...about the e-book I"m about halfway through right now, Crowe on Banjo. I just finished Chapter 6 and was enjoying the old black and white photos that come at the end of that chapter. Well, at least I enjoyed two pages of photos. Those two pages were followed by 32 blank pages, meaning that all of Chapter 7 and a portion of Chapter 8 are missing. I contacted University of Illinois Press about the problem and, within five minutes, I received a reply addressing the problem. Amazing response. (The problem appears to be at the service from which I downloaded the book, not with their upload to that service.)
...about how sick I am of those Kindle television commercials that ridicule those of us who still prefer tree-books to what Amazon is obviously intending to be their main line of business within a few years, e-books. Even the Chicago Tribune folks are noticing. Here's some of the dialogue quoted there from one of Amazon's snide little ads:
In it, a woman in red struts past her friend who asks where she's going. "I want to get a book that came out today," she says. When he tells her that he does too, she suggests he join her at the bookstore.No he didn't "get it." What he got was an electronic file that he can't share with anyone, sell, trade for another book with a friend, etc. He did not get a book. He got a limited-use copy of the words in the book.
"I'm good," he says, then pushes a button on his Kindle. "Got it."
...about finding some time this weekend to drive into the city to visit some of the wonderful indie bookstores down there that I've neglected for way too long. You know, though, what they say about good intentions vs. sleeping in on a Saturday morning.