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Help! Technology is leeching the life out of reading!

Endless books, by Su Ai

Einstein is quoted as saying, “Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal” and considering the way some people see indie publishing today, Einstein may not have been far wrong.

When Amazon introduced their Kindle and the 99c eBook, reading material was suddenly, seemingly endless. I could buy 10 books where before I could only get 1. It felt like a windfall. For many years, I would finish a book and twiddle my thumbs until the next one would fall into my hands. Now I could buy 10

GMail’s “Inbox Categories”

If you use Gmail, you know what I mean when I say “those confounded new Gmail tabs”. In June, Google rolled out Inbox Categories which they tout as organising your inbox so that messages “are classified into categories such as Social, Promotions, and Updates”. They say it’s supposed to help categorise your mail so that you see what you want to see when you want to see it. I say it’s just annoying because after being used to your Inbox looking a particular way for so long, this is just an added annoyance. It doesn’t really help.


Read it back to me, please

I am perpetually in editor-mode. This is one of my flaws; one that holds me back considerably when I am writing. And the reason is that I spend far more time re-reading what I have written rather than just blurting all my thoughts down on paper (screen?) as they come to me. All the experts say just dump it all out at once; you can always go back and re-read it again later on. That’s all well and good, but when you are like me, you’re constantly re-reading your last sentence back to yourself. What that means is

Can you effectively multi-task while reading?

When I am reading, I tend to fidget with things – my fingernails, the edge of a page, my hair, anything I can get my hands on. It’s a nervous habit borne out of restlessness. But I also believe that part of it is due in some part to this new generation of instant-gratification technology. I know. It sounds like I am blaming technology for my own short-comings. Yet another malady that is showing up more and more in our lives – laying blame outside of ourselves. But allow me to muse on that other issue for a

Book trailers? Absolute necessity or pretty fluff?

I have a few authors in my various social media streams – Google+, Facebook, Twitter – and one of the things I have been noticing an increase in is the frequency of book trailer postings.

I am a child of the 80s; and from a so-called “Third World” country, no less. The word “trailer” primarily forms the image of a vehicle that is towed behind another automobile or some kind, and is usually for either leisure or for the transportation of goods. After a while, the term “movie trailer” was assimilated into my vocabulary because … well, everybody