Journal Entry

reading and ebooks
sun 13 feb 2011

I finished reading another book this past week, which brought my Unread Book Pile down to 43, from the 50 that I started with at the beginning of the year.

Unfortunately, I accidently bought a new book!

I swear it was an accident: It was two dollars! How in the heck am I supposed to resist a 2$ book?!

*sighs* It was a Kindle book. and I don't have a Kindle. And I told myself I would wait until my birthday. In May. May! Months from now. But I have this growing library of Kindle books...


Note to self:
After buying the Kindle, must download... Calibre.
Gonna need to "convert" some ebooks after all!

In my wanderings the other day, I came across an interesting article on the GoodReads blog:
  GoodReads: Reading Across the Gender Line

The post is about how women buy and read more than men, but there are more male writers. Also there are more male published book reviewers.

And then there's this weird thing where men read mostly male writers, and women read mostly female writers... BUT "women were more than twice as likely as men to read and review a book by an author of the opposite gender."

huh. In my own reading habits... When I am buying a book, I definitely give more weight to my decision when I am buying a female author. In science fiction _especially_, because I know that there aren't as many female writers in that genre. (thusly my happiness and joy with James Tiptree, Jr, a brilliant female sci fi writer!!)

And up until fairly recently, my favorite author has been male: David Brin (science fiction writer of the series called Uplift). Unfortunatly, he doesn't seem to want to continue with the series that enchanted me. So I needed someone new!

I really enjoyed the Wess'Har series, by Karen Traviss, even tho she completely ruined the end. heh. (But, after all? Science fiction with vegan aliens? What's not to love?!)

And then I fell in love with Kij Johnson.
It was Kij Johnson who has lead me into this uh interest in Japanese mythology and history. Expanding my reading and knowlege is brilliant!

So, I suppose she's my new favorite author.

And now I think I need to go re-read The Fox Woman. Did I buy that as an ebook? Yep...

Which leads to a GoodReads post a bit further down the page
  Will 2011 be the Year of the Ebook?

also an interesting article, although the entire idea of ebooks is so very old to me. Since I've been reading ebooks since the '90s. *smirk*

And, finally, I cannot believe that the guinea pig Tessie didn't win the GoodReads mascot poll
  GoodReads Mascot Poll Results a bee? are you kidding me? *rolls eyes*

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