Saxon and I went vinyl record shopping yesterday. (I think the last time I bought a vinyl record was 1989!) I had bought Saxon a record player a couple of weeks ago as an early birthday present so we’re getting into vinyl again. It also plays CDs and cassettes. Real cassettes! Remember those? Remember how you had to rewind them with a pencil?
It made me realize how much technology I’ve lived through. For a long time, I thought technology could never get more advanced than the long cord on your landline phone that allowed you to walk around the kitchen while you talked. The only problem was that the cord kept getting tangled and you’d have to let it unwind by holding it while it spun round and round.
Then along came the cordless phone! The only problem was that I kept losing it.
The invention I am most excited by now, of course, is the Kindle. Gawd, how I love my Kindle! It goes with me everywhere. I read once that the invention of the cheap paperback book was what brought reading to the masses. It made reading affordable. Now the Kindle is doing the same thing. Print books cost anywhere from $15 to $40. But on the Kindle? Way cheaper. Now even more people can afford to read again. Especially since the advent of Kindle Unlimited. Because of KU I have a subscription library right on my Kindle. For ten bucks a month I can read as much as I can possibly read. It’s like a smorgasbord where you get to eat all you can eat.
All my books are on Kindle Unlimited. Some readers worry that authors don’t get paid with KU. That’s a falsehood. I get paid or I wouldn’t do it.
Another way Kindle has saved me money: I don’t have a smartphone anymore. I have my Kindle Fire—it does everything a smart phone does. So I save tons by not buying the phone and the data plan.
So, there’s that.
Now after vinyl record shopping, I can sit in my easy chair, listen to music, and read to my heart’s content.
Oh… I almost forgot to tell you what vinyl album we bought. We got Prince and the Revolution’s Parade.
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