12 Books in 12 Months

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The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 5

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Yesterday’s list of reasons to hate the kindle got quite a lot of hits for comparatively little publicity, which is interesting.  Presumably it reflects the mood of the internet at present.  However, in the interests of impartiality (I still haven’t come down on either side of the fence) today I feel I probably ought to post some reasons why you should buy the kindle and love it more than your own children.  This inclination is one of the trials and tribulations of being a revisionist historian/journalist – one must always look at both sides of the fictitious coin.  Here goes.  Continue reading “The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 5”

The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 3

One of the main defenses I’ve heard for kindle is the fact you can make books large print at the touch of a button.

I can now confirm that this ain’t no word of a lie – look how unnecessarily enormous you can make the text if you so desire!  Surely nobody is this blind and still attempting to read traditional print?  If you are that person, now is the time to switch to audio books.  Seriously.

There are a number of different size settings, and you can also change the line spacing (perhaps you want to be reminded of a dissertation you once wrote that was all double spaced, whatever floats your boat) and alter the typeface if it makes you happy.  The whole thing is designed to be nice to read off, and it genuinely is, although there are one or two things that niggle after a lifetime of reading pages with text on both sides, to wit:

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Flaming Fields

Today I had my first negative experience of the 12 books in 12 months project, when someone on Twitter took exception to my suggestion that people ‘like’ the Facebook Group.  “Sincerely, fuck you,” quoth he.  “Not everyone is a drooling facebook cretin.”

Constructive criticism, how I have longed for thee.

I appreciate Facebook is annoying in a lot of ways.  But in terms of publicizing a project which will probably die on its arse if I can’t get people to interact, it’s potentially very useful.  It’s also a good forum for posting links for those people who don’t use Twitter – including the majority of my friends. So frankly, this chap can piss away aff.

I’ve read a few comments of late about the fact people think it’s OK to be needlessly rude on the internet in a way that you wouldn’t be in real life, and I suppose this is another example.  I won’t be losing sleep over it, but naturally it’s irritating.  And I am supposed to be recording everything for the posterity of book 13, so there it is.

In news more in-keeping with the predominantly positive tone of the project, Rebecca Jamieson of Informed Edinburgh interviewed me last week and her article is now live here, complete with somewhat poser-y photo.  Meanwhile, in Italy, police found Caligula’s tomb when some guys tried to nick a statue from it.  This is surely the butterfly effect, sparked off by my research for book one.  Or not.

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