Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
I’ve been getting this lately, when I tell people I have an ebook I hope they’ll buy and read: “An ebook? Oh, shoot. I don’t have a Kindle. Or a Nook. Or whatever.”
It hit me in the middle of the night Christmas Eve. All I need to do is ask them, “Well, do you have a smartphone?”
Nine times out of ten they’ll say yes. Then all I need to do is remind them — just trying to help! — that they can read ebooks on their smartphone.
They will be boggled at first, because what they were really trying to say is that they have no intention of paying $2.99 for — what, a book? Aren’t those free now? This is crass and shameless, and they should be made to feel uncomfortable for a few seconds when you come back with your smartphone advice. They’ll probably then say, “I’ll have to look for it,” then walk away sheepishly.
Young folk, particularly, seem to have no difficulty reading a book on a tiny phone screen. Apparently they’re not hooked on the Nook, since they prefer the all-in-one convenience of their iPhones — plus they like to take selfies of everything they do, including reading, I assume. They’re ripe for this strategy.
So, there’s literally no excuse for not purchasing the ebooks of friends, neighbors, loved ones, or favorite bloggers. You can get the free reading apps for Kindle here and the ones for Nook here. (Kobo as well…)
Oh, and if someone is blithe enough to tell you he doesn’t have a smartphone? Well, he can read an ebook on his computer (as a goddamn favor to you!) if he absolutely has to, and there’ a free app for that too.