Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Two and a half weeks since my last post! Where did the days go?

The school holidays flew by, filled with trips down south to Gore, a jaunt to Middlemarch and shopping trips to town. Then there was Easter in the middle weekend, which sliced up the holidays with church services, the walking of the cross and numerous tasty breakfasts of Hot Cross Buns.

It had been my intention to spend a good part of the time writing, but it just wasn't to be. I did however begin a short story for an upcoming local competition. The theme is crime or mystery and I unearthed an interesting historic event that occured not far from here. It was labelled at the time as the "first sticking-up" in Otago. What a quaint expression. My muse was taken with this event and a story based on it is developing nicely. More on this in a later post.

After some careful consideration, I am moving the location of my novel - hence the jaunt to Middlemarch.(A little township in the midst of a remote plain, an hour's drive inland from Dunedin.) And more on this in a later post too.

But what I really want to post about today is:  My new Kobo e reader!

Now let it be said that I adore books. The real kind, made with paper and ink. I love the smell of new books and the musty aroma of dusty old books. I admire the colours on the front cover and the fancy embossed writing that you can run your fingers over whilst marveling at the fancy fonts. I like the way they look placed in a bookcase in their sets, or stacked horizontally until they bulge from the shelf. There is nothing nicer than turning the crisp white page of a new book, or wondering about the stains and smudges of an old treasure. And nothing beats the thrill of finding just the right book in a dark corner of an op shop, or unearthing a long forgotten book at the bottom of a storage carton. I love books!

So, how could I have succumbed to an e reader, you ask?

The answer: logistics and cost.

Logistics: There are only so many books that a house can hold.
Cost: There are only so many "real" books that I can afford.

Now that I actually own one, there are more considerations to add: no need for a bookmark, it slips easily into my handbag, and reading in bed is so much easier. You know those chilly evenings when you snuggle down and only your nose and the hand holding the book pokes out? And there is always one side of the page that is harder to get at? And you have to squint because wearing glasses lying down in bed is impossible. Well, with an e reader the problem is solved: there is only one side to it and you can enlarge the font.

Will I still buy books? You bet! But I'm glad I finally succumbed to technology.


  1. Great post. I love the way you describe things and you painted those book so vividly I could smell them from here!

    I think you might have almost persuaded me that I need an e reader too. LOL! :)

    Welcome back to the blogoshere

  2. Hi Sue,
    Excellent post! Now you have the best of both worlds.

    I love that 'sticking-up' expression, and good luck with the short story. It all sounds very exciting - look forward to hearing more.

  3. Pen - I know you'll just love it when you get one.

    Joanne - I had my first 'negative' experience with Kobo this morning: right at the most exciting, dramatic piece Kobo takes away the words to tell me my battery is low!!! It's now charging - this time I'll be patient and leave it for the whole three hours! :)

  4. Hmmmm... I'm still not convinced. The reading in bed thing could be a plus, but a book is still a book in my head. I'll have to see one properly...

  5. Tim - I know what you mean. I certainly haven't given up on traditional books. But I am so enjoying the free books that are available!