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My Confession
3/8/2011 7:06:56 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

I have a vested interest in ebooks. I make money, albeit a small amount, by selling them. I want to promote ebooks and convert people into buying ebooks because the more people who buy them, the more money I can potentially make, thus fulfilling my dream to take over the world and enslave the masses - er, I mean make a living as a full-time writer.

But I also have a bunch of books left in my eternal too-be-read pile; ones I bought before getting my Kindle (I swear, baby, I swear!) One of these is a hardcover edition of Dan Simmons’ Black Hills. So one night I picked it up and sat down to read.

Here’s my confession: I soon found myself caressing that mound of cool, smooth pages beneath my fingers. I’d forgotten that tactile sensation – so smooth, so substantial, so satisfying. I felt naughty, like I was being unfaithful to the new technology, to the ebook revolution, to my Kindle…

I’m sorry, baby. I try to be faithful to you. You’ve been good to me, instantly showing me the meaning of words I didn’t know before. You remember where I left off without the need of inserting a square of toilet paper between the pages. You complete me, you really do, in the way that only an ereader can.

But sometimes…sometimes I admit I may stray. Sometimes the lust for the heft and feel of a flesh and blood physical book may just overwhelm me. I could’ve kept this secret from you, but I love you too much. I could’ve visited my contraband to-be-read pile on the down-low, but then I’d fear your suspicious glances. “Is that ink on your collar?” you’d ask me. “Do I smell musty pages on your fingers?”

No. I love you too much for that. Those books – those paper and glue books…I just read those. But it’s you baby – you my dear ereader – I love you.

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More Blogs by Joel Arnold
• The Sucking Suckathon of Suckiness - Monday, May 21, 2012
• Mississippi Pearls and a Car Biding Its Time on the Ice 'til Spring - Thursday, December 29, 2011
• One Decade, One Story - or how One Thing Leads to Another - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• Racing Minnesota-style! - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• This Here Minnesota Horror Author was a Big Old Scaredy-Cat - Thursday, December 22, 2011
• Jack the Blob Killer - Monday, December 19, 2011
• Death Rhythm - Tuesday, September 20, 2011
• More Writing What You Know - Monday, September 19, 2011
• How I Interpret 'Write What You Know' - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• Blessings - or - What I write after having one too many... - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• 120 Miles in a Canoe - Monday, June 27, 2011
• On Stephen King - Thursday, June 23, 2011
• Why Horror? - Wednesday, June 22, 2011
• Zen & the Art of Swearing - Friday, June 10, 2011
• If Coffee Shops were Run by Airlines - Thursday, May 12, 2011
• Trying to Figure Out What Scares Me - Monday, March 21, 2011
•  My Confession - Tuesday, March 08, 2011  
• Going Indie with my novel Northwoods Deep - Friday, March 04, 2011
• How I Envision Conflict When Writing - Thursday, March 03, 2011
• Wall Drug - why it's one of my favorite places - Wednesday, February 02, 2011
• Jonesing for a Road Trip - Wednesday, February 02, 2011
• Snowmapocalyptopalooza - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
• How Do You Remember? - Thursday, January 20, 2011
• When your parents are librarians... - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
• The genesis of a novel - the first 6 days - Tuesday, January 04, 2011
• Searching for Truth - Characterization - Thursday, December 16, 2010
• Control - and a little more about Northwoods Deep - Monday, December 13, 2010
• Bukowski - Wednesday, December 08, 2010
• Flies, Flies, Spam, and Flies - Friday, December 03, 2010
• Naivete and the Young Writer - Thursday, December 02, 2010
• For Writers looking for some Adventure - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
• My usual rider for family/friend appearances - Tuesday, November 23, 2010
• Writing and Me - a dramatization - Wednesday, November 17, 2010
• Writing Tip o' the Day (now with vitamin C!) - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
• The Power of Music - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
• To All the Bookstores I've Loved Before - Monday, November 15, 2010
• The Care and Feeding of Writers - Sunday, November 14, 2010
• Rudiments - Thursday, November 11, 2010
• Writing Tip o' the Day - Wednesday, November 10, 2010
• Tragedy - now with 50% more pathos! - Tuesday, November 09, 2010
• Perspective - Monday, November 08, 2010
• The Daunting Dauntiness of Tweeting on Twitter - Saturday, November 06, 2010

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