An interesting e-book footnote to my previous post on Carl Sagan’s Contact

As I mentioned in the previous post, I am re-reading Carl Sagan’s novel Contact.

I mentioned that the tattered paperback on my bookshelf was just kind of calling out to me to be picked up and read. Last night, before heading off to bed, I checked Amazon to see if an e-book version was available. Then I could read the book on my iPad and avoid using the book light that I have upstairs, which has recently been claimed by Kelly as a tool she finds helpful when feeding the Little Miss in the dark. But no e-book version was available, at least not from Amazon. So I borrowed back my book light and have been reading the paperback book1.

This is the first paper book that I have read in one year2.

The last paper book I read was Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book which I finished back on September 16, 2010. Since then, every book that I have read has been an e-book version.

  1. If the e-book version had been available, I would have bought it despite having the paperback. I think this is called Kiesche’s Law. Or is it Hester’s Law?
  2. This doesn’t count the issues of Astounding that I read every two weeks.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

3 thoughts on “An interesting e-book footnote to my previous post on Carl Sagan’s Contact

  1. Kiesche’s Law is the purchasing of both eBook and deadtree editions. Hester’s Law is the purchasing of eBooks ahead of having time/energy to read them due to the ease of “one click shopping”.

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