Sunday, January 6, 2019

My Kindle is an enabler

So this morning, in the place where it usually shows me a carousel of book thumbnails just too small to read, my Kindle displayed the "encouraging" message:

"You read 31 days last month.
That's one more day than the previous month.
Keep it up!"

Sad to say, I don't think there's any way I can score 32 reading days in January. Although if I do find some way to open a slit in the calendar and jump through into a magic land of unlimited days to lounge around with my nose in a book, y'all will be the first to know!

And to think that the Kindle doesn't even know about all the dead-tree books on and beside my bed: Yoruba Kingship, Takedown Twenty, Wolf Boys and A Needle in the Right Hand of God. (Because by bedtime my eyes are tired of looking at screens.)

At least, I hope it doesn't know about them. I will get seriously creeped out if I pick up the Kindle later this month and it cheerily congratulates me on finishing Yoruba Kingship. But then, that particular book is written in academic-ese and published in relatively small print, so my chances of finishing it are not 100%.


  1. You just have to decide what the "keep it up" applies to.

  2. Love it! And yes, DO share if you find out how to get into the magic land. I too have a ton of reading material I can't seem to keep up with. ;-)

  3. It is amazing how, with all the data that Amazon can (and no doubt does) collect on my buying and reading habits... they keep suggesting stuff I'd more likely feed to the shredder and start a fire with than attempt to read. Artificial Intelligence is nowhere near being anything remotely as scary as Natural Stupidity (of which there is plenty!).

    1. Yep, I've noticed that too. I think it's because of the categories they use. When I tell them I like Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books, the algorithm says "Aha, military science fiction," not "witty snark combined with strong plot." If I ask them for more Connie Willis, at best I get "time travel" rather than "a genius for dialogue." And if I tell them I find NAME WITHHELD's books unreadable, they don't say, "clunky prose full of errors" but "Huh? I thought you liked urban fantasy!"


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