TracyReaderDad’s First E-Book Experience

Those who follow this blog know that I have been resisting e-books.  To me, there is nothing like the smell and feel of a REAL book.  However, progress is progress and I am softening my stance.  Besides the technology is cool.  (See my Technical Blog,

This weekend I saw a posting on Facebook by John Gilstrap.  He mentioned that he has just taken his first steps into the e-book world and gave two links.

Since I really enjoyed “No Mercy” by John Gilstrap (click on John’s link to the right).  I figured I’d give his links a try.

Here are the steps I took:

I  downloaded the free Kindle for a PC as per the link John gave on his Facebook entry:

The download and installation went smoothly.

Then I went to “Fresh Kills, Tales from the Kill Zone” link on Amazon and downloaded the e-book ($2.99 is very reasonable).   Here is the Amazon link:

I had to go back onto the Kindle software to complete the download but once I did that, I had “Fresh Kills” on my computer.  (I hope Amazon got my $$ since I had not gotten an indication that they did.)

The free Kindle user interface and usage is lacking. It was hard to find John’s  “In the After”.  I could not jump to it, nor were the stories broken up into easily accessible chapters, and the titles are all clumped together.  I went page by page until I found it, then bookmarked it.  That worked.  🙂

I read the story quickly (well, as quickly as I can read).  It was VERY good, about a writer and his wife being held accountable for a past article that caused the suicide of the terrorists father.   4 WaterTowers.  🙂


Since I sit on the computer all the time, reading a short story on it was fine.

I probably would prefer the Kindle (or Nook..see my intro of the Nook on this blog) since the screen is better for intense reading than my laptop.

OK, I’m changing…I’ll probably get an e-reader at some point but will still buy real books.


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