This Writer Got an EReader

I, Amanda, of book-loving, paper-huffing, tome-hoarding fame, have bought an eReader.

If I may, I will first mount my own defense. I know that I have been a very vocal advocate for paper books, but I have always tried to say that paper books are just my personal preference, because I’m so emotionally attached to them, and the smell, and the feel of pages between my fingers, and I understand why other people might want eReaders for ease and library access, and travel, etc. I bought a Kobo Arc mostly for its tablet capabilities. (Really, I did.) I’m going on holiday in two short weeks and my laptop, Charlie, will not be coming with me. But I am a product of the 21st century (not including my love of paper books, I guess…) and cannot be without my email and Facebook and Twitter and Netflix and Skype, and of course my solitaire. The Kobo Arc is affordable, and it comes with access to a bunch of free books, so I figured I would give it a shot.

I will still be taking paper books on holiday, because as I often say in defense of paper books, paper books never shorted out when they got sand in them did they? However, I did purchase two eBooks within half an hour of having the Kobo in my lap. One of them was from the selection of titles you get at a steeply discounted price as the first eBook on your shiny new eReader. I chose Saxon: The Book of Dreams by Tom Severin, even though there were so very, very many Highland Harlequin romances to choose from… (Is that a genre to itself now? Something about Scottish dudes with their kilts and their… sporrans?… that gets romance readers going? Oh, romance novels, how you baffle me at every turn.)

The other book I bought, at full price, was Stephen Fry’s Moab is My Washpot. I have been trying to find this book everywhere and I’m afraid Edmonton just isn’t the place to find it. I’ve been trying to use Amazon as a last-resort only and support local businesses. If I enjoy it, I probably will try to find it in hard copy, but I also want to give eReading an honest shot, and thought I might start there.

I will keep y’all up to date with my reluctant eReading experience. Playing around with my Kobo was fun during the set up process, but I can’t see it replacing my book-loving, paper-huffing, tome-hoarding ways. I attended a writers’ conference once and sat in on a seminar about eReading that basically dissolved into the panel and the attendees discussing how much they loved paper books, waxing poetic about the tactile experience of paper. So the deep suspicion for eReading seems to run in my writerly blood, but I do want to give it a chance as a medium.

Before I even completed the setup process, I asked Chris what he thought I should name my Kobo. This is a common thing for us – we were into naming our electronics before we even met each other, a compulsion that I’m sure comes from my writing and Chris’ gaming. And the names have to be good because we really do use them. Chris never asks me if I want to bring my laptop, he asks if I want to bring Charlie. (I named Charlie for Charles Bingley, if you are curious.) The naming is serious business.

“It’s pretty much the library of the world at your fingertips, so who do you want as your librarian? What is the name of the best librarian ever?” Chris asked.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce you to…













  1. Congrats on your Kobo! I’m like you, I prefer my paperbacks, but I’ve tried eReaders recently and I have to say they’re not so bad.
    Also, Giles is a perfect name! =D

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