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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What will your books say about you in 100 years?

I am one of over thirty grandchildren on my mother's side. In prior years, as my mother and her siblings have sorted through households filled with family items, I have received a number of old books. It didn’t take long of flipping through pages to realize I’d found a treasure trove.

Names and dates.
Pressed leaves and flowers.
Poems.
Book reports.
Embroidery.
Lists.
Photos.
Newspaper clippings.
Locks of hair.
Doodles.










My daughters and I have spent hours poring over these finds, wondering and weaving stories about the past owners.

But it also begs the question ~ what are we leaving for posterity in this digital age?

I have the letters I wrote home to my parents my first year away at college. I also doodled in my books, underlined passages, and made copious notes in the margins.

But life – and technology – has changed since my college days. Life is different for my children than it was for me at their ages.

How do you press a flower in a kindle?

Where do you take notes in the margin of an online article?

How will future children and grandchildren see the doodle of a future husband's name when all is exchanged in texts?

I decided a few years back that I wouldn't switch completely to e-books and e-everything. But now I've made a new resolution. I think I'll start leaving notes and lists and that little backyard bouquet from the 5yo inside the pages of posterity.

And just perhaps…perhaps, a note of encouragement, a verse of Scripture, a doodle of yours or mine could inspire a future generation at a time that God appoints.








What will your books say about you in 100 years?


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

E-readers Are Beautiful…Or Are They?

Before we get into today’s discussion, I want to let you know of a sale Harlequin/Love Inspired is running for the month of July. It’s a sale that includes my book, Under Duress! I’m honored to represent the state of Indiana in the Fifty Books – Fifty States– 50% Off sale.

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It's a great time to get it, if you haven't already! Click through to shop HERE.

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A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the pros and cons of print books.

Let’s talk about e-readers today.

A few years ago, I began hearing friends talk about how much they loved their kindles. No way, I thought to myself. I am never reading on a screen!

Call me a Luddite if you wish, but that felt like succumbing to technology. I didn’t want to be absorbed into a screen, even if it was the glorious words of Pride and Prejudice or A Christmas Carol.

Then…my husband gave me an iPad for Christmas about three years ago. I downloaded the kindle app and found a few books and gave it a whirl. This past Christmas, he gave me a Kindle Paperwhite, and I now have hundreds of books classified into categories. It’s not perfect, and I’m not willing to give up print books. But I appreciate it.


Pros ~

  1. Some books are available only for kindle, especially when the author self-publishes. There is no other way to read that book except electronically.
  2. I can carry literally hundreds of books with me, everywhere I go, even on a vacation of thousands of miles.
  3. My Kindle Paperwhite is lighter and easier to carry than many books. Did you know Charles Dickens’ Bleak House is over 1,000 pages?
  4. Lots and lots of classics are free for kindle.
  5. Lots of contemporary books are free for kindle for a limited time.
  6. E-books can be less expensive. My own book, Under Duress, is one dollar less in electronic format.
  7. More on an e-reader means less to dust in the house.


Cons ~

  1. The kindle needs to stay charged. No battery life means no reading.
  2. I haven’t done the research, but I’ve heard that too much exposure to a screen can be damaging to your eyes. On the other hand, my optometrist said that the kindle and the kindle paperwhite have eliminated that risk. I don’t know for sure, but it seems to fit best here under the Cons. {I’m not a doctor, and this isn’t medical advice.}
  3. If it’s lost, there go hundreds of books.
  4. Until someone puts a scratch-and-sniff button on it, there is no aroma of books.
  5. My kindle contents are completely dependent on Amazon. So far, so good, but you never know the future….


There you have it. Isn’t it interesting how writing out a list can often make you see things more clearly? Sometimes....








What do you think of e-readers? These aren’t fightin’ words. We’re just talking here. J



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