Thursday, March 22, 2012

Library Books on Kindle

I've had my Kindle Fire for a few months now and I decided to renew my library card and start downloading some free books from the local library.  You can check out up to 5 e-books for a week, but I've run into a few problems.
First of all they only had 200 fiction books that are available for downloading.  Now I understand that it takes a while to get books digitalized for downloading, but I do question the books that are getting priority. The Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery Series, Your Pregnancy and Bad Boys in Black Ties can't really be that popular, can they?   I saw two books from the New York Times best seller list, Defending Jacob and Death Comes to Pemberley. As I've said in the past I'll pretty much read anything except Chick Lit.  Well the 200 available books include a ton of Chick Lit Romance, Chick Lit Mystery, and Chick Lit Caca.  If they're picking their books by popularity it doesn't speak well for what my friends and neighbors are reading.
But I worked my way through through their list and discovered that nearly everything had a waiting list.  Now why should e-books have a waiting list?  Theoretically everyone in town should be able to read the same book at the same time.  But that's not how it works here, and to be honest we are at the back of beyond, so they have 1-5 copies of whatever book you select and everything I was willing to read was waitlisted.
I got my first book yesterday, a mystery by a well known author who I use to read till he got really bad, but I was desperate for a book.  Took me a bit more than 3 hours to read the book, and it was bad, really bad, I want my 3 hours back.  I won't name the book or the author because others may enjoy his work.  As for me I read anything, the back of the baking soda box I was using to clean the sink, and everything, Jane Austen (she is everything I need to know about life), but I will not be reading this author again free though his books may be, my time is too valuable.


  1. Oh dear - what a shame! I think I would have given up on the book (I don't have much perseverance with books I'm not enjoying), but at least you obviously read quickly. I hope the library soon chose some books that are more your cup of tea, and that there's no waiting list for them!

  2. "Jane Austen, she is everything I need to know about life." That's great! I would only add Mark Twain to it. I don't like fiction unless it is excellent.

  3. Up to now I haven't got a Kindle so don't have your problem:) Maybe you should say something to your local library about the kind of books they are digitizing?


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