One of the ways that a writer connects with the outside world is through social media. There used to be a time, before Facebook and Twitter when writers had to do different things. Mostly they had websites, yes they did exist before Facebook. Ten years ago, before I had a computer or a smart phone, I used to get a majority of my information from books. If I wanted to read something I went a looked for it. I didn’t use Amazon, which I go on regularly now.
I never went out to look for a particular book but I was a regular at the local library. Through my late fees alone, they were able to buy a new computer. I’m not sure if it’s true, but it’s a running joke at my local library. The computer has made me thick and lazy. It’s not all it’s fault. I don’t have to find out everything via the world wide web. I’m intensely curious and using my phone to find out this and that has removed my need to look in a history book. Fiction, on the other hand, I still prefer books. That might be a strange thing for a writer to say, especially since I’m published in eBook format.
eBooks have their uses. It allows a lot more people to be published, be that a good or bad thing I’ll leave up to you to decide. I have a kindle, so I have read eBooks. I’ve discovered a lot of great writers that way. Writers who have started off in the eBook format, especially ones that I like, I usually try and track down something they’ve done in print. I like my bookshelf to be visibly full, you don’t get the same effect with a Kindle. I like reading in the bath. Can’t take a Kindle there, well you could, but I wouldn’t want to risk it.
So what’s the point of my blog post? Maybe we should all take a rest from the computer, go to the library and learn about something the old fashion way, from a book.