My family is very excited about the book. My Gram is especially anxious to read it, but she does not get out as much as she used to and she has not owned a computer in over ten years. So yesterday, my Mom promised to order a print copy and have it sent to her, just as soon as the book comes out in November.
My Gram said, “I think I’d rather read it on my Nook.”
Now, my Gram is eighty-six and lives in a retirement home. She is beautiful and intelligent but she is not the least bit “technologically savvy.” So when my Mom told me about their conversation, I called Gram up to ask her where on earth she had even heard of a Nook, let alone acquired one.
It turns out that there is a Barnes & Noble down the street from her, and the buzz around the retirement home is that the “nice young men” who work there will help you pick out a Nook and then load it up with the books you’d like to read.
I then asked her why she had chosen a Nook over all of the other eReaders that are available now—was it just the promise of being waited on by the strapping young lads at B&N?
“Well,” she said, thinking for a moment, “I’ve never seen an Amazon store around here. They do the “Kinder” you know—that’s the other one. I don’t know anything about that one.”
“You mean the ‘Kindle’?” I asked. “That’s the one that I have. I love it.”
“Well, I’m sure it’s very nice too . . .”
My chat with my Gram put me in a very good mood, and it took me awhile to figure out why. But I think I’ve got it now—the truth is, it’s a very scary, but exciting, time to be entering the publishing world: eBooks are on the rise, Borders has fallen, and everyone is scrambling to figure out what it all means.
But my Gram’s late-in-life foray into the world of eBooks has reminded me of one very important thing, which I firmly believe (naively, perhaps) to be true: As long as there are good books out there, and as long as there are people who love to read, the two will find each other. Sometimes, with a little help from the “nice young men” at Barnes & Noble.
(For those of you who are wondering, The Veil is being released on November 1, 2011 by Octane Press. You’ll be able to buy it in print through Amazon and, yes Gram, it will also be available in every major eBook format, so you can read it on your Nook, your iPad, or even your “Kinder.”)