Recently on my Tumblr
, I got the following feedback on my Reading Method.
I usually read 4 books at once and always thought there was something wrong with me but I just read your reading method page and realized that since I've been reading like this I've been finishing books faster and enjoying them more. I never realized that the reason I was reading so many at once was because of where I was and how I was feeling when I started each...
I, of course, had one of those floaty moments! Here is how I replied:
OMG, I think I just teared up a little! YES! I’ve read a lot of articles about “the best way to read” that say “concentrate on one book at a time, don’t get distracted and you’ll finish books faster.” I find the EXACT OPPOSITE to be true, when I have multiple books going, I actually finish them FASTER because I don’t burn out on any one book. So glad that’s been your experience too!!! *Happy Dance*
So, the news broke today that Amazon has bought the largest book community on the web, Goodreads, which is also the lifeblood of my reading life. My first thought, as someone who works in the digital world, was "REALLY smart acquisition on the part of Amazon." They just bought the attention of 16 million of the most avid readers in the world. My next thought as someone who watched Apple buy and destroy my favorite music service LaLa in 2009, was "AMAZON BETTER NOT MESS WITH MY GOODREADS."
My reaction now is somewhere in between. I don't believe it will turn out to be in Amazon's best interests to destroy Goodreads. Apple bought what they saw as a competitor (LaLa), while Amazon is buying Goodreads in a bid to increase their social footprint around books. Might they mess with the Goodreads formula? Potentially. But I'm in a wait and see mode. The hysteria I'm hearing from my book blogging compatriots who are threatening to close their Goodreads accounts seems premature and reminiscent of EVERY SINGLE TIME FACEBOOK HAS A SLIGHT DESIGN CHANGE.
Am I somewhat concerned at Amazon's potential monopoly on the book world? Sure. Total monopoly always has a negative effect. Do I think their purchase of Goodreads is the straw that will tip the world into READING APOCALYPSE? No. I'm personally looking forward to being able to rate my e-books straight from my Kindle and having my Goodreads account automatically update my e-book reading progress.
For everything else, I will be keeping a cautious but intensely fascinated eye on all developments!
The words that spoke to me this week.
“But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.”—Daphne du Maurier
“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”—Maurice Sendak
“Right now I’ve got just two rules to live by. Rule one: don’t taunt elephants. Rule two: don’t stand next to anybody who taunts elephants.”— Sergeant Schlock by Howard Tayler in The Tub of Happiness