Nookie Nookie

This blog entry isn’t related to my own books or my search to connect with a literary agent, but it is book-related so it’s close enough. And anyway, it’s my own damn blog so I’ll write what I want. And here’s what I want: I want to make a confession: I have converted!

I’ve always considered myself to be one of those people who enjoys the smell and feel of paper when I open a book. There’s nothing like settling down on a winter’s day, under a blanket, with something yummy and chocolatey juuuuust within reach and cracking open a book with that printy smell and the sound of turning a page. For all their convenience, I couldn’t see myself buying a eReader, like Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes and Noble’s Nook.

Yeah, well, meanwhile back in Realityland, I got to thinking. I’m a fan of historical fiction (which why I’m writing a series of historical novels). Give me a 1000 page book covering the history of London, or the misadventures of a willful Southern belle surviving the ravages of the American Civil War, and I’m happier than a binoculars salesman at a nudist colony.

There’s no getting around the fact that 1000 page books are HEAVY. And if you’re traveling you probably want to take several books with you. I do, at any rate. Pack a few of those and suddenly just your reading material takes up half the friggin’ suitcase. Suddenly the concept of an eReader makes sense. Add one book or add a thousand, it weighs the same (ounces, not pounds), it doesn’t take up any more room in your case than a slim paperback and it comes with a built in dictionary handy for looking up words like palimpsest which I came across recently but didn’t have a dictionary close by. Chocolate-yes; dictionary-nope. (In case you’re interested, a palimpsest is a manuscript (usually written on papyrus or parchment) on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased. It’s also the name of a memoir by Gore Vidal which is rather a clever title now that you know what the hell a palimpsest is.)

At any rate, my point is the eReaders make a lot of sense so it came down to ‘Do I get the Kindle (which is by far the most popular brand) or the Nook?’ My preference was to go for the Kindle until I discovered that I can’t download ebooks from the L.A. Public Library onto the Kindle. The Kindle can only read Kindle-proprietary software, whereas the Nook will read all sorts of different files types, including PDF, ePUB, and all the e-media available through the L.A. Public Library’s website. That was a big selling feature for me so even though the Kindle put up a damn good fight, ultimately the battle was over when I realized that I can still snuggle under my blanket and read anything I want and still have something yummy and chocolatey juuuuust within reach. Actually who cares what I’m reading just ask long as there’s something yummy and chocolatey within gob-shoving distance.


About Martin Turnbull

The Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels blog is by Martin Turnbull, a Los Angeles based historical fiction author writing about the golden era of Hollywood in his series of novels set at the Garden of Allah Hotel, which stood on Sunset Blvd from 1927 to 1959. Check him out at and Facebook: "gardenofallahnovels"
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One Response to Nookie Nookie

  1. Bill Margiotta says:

    Congratulations! I hope you enjoy it. I Love my Kindle!!

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