Update: The “Real” Book Experiment

Well it’s been a few weeks and I thought I’d give you a quick update on how it’s been going reading a physical book.

In short, not terribly well.

I’ve had two trips these past couple of weekends, both of which provided ample time for reading. And I did read. I finished Just a Geek on my Nook, and I made some decent progress on The Falcon at the Portal and read a couple of novel samples on the Kindle.

(Speaking of which, somebody’s going to have to convince me The Bone Season is worth slogging through. I couldn’t get past the first ten pages).

A Morbid Taste for Bones was in my bag on both trips, though the first I considered leaving it behind. But, not once did it leave my bag.

Now it has occurred to me that it’s possible that even though I thought the Cadfael was good it might not be what I’m in the mood for right now. It also is possible that I was determined to finish a book on the Nook in particular to justify its purchase (testing the fractal book was a good initial excuse, but eReaders aren’t cheap).

As it happens, I returned a day early from my trip to a friend’s lake house, which gave me ample time to check out the Labor Day 20% off sale at Half Price Books. This is the sale where I trudge the clearance section to get a little more shaved off, or look deeply in the sections I usually skim.

Along the way I found a copy of Terry Pratchett’s first Discworld series book, The Color Of Magic. This is a book I’ve intended to read for a while, and at only a little over $5 for the Kindle, it’s frankly a little surprising I hadn’t bought it already. At Half Price the book was $3.75 and I was genuinely considering not buying it (saving a dollar is nice, but it still seems to be true the book stands a better chance of being read on the Kindle). But with 20% that $3.75 became $3.00.

What a difference $0.75 makes eh?

I’ve dived right into this one, getting about 30 pages in my first day (10% to the eReader crowd). We’ll see if it keeps up, but for the moment I now have two books in my bag.

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