my Sony ereader and returning library books early


Got my Sony reader for Christmas and have added a number of books, newspapers and magazines to it.  Some from the Sony Reader Store, some from the Gutenberg Project, and some books from my public library.

I have read about 6 books so far and enjoy this book method.

I borrowed Dick Van Dyke‘s memoir from the Midland Public Library and their ebook cooperative, http://www.simcoe.pulse.ca and finished it in two days.  The book was borrowed for 14 days, the default loan period.  That was when the trouble started.  I dropped by at the library on the way home and spoke with one of the librarians who was knowledgeable about ebooks and readers but we could not work out how to return a book early.  I puzzled it out last night.

It may be in the user guide but I did not check there.  As an old tech writer, that was quite a sin.

With the Sony Reader running and a wi-fi connection, open the Books folder from the Home screen.  Change the view of books from cover icons to the text list of books.  Then press the options button and go to the second page of options for that screen and view.  Return library books is an option that you can select.  Only the library books show a check box for you to check to make your selecction of returns.  Press done, found at the top right of the screen.  And back they go.

 

Advertisements

Ken Bruen and his Jack Taylor books


I am part way through this Galway based dark but funny, and violent, but insightful crime series of books by Ken Bruen.  The new Ireland takes some scolding, alcoholism drenches the characters, but Jack Taylor, the protagonist suffering ex-Garda carries on moving forward or perhaps falling forward.  Do read these, you will learn a lot of side information and there are a lot of references to various books and authors.  Highly recommended.    The bonus for me is that I have visited Galway, back in 1996 and liked it more than Dublin.  Bruen is so very gifted.  read him, you will be rewarded.

Vision and a Reading Life


My eyesight took a dip recently and my overdue eye examination is now scheduled. Makes me consider the possibility of blindness or at least reduced vision, reduced to the point where I would be unable to read. Reading books has been a life time pleasure. To lose it would be a terrible change. A quiet world. A narrowed world. A long time ago a woman I knew asked me if I really needed to read another book. I looked at her and realized how little she knew me and how much of a stranger she was to me. The answer then and now is yes, I need to read another book. The answer will always be that I need to read another book. It is not a retreat from experiencing real life, but another course in the meal. An extended reach.  An essential pleasure. Now and then I wonder if she ever figured out what she might be missing.