Fair to say I’m loathe to put a book down. If I read over the cover and get a sense of what it might be about, I’ll commit and start it. Once I commit, it’s almost as though I’ve entered a relationship with the author. I don’t expect blowjobs and bonbons, but I do expect that the author will put their spine into it. ( as an aside, a work of literature that indeed delivers blowjobs and bonbons would be a welcome addition to the library. I kind of half suspect that the writing of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries delivered buckets full of blowjobs and bonbons, which is why lots of people had a formal Library in their homes. )
I may not wind up particularly liking the style or content of the novel or short story but I do hope that I’m holding in my hands the fruit of reasonable and intelligent labors.
I was given an eBook reader by my Dearly Beloved for Christmas. Quite in love with the device, I am. If one has a Nook, one can go for quite a few years if not more without paying for anything to read on the Nook. That is because there are many ways to get free material onto it. The most alluring method is to sign an ebook out of the New York Public Library onto it for free. The Nook is the only eBook reader that does this, and so was the logical choice. ( B&W reader. The “e-ink” is gentle on the eyes. The color one is ablaze with laptop-like eye burn ).
If you get into your Nook and sign into the B&N web site using it, you can do a search. If, in the search parameters, you enter in the following information, " $ 0.00 ", then the B&N website does a search by cost of ebook only. There are over 1 million, 8 hundred thousand free publications on the B&N web page.
I’ve taken to downloading based on title and cover art alone. It’s quite freeing ( and free-ing ! ). It is also a titanic crapshoot. Some of the title are much longer on the crap and shorter on the shoot than others. The democratic nature of posting literature through Smashbooks and other venues means that I am sometimes reading material best left unsubmitted to the High School literary magazine.
OTOH ( and there had to be an OH ), I’ve read a few novels in the last few months that were extremely engaging and well crafted.
Problem is, I have a lot of trouble exiting the piece even if it is starting to feel like it’s a disappointment. Why so? My financial investment, which if you look at it from a “buying and reading literature is a commitment and you’re invested so you want to get out what you paid so you finish even if you didn’t want to, to justify the investment” kind of angle is net zero. Even if I had paid cash myself for the Nook, that investment in no way equates to an expectation of superb writing. That would be like buying a new MacBook Pro ( oh, to dream ) and then expecting that the only websites it can take me to are liberally-biased. Hmmmmm.
It is a struggle. I just finished the most wretched self-reflective tawdry meandering masturbatory bit of blathering. It’s a short story. The title doesn’t matter. By page 4 I knew I was not going to be delighted. I could kind of tell I wouldn’t even be amused or brought to a moment of, " Huh. Hmmmmph. Okay. " And yet I’d started it so I finished it.
I wish the device had an OlfactorApp. It would emit a foul odor if the reader gets more than 500 words into a steaming pile of crap.
Until that time, I have to figure out how not to feel a certain level of commitment to a written piece.
p.s. I’ve found a dozen or more websites that deliver free eBook content. Well aware that the NYC Public Liberry, and the B&N website are not nearly the only portals to free reading pleasures. Just found it useful to limit the listing to those two in this post.