What is it?
ADD for adults. And I don’t think I ever had it until I bought my Kindle Touch last fall.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my Kindle Touch. Um, but that may be the problem—I fear I love it too much. Just ask my wife.
When my kids are watching family movies I normally watch with them, I prefer to surf around on my Kindle Touch (is surf the right word? Maybe blaze would be better to stick to the motif). And there’s a lot to check out. But here’s what’s scary—I’ve paid like maybe $3 tops, yet I have more than 900 books downloaded.
But how is that possible? It’s no mystery that free Kindle books are available every day. You just need to check the right blogs to find out what they are. And they’re not all junk either. Want a sample?
I just downloaded an interesting story about a woman who left Mormonism. Hey, here’s another one about making money and worrying less about it. Oh, look. A new novel about smuggling the Mona Lisa through France (it’s no longer free, sorry) during World War II—that sounds fascinating. Ooooh. Another Holocaust memoir. I love those, even though they are a little depressing.
Oh, look. Hansel and Gretel for my eight-year-old. Maybe she’ll want to read that. I’ll go ahead and download it just in case.
Oh, hey. More free books today. I can’t possibly read them all right now, but I’ll get them all just in case I might want to read them sometime down the road . . .
The garbage needs to be taken out? OK, thanks, dear. I’ll get to it soon. But first . . .
Look what’s on the Kindle free e-book best-seller list today. Sherlock Holmes and A Tale of Two Cities and Dracula and Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know. I don’t think I’ve read all those. Just in case, I’ll download them. After all, they’re free, and they don’t cost me anything, and . . .
See what I mean? So many books and all on one e-reader. Yes, it’s a great thing, but is it also a curse? As my wife says, it’s like leaving a child in a candy store.
As soon as I start reading one thing, I remember something else I wanted to look at. And since Amazon’s storefront is so easy to access over my wireless connection from the comfort of my family room couch, I can browse all sorts of other books I don’t have and even download samples if I want to see what those books are like.
It’s either a book lovers’ paradise or their worst excuse for indulgence. How does self-control factor into all this?
Before I know it, I’ve spent the whole evening browsing around and reading parts of various books without reading any one book from start to finish. I’ve read only three complete books on my Kindle since last fall. And it’s all because of this weird ADD thing that’s set in. Maybe I just need to turn my Kindle off and talk to my wife and kids for a while.
Naw, I can always do that later. Besides, I might miss something really important. Like another free book.
Note: This is partly satire. I really do love my wife and kids, and I make a point to talk to them at least once a day, even if it’s only “Could you pass the salt?”
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