Welcome Kindle, goodbye Facebook

By , 20 May 2010 8:29 pm

I suppose I have come to terms with both arrivals and departures in technology this week. In case you hadn’t noticed, the first volume of the Lamb among the Stars series is available free on Kindle for another week and has done very well. It is currently hovering around ten in the charts and if you haven’t downloaded it, please do. If you’re British you will be asked to pay VAT. How you pay VAT on an invisible object is somewhat beyond me but never mind. Actually not only do I not have a Kindle but I’ve never actually seen one; people apparently do import them over to the UK but they have not been officially released here yet. Rumour has it a European version of the Kindle reader will be released sometime in the autumn but at the moment I don’t really have a feel for how it will work. Anyway I have tried the book both on my iPhone and on the PC and it looks very fine indeed. I have to say that if we could put all of our books on something like a Kindle we would probably have the equivalent of an extra spare room. But I suspect the hundred terabyte Kindle is someway away and I like the tactile feel of books.

I realise that it’s over 10 years ago that someone first started to talk with me about electronic books but it now seems as if they are reality. One interesting implication that I have found mentioned on the web is whether or not we ought to write now primarily for e-publishing. The idea is that as you write you should add – presumably in some form of hypertext – references, quotation sources and possible expanded sections. Producing this sort of thing has vaguely crossed my mind as I am starting working through a new book, but I’m going to duck it just at the moment. I’ve no doubt though, that someone somewhere is preparing a work of fiction that will be first and foremost an e-book and only secondarily a paper book.

And I have also decided to say goodbye to Facebook. It’s a combination of things. I rarely use it, there are growing security concerns about it and the bizarre artificiality of having people as ‘friends’ who you have never met has increasingly irritated me as my ‘friends’ have got more numerous. It has also been pointed out that for a teacher to allow students to become his ‘friends’ is to risk reducing that already perilously narrow gulf between learner and teacher. So if you suddenly don’t find me on Facebook, don’t worry, it’s nothing personal. Anyway you can always with get me through my website. [One downside I have just found is that all my comments on the Lamb Among The Stars Facebook page have been removed. Oh dear!]

It strikes me that this complicated process of accepting and rejecting is something that we ought to continuously do with all these gifts that technology bestows upon us. The fact is as I labour on with the new book I occasionally wonder whether I wouldn’t be much better off without the Internet at all. In fact sometimes I wonder whether a pad of paper and a good fountain pen is all you really need.

Have a good week

8 Responses to “Welcome Kindle, goodbye Facebook”

  1. Simon says:

    I’ve been experimenting with Facebook for a few months and decided from the start not to be “friends” with people I’m likely to see face-to-face regularly (i.e. no-one from church or work). It’s been quite good for keeping in touch with distant friends and younger relatives, but has raised some interesting questions of etiquette when responding to requests to be friends. You can ignore requests, but if I know them I feel guilty.

  2. Ruthie says:

    I completely agree about being better off without the internet! I find usually it’s a waste of time, time that is better spent writing books. And reading them, too. Facebook is good for keeping in touch with long distance friends, but then again, there’s email. I dislike Kindle and all other versions of e-books. It’s just not the same as picking up the book, finding a comfy spot to sit and read, holding it in my hands and turning the pages… Staring at yet another screen just does not compare to the experience of reading an actual book. I don’t plan to support anything related to e-books unless they stop publishing the actual books.

    Keep writing, Mr Walley, and blessings to you.

  3. Heather Hendriksen says:

    Just wanted you to know on the free Illumina software I received with my NLT Bible has a hyperlink ‘Shadow of the Night’ above your name that takes you to a palm reading site.
    You may want to check it out!

    The Lords Blessing,

    Bob and Heather Hendriksen

  4. Heather Hendriksen says:

    They actually have it listed under ‘The Shadow at the Evening’ above your name. Not sure if this can be fixed or not? Please let me know if there is other information you need.

    Bob and Heather Hendriksen

  5. Heather Hendriksen says:

    They actually have it listed under ‘The Shadow at the Evening’ above your name. Not sure if this can be fixed or not? Please let me know if there is other information you need.

    Heather Hendriksen

  6. Deltamatic says:

    @Ruthie: Yes, the net can be a waste of time. But it’s valuable nonetheless and offers things that would’ve been impossible without it: cross-continental friendships are becoming common, people can easily publish their own creative works to a wide audience, people with obscure interests can meet and converse. And besides, if one decides the net is bad, one can simply stop paying the isp’s bill. 😉

  7. Roberto says:

    For what it is worth, I discovered your work via the aforementioned free Kindle download and m enchanted and looking forward to buying the other volumes. Yes, I said “buying.” I think that the Kindle is a great way to get your work known: people will try any well-reviewed book — and yours are on Amazon — if it’s free and then your ability does the rest.

  8. Sherri says:

    Re: Kindle, I’ve had mine for a little over a year and cannot imagine my life without it. An avid reader, I find that I am reading even MORE now and am even reading genres I’d not have thought I’d be interested in. While I understand people saying it’s just not the same as having a book in one’s hand, for myself, I have always been more interested in the content of the book rather than the container in which it comes to me; and I have at times found books to be too cumbersome. To be able to carry up to 1,200 books in my purse…? To have THAT many books available to me when and where I want them? Incredible and a lot less intrusive than a hardback novel of several thousand pages… :)

Leave a Reply

Panorama Theme by Themocracy