Hybrid reading

Print books aren't going away, people. And B&N's Jim Hilt agrees:

Despite the popularity of eReaders, Hilt warns booksellers not to get carried away with eBooks. “The idea that the print book is going to die some slow long death is actually a fallacy,” he said.

I love ebooks, it is true. I also love "real" books, and I always will. I buy lots of both kinds, and plan on continuing that into the near future.

It generally comes down to price. If I can get the eBook for cheaper than a print copy (usually used), eBook it is. However, if there is a new novel from one of my favorite authors I am not against paying $13 for the eBook since I hardly ever re-read novels.

Philip K. Dick Award 2011 nominees

The Philip K Dick Award nominees for 2011 have been announced. I haven't read any of the books on the list, but I am sure as hell not going to read Deadline (Feed was my least favorite read of last year).

Here's the list with some Amazon links to make me a few cents:

I haven't read any of the nominated books, though I have admired the covers of the The Samuil Petrovitch Trilogy in a bookstore recently (and I just bought the first book on my Kindle):


No time to read

MurdersheIn the Land of the Non-Reader Jonathan Gourlay writes about going cold-turkey with reading: "I must have some free time. Perhaps the “I don’t have time to read” line is just a cover. A way that people excuse themselves from the uncomfortable truth that they do, in fact, have time but that they would rather do something other than read with that time (such as pretending to be a wood-elf)."

For awhile I stopped reading because I thought I didn't have any time for it. Turns out I did have plenty of time to read, I just spent it watching Murder, She Wrote. Now I just read a novel while watching Jessica Fletcher outwit some criminal.

What took so long?

I've long wanted to create a blog devoted to by two passions in life: reading and writing. In fact, I've created several iterations of this very blog, Scott's Reading List, none of which launched.

As I was struggling to figure out why I could never get this site together I realized I had made a rookie writer's mistake: I was concentrating on the tools and not the words.

I'm a geek, you see, so I took the opportunity of launching a new blog to learn some new blogging software. I tried a few, and I had some cool ideas about how the site should work but I would get lost in the details. As I fiddled with settings and templates I continued to read books, but not write about them.

That's when it hit me: no one cares what software I use to run the site, so just use something that works and get on with it.

This is me getting on with it.