A pleasant surprise
So here I was, just checking my emails before work, when I found this right at the top of my inbox:
A brand new ebook to read: Symbiont, by Mira Grant.
Now obviously, this didn’t come free: I preordered it not long after finishing Parasite, thinking back. But before today, I’d completely forgotten about it, so finding it was indeed a nice surprise. And given how Parasite ended, it’ll be very interesting to see where Grant ends up taking this series.
Of course, this doesn’t mean I’ll be reading Symbiont any time soon. Symbiont was pretty much an impulse buy, done purely on the spur of the moment, and it’s far from the only book I’ve bought in such a way; the only difference was that most such books were already out. As a result, my kindle tends to be…well, cluttered.
This, if anything, highlights one of the few disadvantages I see in ebooks: with so many new books just a click away, it’s all too easy to get carried away buying them…and in turn, to end up buying books you never get around to reading. I’m very much guilty of this: at this point, it would probably take a year to go through all the unread books on my kindle right now.
But ebooks have many advantages as well, in my opinion. For one thing, they’re simply convenient: a single ereader can store an entire library’s worth of books, while taking up less space than even one. Also convenient is the ability to discover a book, buy that book and read it within the space of minutes…the risk of repeated buying notwithstanding.
But the real thing about ebooks, for me, is how they’ve allowed me to discover new things. Without ebooks I’d have never come across the Wilderhark Tales, and in turn would never have read the brilliance that was Inspired. I’d have probably never come across Other Systems and would certainly have never read it. I’d have never read short pieces like Adam or The Man At The End Of The Universe, not to mention the excellent Shades and Shadows anthology.
And discovering new things is what matters. Right? 😉
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