I’m not an
author - and have no desire to write a book – but, as you should be aware by now, I am a passionate reader. So when Sandra Rabiasz of RBWM asked for our support for an October promotion I was happy to offer the following (which I'm stretching over 3 blogs!)
your desert island book?
My Bank Statements by Roy Plomley would be an
interesting read, particularly since I suspect royalty payments are still
flowing into his estate. And, of course, the companion piece, Just a Minute but Loadsamoney by Ian
Messiter would probably be as enthralling.
rather than choosing a book I would jump to the single luxury you’re allowed
(by law) and opt for an Apple iPad so that I could take a multitude of books
and have other entertainments available as well. (The island has broadband,
flippant choice reveals something far more significant about 21st
century culture: since 2000 I have done a complete volte face. As a print
and paper man through and through, I laughed in the face of those who foretold
the advent of electronic readers. But there’s no disputing that the very clever
TV advert for the Amazon Kindle is clearly positioning their product as the present from [gadget loving] him to
[book lover] her this Christmas. I suspect many women will once again wheel out
that ‘grateful expression’ on December 25th but wish they’d had the
£109 to spend on books instead.
they will try it and there’s a fair chance they will find times when it comes
into its own – holidays, rather than lugging a bag full of books through
customs? Make no mistake, these things are here to stay and you might as well
stop being a Luddite and, when you get the chance, give it a try. Feedback to
date suggests that readers who have them – particularly female readers – don’t
give up on books but use the convenience of their e-reader when it suits.
It's about time we had some feedback on how our readers are finding this new technology so please feel free to comment.