iBooks / Kindle et al

I just finished my first entire e-book on the iPad. Having recently finished “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” on my Kindle (first gen), I was looking for something a little more mature… I grabbed “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” by Seth Grahame-Smith from the iBook store, having nearly bought the hardback a couple times.  (I am quite aware of the irony of eschewing the Kindle for the iPad, then linking to Amazon about the book).

The book was quite enjoyable. I love the mix of history and fiction. I’ve always been a fan of history, the Civil War era especially, and this twist was an interesting change from the standard history texts. No dry, boring reciting of dates here. The author did a wonderful job. While some reviewers seem to think there is too much gore, I don’t think any of it was out of line with the story or the times.

I’m not sure I like reading books on the iPad, though. There’s this bug (they’ll call it a “feature”) where you can tap on a word, and instantly search either Google or Wikipedia with a single click. This horrible little bit of code nearly doubled the amount of time it took me to read the novel. Every couple pages in the book I was back in Wikipedia. And of course Wikipedia is rife with internal links, which open so nicely without disturbing your current article, so before you know it you have five windows open, and have completely forgotten where you started. It is a nefarious plot dreamt up by Apple & Wikipedia to prevent me from ever being productive again!

I’ll edit this on a computer later and touch things up a bit (edit – done). Just have one or two more things to finish reading on Wikipedia…

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

(book image copyright - um - whoever the copyright of the book image belongs to)


So obviously I still have a lot to learn about WordPress.  So far, I’m very impressed with the ability to customize.  I’ve re-themed the site, and am figuring out how to add some cool additional features.   My twitter account now shows on the sidebar, along with links to some friends.  They’re in alphabetical order (sorry Yancy) until I learn how to sort things.  I could do a simple HTML table, I guess….

I’m finding more uses for the iPad, as well.  I’m underwhelmed with the WordPress app, unfortunately.  It seems rather buggy; more like a beta product.  Here I am complaining about free stuff again.   It will work wonderfully for short posts, or to put up some pictures.  I got my first little itty bitty scratch on the screen (no crying…  yet).  I really need to get the thing in a protective case.  I ordered one from Apple today, and it should be here before the end of the week.  Until then, I might have to leave my precious at home.  (you heard “precious” in Gollum’s voice, right?)