I have to admit it took me a while to warm up to the idea of e-books. In fact, last year around this time I swore I’d never buy an e-reader. Who wants to hold a sterile electronic device when you can open a book, inhale its pages, and flip back at forth at will?
Then my husband bought me a Kindle for Valentine’s Day.
And it’s been the best thing ever. I loaded up four memoirs for our vacation to Vancouver this fall. My luggage was noticeably lighter and I never worried about running out of reading material.
The other great thing about e-readers is that some material just isn’t available in print. Take Amy Tan’s new work, Rules for Virgins (Byliner.com, 2011). It came out this week solely as an e-book for $2.99.
We had our first snow today, so I declared it a snow day and didn’t step foot outside at all. This morning as my kids played, I fired up the Kindle and read Rules for Virgins while sipping the last of the genmaicha my mom brought me from Japan 18 months ago.
Embracing my inner Asian Studies nerd, I love that Rules is set in 1912 Shanghai. You see, I’m already gearing up for the centennial of the Chinese Republic. Sure, it was already celebrated on Double Ten this year, but the official start date of Sun Yat-Sen’s government was January 1, 1912. What better way to commemorate this historic event than with a new story set during that time?
In the coming months, we have something else to look forward to–Tan’s new novel, The Valley of Amazement (Ecco, 2012), from which this 42-page ‘long short story’ is based.