Good morning, friends. I hope you're enjoying the long Labor Day weekend. With 90 degrees and humidity, this will truly be summer's last hurrah in central New York!
My reading has been sporadic again this week, but I think I finally figured out what's happening. Most of my reading has been on a kindle this year...with adjustable font. Last week I borrowed a copy of All That Is by James Salter from the library. Even though I liked the writing and was getting interested in the characters, it was a chore to read. The print seemed so small! It's been a few years, so I decided to schedule an eye exam. It's probably past time for a new prescription. And I'll definitely give James Salter another try at some point.
Which bring me to my next topic... Have you noticed the price of ebooks lately?
At 7AM on September 1, I visited amazon eager to download Purity by Jonathan Franzen, but my "buy now with 1-click" finger froze when I discovered the $14.99 price tag . The ebook was actually MORE EXPENSIVE than the hardcover! How could that be?? I surely was not the only potential buyer to balk. Since then, the hardcover has undergone a price adjustment from $14.95 to $15.10, so it's no longer more expensive, but still...
It's hard to ignore the recent rise in ebook prices. Surely the new distribution deals between amazon and several big publishers are behind it. The fine print on amazon's website now says "This price was set by the publisher", and ebook sales have declined sharply. Here is an article from The Wall Street Journal with a few more details. It seems I'm not the only one refusing to pay $14.99 for an ebook.
by Maureen Corrigan
An interesting mix of literary discussion and FSF biography. I'd say a reread of The Great Gatsby is imminent... it's been over a decade.
Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
I'm kicking off R.I.P. X with my first foray into the world Lord Peter Wimsey!
Up next// Decisions, Decisions...
Our #6Barsets project continues this month with The Small House at Allington. I'm anxious to return to Trollope, but may squeeze one more book in ahead of it.
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante was also released September 1st. I might have to indulge my Ferrante Fever and read the final Neopolitan novel right away.
Or maybe Jonathan Franzen's Purity ... in print, of course. I flat out refuse to pay $14.99 for an ebook!
On the blog//
Did You Miss Me?
Readers Imbibing Peril: R.I.P X
In the kitchen//
Have you heard? Trish is bringing back her Pin It and Do It challenge this fall. For me, that means new recipes and my family is already pretty excited. Click here for details.
The Week Ahead//
It will be nice to settle into a routine again. A couple of doctor's appointments with Twin B plus my own eye exam are on the schedule, but other than that it should be business as usual. Plus, the Monday holiday makes it a very short week. Which is good because...
Friday can't come fast enough. Every year my sisters and I plan an overnight get-away for our mother's birthday - we shop, go out to dinner, drink a little wine, and stay up most of the night talking. This year Mom turns 80, so it will be extra-special!
We don't have any big plans for the rest of the holiday weekend... just a little relaxation to wrap up the summer. What are you up to? Did you read anything good last week?
It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. While she is taking a break, check the hashtag #IMWAYR on twitter.