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.
I 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?