or should I say, gratifiction?
A few days ago, I read a post on SCBWI-LA regional advisor Sarah Laurenson's blog, Short Stuff, in which she mentioned opting for a paperback over the instant gratification of an e-book. As a Kindle owner, this resonated with me. I love the convenience and immediacy of adding to my Kindle library -- but I'm torn.
I started typing a comment on Sarah's blog about the instant gratification of e-books, and I made a punny slip. I left out one letter -- typing instant gratifiction instead. Presto! I inadvertently coined a new term. Maybe Amazon would be interested in using it for a future marketing campaign. If so, I'm copyrighting the word right here.
As for my embrace of the Kindle, I was an early adapter, but I'm not a total e-book convert. I love the Kindle for fluff -- disposable fiction like beach reading, as well as books on, and suitable for, travel. It's also wonderful for scripts and manuscripts that haven't been published yet.
Still, there are certain books I want to possess in the conventional format -- especially books that are illustrated, beautifully designed or have a graphic component, but also classics and books of importance that demand a place on a physical bookshelf. Granted, I have several boxes of books in storage because of space constraints, and my bookcase is overflowing, (see above) but I still want more.
Do you have an e-book library? If so, do you still buy traditional books? Why or why not?
I'm happy to announce the winner of last week's book giveaway. Sharon Mayhew will soon receive her own copy of Mockingbird, signed by author Kathryn Eskine. Congratulations, Sharon, and thank you Kathy!
P.S. Guess what? At last count, On Beyond Words & Pictures has 99 followers. Thank you everyone! The 100th follower gets a prize, most likely in the form of a conventional book. More on that soon...