What I'm Reading: Quiet -

I'm reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World
that Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

It's offered for $2.99 today on Kindle: <>

I really like what Cain's done here. She's a Harvard Law grad, an introvert, and she decided to examine a few of the assumptions we have in placing a higher value on extroversion in our culture. She employs a bit of the case study approach and I think it's effective. She also
takes a look at the current brain research.

I'm recommending it to the extroverts in my life; I learned more about them, too.

What I'm Reading - On Being Certain, by Robert A. Burton

What I'm reading: 

  On Being Certain: Believing you are Right Even When You're Not, by Robert Burton, M.D.


 The Battle of $9.99: How Apple, Amazon, and the Big Six Publishers Changed the E-Book Business Overnight (Kindle Single)




The Inner Voice: The Making of a Singer, by Renée Fleming




Reading in an Age of Abundance

I was thinking about how much has changed with the disruption of the publishing industry and how much my reading habits have changed because of it. Much of it I quite like: the ability to have a book arrive on my Kindle Fire with a tap of the screen is truly amazing; the fact that I can receive a book from the library on my Kindle is equally amazing; I listen to more books on my iPod because of The change in delivery systems for books was overdue. 

What has been more difficult to corral is my attention. I'm a reader. I've spent days lost in books; given up sleep to story. With a Kindle Fire I get waylaid. Like a bee in a field of flowers, I flit. In the flitting the immersion is fleeting. It is that, specifically, that I miss the most and have had the greatest difficulty recapturing. There is the urgency of now in the air, along with the never ending flow of desirable goods...reading material. Seems I've been in constant acquisition mode.  

I've decided to stop for a time; then to consciously slow it down; to bring the flow to a trickle. I think of how many bookstores I've walked into, how many library hours I've clocked. It was never about gathering as many books as possible, it was always about finding the one, two, or three books that I was deeply interested in reading and thinking about, something worthy of my time. I'm easing back into time off-line and untethered, where I deliberately watch the stream flow by me instead of being drawn into the skimming light of it all. I need to bring a desired balance back into my life. I want to really read again.

How do you handle reading in an age of abundance?

What I'm listening to...Audible Books

I just started listening to audio books on during the past couple of months. I wasn't sure that audio books would be for me, but I find that I really enjoy listening to stories. Professional narration makes all of the difference. I do like some authors reading their work; I find I'm in love with Michael Ondaajte's voice. 

Here's my current line-up:


River Town by Peter Hessler


The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright


Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin


The Cat's Cradle by Michael Ondaatje


Revelations by Elaine Pagels


I'm also trying out Amazon's whispersync on some of these books. It allows you to move back and forth seamlessly between audio and digital form. That comes in quite handy. 


On the business of books: On E-Book Prices, Indie Authors, and Libraries

And it begins...Penguin and Random House in Merger Talks