Now some of you may already be doing this, but you may have parents and grand-parents who are stuck in the dark ages. Get thee hence to eBay and buy them an HP iPaq, Palm TX/Lifedrive or Dell Axim. Liberate them now!

A short P.S. If you haven't checked out Simon Haynes' work, the "Hal Spacejock" series, I strongly suggest you do so. I've read snippets of his first story and am eagerly awaiting my chance to purchase the dead-tree versions. He also has written some decent writing and ebook reading/creating software. Here's a link to his blog.

Hal Spacejock

3 Comments:

Anonymous Rose said...

I wish you much success with your writing endavors. I see you got the paypal button to work.

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Rose said...

Opps endeavors.LOL

7:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Stormcrowe said...

Personally, I just dump the ebook into a pdf format and read it on my linux puter! That way, if I fall asleep reading, I wake up to the whales screensaver! Good luck, Og, you old "Speaker to Bark"!!(You know me from the bar when I was MUCH heavier, by the way! Drop by and see the changes in me at my blog!).

3:15 PM  

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