I spend a lot of time on the internet. Is is too much time? I don't know. I am certainly addicted to the net and would struggle in life without it now. There is nothing I don't get done though, with two exceptions, concentrated television watching and book reading. I haven't done badly so far this year with about three proper books read and three electronic books, but in days before the net, it might have been three books a week and a lot of newspapers and magazines. Of course who should I blame for not reading as much? You, dear reader, you. You write interesting things with nice photos and at times I am sent off on mad internet hunts. You also encourage me to write and take nice photos, which also takes time. It is all your fault! So there!
I save reading paper books for at home but when at work or when travelling, I like the convenience and lightness of the Kindle, but I have become a victim of marketing. Remember the story about the Gillette razor blades? Give them the holder but charge them for the blades. A more recent version has been printers, where you pay more for the ink cartridges than you do the printer.
How does this relate to reading books on a Kindle? Simple, give the customer the first of five or six books in a series for free and if it is a good book, the company is almost guaranteed you will pay for the rest, which is exactly what I am half way through doing.
The book, or books? I don't know how widely she and her works are known. The author is Irish born Martha Long and the books are auto biographical, beginning with her appalling childhood where such mistreatment should have seen her parents locked up. Ma, He Sold Me For A Few Cigarettes was a harrowing read. The book was among various free books offered by Amazon. I did not realise then that it was a series of five.
It was quite some time before I downloaded the second book in the series and had to pay for it.. Ma, I’m Gettin Meself a New Mammy focused on her teenage years in a convent, having been sent there by the authorities. The third, Ma, It’s a Cold Aul Night an I’m Lookin for a Bed, sees her depart from the convent at the age of sixteen and try to make her way on her own and find work in a very harsh city of Dublin.
What I am about to buy now is Ma, Now I'm Goin Up in the World, with still to come, Ma, I’ve Got Meself Locked Up in the Mad House; Ma, I've Reached for the Moon an I'm Hittin the Stars and
Ma, Jackser's Dying Alone.
Ok, that is seven books in the series. I am curious if any of you book readers out there know of these books. Obviously I am enjoying them if I am paying for them, though I doubt I would pay if they were paperback prices.
Ma, Jackser's Dyin Alone