So, I normally think of myself as pretty (okay, very) old-fashioned. I was the last person on earth, I’m convinced, to have gotten an answering machine, and about the last to get a cell phone. (Or maybe I’m just more antisocial than old-fashioned). Nine times out of ten I’ll chose a book with pages and a cover over an e-book; an independent bookstore with a coffee shop and resident cat over Amazon; and editing with hard copy and red pencil over electronic editing.
But times are changing. And one must also think of the environment. So I’m embracing all things e.
I’m happy that Forgetting English is now on the Kindle. And I’ve also discovered the free iPhone app that will allow me to read my Kindle books on my iPhone — and clearly I’m just about the last person to discover this as well. So far, more than 2 million users have downloaded this app, and there have been more than 12 million book downloads.
So far, I’m still reading more actual books than e-books, but so far, I’ve enjoyed the e-reading experience, even if so far it has been limited to New Yorker articles and proofreading my own book. For someone with aging eyes, the text is extremely readable, and reading on the iPhone is fantastic — particularly when it comes to airline travel or standing in line at the post office, i.e., places where a paperback or even a Kindle can feel too cumbersome.
I’ll never give up my library, even though it’s becoming a serious earthquake and fire hazard … but it’s nice to know I can store a few good books in small boxes every now and then.