Wednesday, October 20, 2010

High-tech - An ebook at last

The smallest things entertain me. But I suppose it can be argued publishing my book in a new format is not really small. So, come celebrate with me!  I just published my memoir: Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl as an ebook.

I lagged on this for many reasons, but not the least of them because there seems - to me at least - to be something slightly off about offering a book based on the nostalgia of the 1950s in the latest high-tech form.

But when I think about it, my dad adopted the latest technology available - converting our dairy from a stanchion barn to a parlor before anyone else in the county. 

Farmers today are at the cutting edge of technology with GPS systems in their tractors and combines. I'm told the equipment virtually operates itself in the field. Farmers could potentially nap as the combine works itself down the row, tells itself when to turn, ostensibly waking the operator when its bins are full. I have a hard time visualizing this!

So in offering my book to e-readers, I may simply be doing what agriculture has done all along - take advantage of the latest technology. 


  1. Whee! Congrats!

    I've been enjoying my Kindle, though one of the setbacks is not being able to get an author to sign a Kindle edition of her book, nor can I lend great books I read ... unless I lend the whole Kindle.

    I've discovered that I much prefer hard copies of non-fiction books. While I can make notes and highlights in the Kindle, I still struggle with searching and finding them. I prefer highlighters and scribbled notes in the margins.

  2. Thanks! I've been trying to figure out how to do author signings on an ebook. Probably an electronic signature. But, really! Somehow just not personal.