I remember the days not long ago when one of my favorite pasttimes was browsing the racks of music stores. I not only enjoyed the music but I loved the process of the hunt for new CDs.
Then the technology came along where I could load my CDs and burn my own CD mixes for playing in my car or on my portable CD player when I was running outside or on a treadmill. Wow, burning my own CDs–how could it get better than that?
I bought my first iPod which I could fit into the pocket of my running shorts which contained hundreds of songs. I then discovered ITunes and began downloading music. Then I reached one conclusion–I needed a bigger iPod. Now I had one small one to play music while I was working out and a bigger one to play in my car or home. All of my favorite music could fit in my shirt pocket.
I found that in the process of downloading music I discovered new bands and new types of music. The shelves were never empty at ITunes and the CD or song I was looking for was never out of stock
Then I found there was really no point to browsing the music stores. My visits to places like Tower Records or the wonderful Music Millenium store in Portland, Oregon became less and less frequent.
Soon those record stores starting disappearing. So did the CDs which lined the several shelves in my home. Why do I need CDs? I NEVER just play a CD. If I wanted to hear an album by an artist I could just switch to the album mode on my iPod. I finally let go of the security blanket or having the CDs on the bookshelf at home. I had horded them like they were an endangered species that I must preserve for future generations.
Then I realized the folly of having stacks of CDs from the past that will never be played again.
About a year ago when my second novel “Expiation” was published I got a call from my daughter who told me “I’ve been listening to ‘Expiation’ as I drive to work and back each day.
“Really?” I didn’t remember anyone making an audio version of my novel. “How are you doing that I asked?”
She informed me that she has “Expiation” loaded on her Kindle and uses the voice reading feature on her Kindle and listens to my book being read to her through the car stereo system.
Oh yeah. Is it a female voice or male voice? She said she switched it to a male voice since “Expiation” is written in first person and narrated by the main male character.
I noticed Kindle sales of my books starting to show up on royalty statements from my publisher.
I attended the LA Festival of Books for a book signing and there was lots of talk about e books. Suddenly, everyone was talkikng about e books.
Things seemed to be changing.
On Christmas morning, 2010, there were two Kindles under my Christmas tree–one for me and one for my techno-phobe wife. I was dragging her into the new world whether she wanted to go or not.
Since Christmas I’ve read six novels. I got into a frenzy of downloading on Christmas day. My Visa card company called me on December 26th checking “an unusual amount” of activity with purchases from Amazon. Well, yeah, guilty as charged.
I have the New York Times Book Review, the Seattle Times and the San Francisco Chronicle delivered each morning to my Kindle for my reading pleasure. I’m also revisiting classics like Crime and Punishment, which I’m reading now. Suddenly I’m starting to wonder why I have all of these bookshelves in my house. I’ve haven’t browsed a bookstore since the first of the year.
I even noticed my wife reading her Kindle in bed with an adjustment made for a larger font so she doesn’t have to wear her glasses. On our nightstands where there used to be stacks of books are now Kindles.
Hmmm. This is a familiar pattern.
I confess sometimes I like to listen to my two novels being read on Kindle.
Follow the Amazon link on this page and you can be reading my novels “Expiation” and “Sunbreaks” in moments on your Kindle. I hope you enjoy reading them…or listening to them.
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