A friend of mine – a very, very good friend of mine – just gave me a Kindle. Yeah, no shit.
So I’m downloading some stuff. This is tough, because I’m such a freaking cheapskate, so I sorted by price and started with a bunch of public domain books at a buck apiece – Darwin (Voyage of the Beagle, and Origin of Species, and his book on worms, which I’ve always kind of wanted to read), and Lewis and Clark.
Then this morning it occurred to me to check my wishlist for stuff available on Kindle, and I downloaded a couple more books (David Crystal’s How Language Works and Gordon Dahlquist’s Glass Books of the Dream Eaters – which I have tagged as a recommendation of “sdmb, not unambivalently”). And I check out a few more things as sample chapters and decide not to get them, which at least cleans up my wishlist a bit.
Then I start going through my recommendations, which leads me to buy a $.99 bio of Captain Cook and Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn – I liked the samples on these.
Dear god, stop me before I download again!