To Eread or Paperback It – Minding The Gap

True irony. A hardback book on an Ereader.

I liked The Daily Post’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Minding the Gap about using an eReader or actual book.  After taking the poll, I found that I am clearly not in the minority when it comes to still enjoying a good old-fashioned paperback book.

I don’t buy a lot of books, and the main ones I do tend to be hardbacks that will stay on my shelf for years to come.  I rarely get rid of books except the trashy (and trashy is a loose translation) romances I indulge in occasionally.  I love holding a real book and for the most part I always want to keep it that way.

But………

I think a Kindle or Nook, cause the Nook is way cuter, would be super handy for all those paperback books I do want to read.  I wish I didn’t have that shelf of all the romances and excess ridiculous books.  I would love to have the eReader for all the Shakespeare I want to own, or the poetry of poets I don’t really care if I own a copy.  Is that sad?  Possibly.

The downside though to the whole eReader thing, at least for me, is the cost.  If I can go to my library book sales and spend ten bucks on a bagful of romance and Et cetera, why would I want to spend almost ten dollars on every paperback I read?  The cost would be phenomenal and not something I could do.  Sure it would free up a lot of space. And by a lot, I mean A LOT.  I have this one whole cupboard devoted to the paperbacks.  And this is a house that does not have a lot of room, so any cupboard space is dearly needed.

If someone were to pass of a Kindle to me today, I wouldn’t turn it down.  And the $79, it’s not a bad price.  But, again, I would have to buy the books.  And trust me, I’ve read some of the free books, and most are not worth downloading.  There are many others I would rather read than wasting my time on the really trashy books.  My apologies to anyone who has a book in the free section for a time being and the book is actually good.

Does this solve the debate?  Not in the least. I will probably always want a book in hand.  Heck, here is my issue with virtual versus physical.  I need a glycemic index of foods and I can read it online, but I would much rather have a stack of pages that had the items listed. I like things in hand.

Signing off

~Kate

 

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WordPress Just Fueled My Already Obsessed Obsession With My Email

I love email. If I had to pick one thing I’m obsessed about, besides books, pens, writing, reading, photography and various other things, email would be one of those things. Clearly I can’t pick one thing, but that is beside the point. Happy, happy emails in my inbox. Oh that new mail at the top highlighted and waiting to be read. The blink of a familiar address popping up in my inbox. All those lovely emails to read. Why, someone wanted to contact me, and there is their note waiting for me to click it open.emailing1.jpg

I am habitually checking my email, hoping for a note from someone, even if I don’t expect anything from them. Or checking for a note from someone though I’ve yet to reply to one of theirs. It is usually the first thing I think about in the morning, and since my laptop is right by my bed, I can indulge in that obsession. Or habit. I’m not sure which one it is. And usually checking my email is the last thing I do before clicking off my light, or many times, the light is already off, like right now, and I’m checking my email.

Can I live without email? Yes. Do I want to? No.

No, while it would probably be healthier if I didn’t obsess over it, nor rely on it for various things from moments of mood boosts when a ‘Like’ comes in from WordPress, to blogs I want to read but do not have the time to even glance at, I still really enjoy it. I actually don’t use it that much for correspondence, unless you count the few people in my life who I don’t actually write letters to, meaning on paper. There are a couple people in my life I do not actually send a stamped letter to, though I would like to. Email is more of a collection of blogs that I am subscribed to, though this is more recent in the past two years, and various other updates.

I attempt, in my life to keep writing to paper and pen, which for the most part, I succeed at. Email is actually, when one comes down to it, a necessary evil. We would all get along fine without it, but for anything online, you need it. You can’t subscribe to anything online without an email, whereas on paper, email is still usually optional.

Sometimes I miss the paper and real life optional aspect.

All that being said, this feature of WordPress where you can send your post in via email is great. While I like the format of writing on WordPress, there are times when I just don’t want to have to pull up a new window. Why right now I’m typing via my email, partly to keep with the post from The Daily Post at WordPress on Mail It In. I tested it out on Monday to see how it worked, and wow, that is a nice feature. I mean, a really nice feature. I like that I can tap something quickly out and it will post, just so long as I remember my Catagories, and common tags. The categories might be tricky to remember, and I don’t have the coding down yet, but maybe a few more times and I might. I do miss the fact that with the WordPress Dashboard new post, there are usually suggestions for images and other posts to link to, but I don’t always need that.

Do I need one more reason to use my email? Probably not, but I can see how this feature will be something I use in the future for blogging. Does this fuel my email obsession? Probably more than it should, but it might be just the novelty of a new thing. I get this way when I see new themes on the Theme Showcase. Heck, right now I’m debating changing my theme to the new Twenty Twelve, just because. I probably won’t, though it is tempting.

For now, I’ll just use the email your blog post in, when the mood strikes. I still like planning out my posts before just tapping one out. Though honestly, this was not one of my better posts. I had it plotted out much better in my mind and it did not come out that way. Pardon the randomness of it all.

Signing off
~Kate

Testing Testing One Two Three

This is just me testing out the new email in your blog post to see how it actually works. I sort of knew about it, but had never tried it. After reading the wonderful post about the perk of a WordPress account, I had to try it. Emailing in a blog post is really a nice feature because sometimes when I’m out at the library, or down on another computer, I don’t want to have to log into WordPress to post.

Not that I have time to do much extra posting, but it is a handy feature. Plus, if I use it for my other blogs as well, it might come in quite handy.

So, let’s see how this works.

Signing off
~Kate