I was offering tips and tricks to my new Kindle owner friend Jason, when I pulled mine out of its cover to look at the back. The cover doesn’t see the light much, and collecting autographs is a bit of a silly thing, in my opinion, but I got in the habit of asking speakers at The Amaz!ng Meeting to sign my Kindle, if I actually had one of their books on my device.
My first signature was Scott Sigler, which I obtained when he visited Houston a couple years ago during a book promotion. My second autograph was Eugenie C. Scott, who is director of the National Center for Science Education.
Other signatures I’ve obtained include James Randi, Simon Singh (Trick or Treatment), Brian Cox, Richard Dawkins, Richard Wiseman, and Bruce Hood. Hood’s signature is a bit ironic. I had just read his book Supersense: bit ironic since much of the book is about why we ascribe more value to things that have a physical connection (Mark Twain’s pen is more valuable than one exactly like it owned by a nobody; people don’t want to touch a sweater owned by a serial killer even if the sweater has been thoroughly cleaned). We had a bit of a chuckle when I talked to him about his book while asking him to sign my Kindle.
I started looking around my house, trying to figure out where to put my next batch of books, and thought I’d share some with you. I have about 900 books at my house, and another 50 or so on my Kindle. Before I moved to my present location, I had built-in books cases that were overflowing. I shipped about two hundred of my books to the wonderful organization Books for Soldiers. I highly recommend this organization. When they are not active, soldiers can experience deadly boredom. I sent much of my Tom Clancy books,
mysteries, stacks of my old National Geographic magazines, and frequently bought stacks of old paperbacks at garage sales or close-out bins. My oldest son, who was in the Navy, said they would all read their books, pass them around, and be left without reading materials until the next time the sub docked, which might be months, and in a country with few English language titles available. Soldiers in places like Afghanistan rely on family and friends.
I also took about three shopping cart-sized loads to a nearby Half-Priced Books location. I know that it seems sacrilegious to give away so many books, but I chose ones that I was pretty sure that I would not read again, or that my sons would be interested in reading. I keep classics, rare books, history, biographies of real people (i.e., I don’t read “celebrity” bios). Some of them simply were not good books.
Here’s a few of my current shelves. I’m considering turning my dining room into another library. Anyone need an antique dining table?
- TAM 10, come and find your pod (twodifferentgirls.com)
- How to Talk about Books You’ve Never Read
- Signed Kindle Cover (storytreasury.wordpress.com)
- Banning Kindles is no way of celebrating books (guardian.co.uk)
- Publisher replaces all instances of ‘Kindle’ with the name of rival e-book reader ‘Nook’ – and ends up destroying War and Peace (dailymail.co.uk)
- For the Love of an Old Book (rendezvouswithrenee.wordpress.com)
- The curious incident of the books on the Kindle (teleread.com)