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Do you read E?
In 8 years of recovering data for people with computer problems, I recovered an e-book folder with content exactly twice. And once I recovered an authors e-book from a document folder. If I strike up a conversation about e-reading or pull out a reading device in a public place I find plenty of people who are interested, but none who know how to read e-books.
I do. I may be the queen of e-reading. If I was stopped on the street and offered a hundred bucks for every e-reading device I could pull out of my purse, I'd earn enough for a month's rent. I don't know how many e-books I have. I think the number is somewhere around a thousand. I have them scattered across multiple computers and multiple devices. They are in all possible formats: .lit .pdb .prc .pdf .epub etc. etc. etc.
Perhaps the multitude of options keep people from tackling the e-reading learning curve. Maybe no one is truly aware how much treasure has been digitally archived on the Internet in the past few years. There are books here you could never hold in your hands because they are too far away, to old and fragile, too rare. But they have been scanned and archived by the great libraries of the world for your reading pleasure. No charge. Just visit the Internet Archive link here (Hawthorne's The Snow Image, a childrens book with gorgeous illustrations) and it will open your first e-book which you can read online or download free to have for your very own.
There are also sites with brand new books fresh from the publisher given as gifts by authors to anyone with the desire to download and give it a try. Here is a link to what might be the coolest blog on the Internet,Finding Free E-Books, and you'll find everything you need to acquire e-reading fluency. There are regularly posted links to giveaways for a variety of new books. There's a link list of e-reading software, info on how to read with or without an e-reading device, and an explanation on what to consider if you decide to shop for an e-reading device.
Today is the first day of the annual Read an E-book Week event. I hope you'll give an e-book a try. If you're an e-reading fiend like me, I hope you'll read one this week and blog or tweet about it. Point others to your favorite e-reading sources. I''ve prepared flash drives with FBReader and an pdf reader installed on the drive and a small library of e-books from the best free sources on the web and from new books contributed by great authors like Kelly Jamieson, Ashlyn Chase, Nan D. Arnold, and Nara Malone.
I'm making the promotion of e-reading a long term project. My E-book Evolution Newsletter launches Monday March 15th.
I'm thinking most of my my blog visitors are e-readers, but I could be wrong. Let me know in comments below if you're fluent in E-reading. Everyone commenting is automatically entered in this week's drawings for an e-library. I'll pick a name from all comments posted by midnight ET and post the winner tomorrow after I've contacted them. Good luck and happy e-reading!
This is my blog response to the Sunday Scribblings prompt: Fluent. Go here to see what other Sunday Scribblers wrote.