THE CRAZY OIKLET 22
A typical old fart set-up The latest thing
No need to go over that debate again. I’m not a fan but do have a reader with 500 classics on it (free from Gutenberg) – it saves me hitching up a trailer when I drive abroad on holidays. The ebook is certainly here to stay but won’t kill the book just as TV didn’t kill radio or film. One small glitch arises concerning just who owns that downloaded library. Remember Amazon removing the Orwell text from subscribers’ Kindles? Yep - they were entitled. I mention this after reading today of Bruce Willis’s collection of songs on his ipod – reputedly worth $40,000. Bruce is also a singer whose talents in this field equal his accomplishments as an actor. Apple are saying he can’t bequeath them to his kids since he’s only renting them from Apple – they are in fact not his property at all. It's all in the small print - just ask your lawyer. One imagines one’s own vast, bound-book library will finish up in a skip but at least there’d be a choice. An ebook library would simply melt into air.
Another great feature of the download is being exploited by Nigel Ford’s amazing Worldscribe site. The free taster. Things2read offers new stuff for nowt. Nigel runs a translators’ collective which covers many literatures from Russia to the Arab world (see Oik 14 for an example) so here’s an opportunity to dip your toe in. How many would have stumped up for A Brief History of Time if they could have sampled it this way? How many would have bought WS Burroughs’ Naked Lunch? And just think what you’d save if you’d sampled Fifty Shades of Shite in this manner. Cop Nigel’s offer below.
And while we're on the topic Tom Kilcourse reports that his early collection of stories The Human Circus (quite a few of which have appeared in the Oik) are now in ebook format in both Apple and others:
The old fart version (OFV) is, of course, still available as a paperback (see links from the Oik website bookpage) but it'd just clutter up your shelves and probably displace more worthy contenders like that commemorative Jubilee plate showing Brenda and Phil the Greek.