Shawn L. Bird

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new library locks April 22, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:34 am
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In the four hours

I spent

trying fruitlessly

to load a library book

on my new e-reader,

I could have driven

to the library

taken out the book,

read it,

and returned it.



I have a new e-reader, since my Sony died this weekend.  The Kobo Glo is quite sleek and light weight and the screen is fantastic.  However, it does not seem to want to transfer library books.  I’m feeling a trifle grumpy with Kobo today, despite the fact that they show all my books in their catalogue and on preview. (Though some as Shawn Bird and others as Shawn L. Bird- what’s with that?).  Anyone have a secret method of getting library books to transfer?  I”m using Adobe Digital Editions, and I’ve tried dropping and clicking files from my download location to the Kobo, which worked with all my existing e-library, but didn’t with the new library book. Suggestions?


in praise of paper, or not… October 18, 2011

Filed under: Reading — Shawn L. Bird @ 5:13 pm
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Here’s a link to a blog post by a young lady in Toronto who LOVES books, Kelsey Bhatia.  She is vocally anti-electronic book.  I keep trying to convince her, but she isn’t buying the concept.   😉  Yet.

See my response to her comments below her blog.

When I look around my house that is exploding with books, I know I have a problem. I have over a hundred books just ‘about’ in my living room within sight of where I type at this moment, and two shelves of cookbooks in the kitchen, stacks on the backs of the toilets in two bathrooms.  There are two shelving units packed with books in the guest room, and 14 4′ long book shelves in my family room, 4 shelves in my craft/laundry room, and six 6 foot book shelf units in my office (where most books are laid in vertical stacks, in double layers), plus boxes and bags of my ‘class room library’ books in office and garage.  Obviously, I love paper books, but I am so thankful that the e-reader is storing 60 books that don’t have to find a space for in my house!  I hear that you can store well over 2000 books on a new generation Kindle, and that makes me very, very happy.  An entire library in your purse, all the time.  So far I’m fine with my Sony e-reader (despite my frustration that Grace Awakening is STILL not showing up on the Sony Store!)


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