The Art of Self-Restraint

It’s 10:30pm. I have to get up early for work tomorrow, so it’s time for bed. I’ve heard a lot of people say that it’s bad for your sleep if you’re on the computer before you go to bed, so I decide to read a bit before I go to sleep. I grab my e-book … Continue reading The Art of Self-Restraint


What We Can Learn About Self-Publishing From the Indie Music Model

After last week’s piece on the Nose regarding self-publishing, my friend and I had one of our classic Facebook battles. This happens frequently and is more a result of our love of debating masterfully than it is of deeply held convictions. We once debated whether or not diamonds were organic during an entire shift at … Continue reading What We Can Learn About Self-Publishing From the Indie Music Model

Time for Another Revolution

Sure, call it bragging, but I graduated summa cum laude with the top (or damn close to it) grade in the English Department. (Albeit in my small university.) The year I was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta I was its Vice President and the following year I was the President. I made the Dean's List every semester and … Continue reading Time for Another Revolution

Atoms and Words

Publishers spend a lot of time on book covers and page design, to make books professional-looking and attractive. E-books bypass all of this: There's a cover page, but it's easily dismissed when we turn the page. All e-books look more or less the same, and the words have to stand on their own. The selling … Continue reading Atoms and Words

Thoughts on my Android E-Reader

A few weeks ago, I bought a Kindle Fire for my birthday, after trying out a regular Kindle for a day. Here's what I said about it: Friends suggested I get a Nook, an iPad, a Samsung... but the point of this exercise was to experience using a Kindle, currently the most popular such reader[...] … Continue reading Thoughts on my Android E-Reader

Thoughts on my Fire

My wife and I both love books. Looking around our home, I can see five bookshelves without leaving my seat, and there are seven others I could see if I got up and walked a few feet. Martha ordered herself a Kindle for business travel, and she enjoys it thoroughly. She uses it on the … Continue reading Thoughts on my Fire

Thoughts on my Kindle

I recently bought a Kindle. More than once, as I’ve been excitedly showing off my new toy to friends, they’ve said “well, I just really love books, so I’m not interested in this.” Or even a more extreme version--that they’ll only be dragged into using this new technology kicking and screaming. If I point out … Continue reading Thoughts on my Kindle