Scribd and stuff

Yeah, quiet week on this blog. Sorry about that! I’ve had two trips to IKEA (for shelves! to put books on!) and produced about 14 000 words in my NaNoWriMo document – which is a clumsy cyberpunky tale, this year – and, oh, I watched Interstellar, which was really shiny.  (I also finished all seven seasons of TNG:Voyager, about which I have opinions, but I’ll keep them to myself.)

Oh, and I’m doing this free test month subscription to Scribd.  Tentatively, because I don’t really like to read on glowing screens, BUT I’m, um, expecting to become the kind of individual who owns a phablet sometime in the next couple of weeks.  That’s mainly because I do illustration things and I like to always have some kind of drawing tool with me, but, well, with a screen that big with that kind of resolution, I probably will have a go at reading a book on it.  While I wait, in tears, for the kindle voyage to become available for international orders.

am a gadget nut. I guess.  It’d be a little weird if I wasn’t and still had a thing for robots.  The robot designs are by the way the coolest things in Interstellar.   Now you know!   And that was a massive digression. I was going to talk about what a huge selection of e-books and audiobooks Scribd has, and offers decently cheap access to.  I’ve added a whole bunch of titles to my library on there, from old growing-up favourites like S.E. Hinton’s Runble Fish to more recent, interesting-looking things, by authors like Chuck Wendig and Wesley Chu.   A pile of non-fiction is on there, too.   For a happy booksy experience they’ve even put together little themed collections, so you get a tidy lump of suggestions if you’re looking for “Epic fantasy series-starters” or “Colonizing space” and whatnot.    I like it.  I hope an app-running device with e-ink will make an appearance some day to make this kind of thing even more appealing.   Because, well, despite the gadgetry, I just don’t see myself abandoning my kindle for it.  (Maybe the audible membership, eventually.)

Do you read on regular glowy tablets and/or phones?  Doesn’t it hurt your eyes? Is that just a complaint made by old near-sighted farts?

2 comments on “Scribd and stuff

  1. It’s funny you mention that, because I just got a refurbished Kindle Fire HDX to replace my old Fire HD (both basically tablets)- the great thing is you have an options with the brightness and screen type. I read primarily white text on the black background or the newly available dark green text on a light green background, because the regular black text on white background hurts my eyes. I also always have the screen brightness on the lowest setting.
    I’ve also been a gamer forever and am used to bright screens glaring at my eyes, but I don’t think most people have trouble with the Fire tablets, from what I’ve heard.
    Good luck with your NaNoWriMo!
    ~Litha Nelle

    1. Thanks!

      You make a good point – I spend a lot of hours staring at gaming screens myself, and my eyes aren’t bleeding yet. :p

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