“How was the eye appointment?” says Admin.

“Good,” says Spence. “They left me alone in the room for a few minutes and the chart on the wall was lit, so I had time to memorize all the way down to the 20/15 line.”

“Nice job,” Admin says. “Your editor called when you were out. I took the liberty of having a little discussion.”


“All about E-books. When Dog On It came out E-books hadn’t really gotten any traction. That’s changing fast. So how do people who like to read E-style find out about the series?”


“I suggest we ask people at the blog what form they read the books in now, and whether the ones who aren’t E are considering switching.”

“And then what?”

“Slice and dice the data. Basic science. Have you been reading about dark energy, by the way?”


“Turns out Einstein was right even when he was wrong.”

“Do you think he’d have been an E-type?”


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109 Responses to “E”

  1. Steve
    9:53 am on January 21st, 2011

    I read on a Kindle.

  2. Mollypop
    9:54 am on January 21st, 2011

    Before Mom gets here and sees talk about e-books and dark energy, I have to tell Siber-H about the dog sled races.

    Siber-H – Here’s the newspaper: http://www.thevillagerny.com/archives/the-villager-january-20-26-2011-volume-6-issue-3/

    It will come up as the whole front page, click on it to get it in full screen, and click on the dogs to enlarge further. The article is continued on page 13. Little pages are shown at the bottom of the screen so you can click on page 13 to read the rest.

    Those dogs look great, running, tongues hanging out. Just looking at the picture and reading about the 28 miles makes me want to take a nap.

  3. Sam
    9:56 am on January 21st, 2011

    My Mom reads on a Kindle.

  4. B.Stover
    9:57 am on January 21st, 2011

    I have copies of all three C&B novels in hardcover, audio and E format. It depends on the reading circumstances. E-books are convenient especially when traveling. Audio books are good when walking, working in the garden or around the house. My preference is for hardcover for any book. However, you have to keep in mind that I’m not of the E generation. My students are.

    (And Spence better not have memorized the eye chart.)

  5. C. Harris
    10:17 am on January 21st, 2011

    I have a nook. I agree with B. Stover’s reasoning above.
    The price savings for me for e-books is not the attraction as when I buy books, I tend to buy paperbacks so I don’t save much on the e-version. If I love a book (i.e. the Chet series), I buy it in hardback to have on the shelf.

    The nook doesn’t work well if there are illustrations. My nook version also doesn’t have the audio option that the kindle has. I do like changing fonts and font sizes, being able to place bookmarks, the built-in dictionary, etc.

    Schools would love to someday be able to have textbooks on e-readers for students to use.

  6. Matt
    10:17 am on January 21st, 2011

    I read the first two in hardcover, the last on my Kindle.

  7. Mollypop
    10:25 am on January 21st, 2011

    My Mom reads on a Kindle.

  8. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:27 am on January 21st, 2011

    Spencer!….Cheater cheater pumpkin eater!…heh!….My friend says she does the same thing but only with her new doctor, her old doctor never showed the chart till it was time for the examination…grunt!

    E!… Not! Probably never in my lifetime….snort!

  9. Barb & Maggie
    11:17 am on January 21st, 2011

    Barb bought a Kindle for her 22 year old nephew, who loves it.

    She reads almost everything in hardcover, occasionally a paperback. She likes the comforting feel of a real book.

  10. Barb & Maggie
    11:22 am on January 21st, 2011

    Rio, back to last night. Barb is NOT obsessing over material things, but #1, you said if she had any brains, she would look at Subarus, #2 if that is what you think, it is logical to assume that your friend has one. She is just trying to be an informed consumer, instead of making an impulsive decision, like she usually does when it comes to cars. BTW, she has made a call to a Subaru dealer and may go look at some “Pre-Owned” vehicles.

  11. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:30 am on January 21st, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! Since Mom works at a library, she tends to read books from there. The C&B books were ones she got from the library, and when she wanted to “reread” the books she listened to them on CD. But when Spence came down South to the book fair, Mom actually shelled out money to get all the books in hardback — and the Ingrid books in paperback — so she could get them autographed.

    Having said all that, Mom is seriously considering getting an e-book at some point. When she flew to Washington for Grandpa’s surgery, she took several books with her, then left them at the hospital waiting room. Then she bought more at the airport bookstore. Since she only took a carry-on — she refuses to pay extra for the airline to put her suitcase down below! — even those paperbacks added weight and took up precious space. That’s when she started thinking that an e-book would be a good thing! She will not buy a Kindle, though, because it will not allow books to be downloaded from the library!

  12. Tupper and Gilly
    11:31 am on January 21st, 2011

    Good morning all. We are getting hit here again – the snowflakes are coming down fast and fluffy – looks like a do-it-yourself snowman kit, or maybe a giant snowman jigsaw puzzle.

    As to the quesiton of the day, we freely admit to be semi-luddites. Don’t have a facebook page, have never twittered except while talking to the birds and don’t know an iphone from an eye chart (though Spence now does). We do use the computer quite a bit, hence our presence here on the blog.

    But when it comes to books, glorious written expressions of art, tomes of learning or laughter, facts or fiction, we prefer the solid feel of a book in our hands. The ability to turn the pages foreward or back, to go back to a remembered paragraph by skimming the pages, and thereby coming across other important sentences. There is that little jolt of pleasure when perusing the tables of offerings at a used book sale of coming across a well remembered favorite, or better yet, an as yet unread book by a favorite author.

    We love to find books that have the original owner’s notes in the margins such as old cookbooks, or treasure of all treasures, a book that was signed by an author we love. Our greatest treasure was finding a collection of leather bound Agatha Christie novels, bindings never cracked, some pages still uncut.

    While kindles and nooks offer the ability to have instant satisfaction – hear about a book, buy it online and start reading it immediatly, we prefer the anticipation in waiting to find that book, of going to the bookstore and breathing in the scent of paper and leather with the underlying scent of coffee. We prefer the feel of the paper pages and the enjoyment of having the book on the shelf to reread or lend to another who loves the tactile connection with not only the writer, but with those who have read the book before.

  13. Barb & Maggie
    11:37 am on January 21st, 2011

    Back to the above question, Barb has bought all the C & B books in hard cover, and has 2 of the last one, because she will not loan out her signed copy. She has also bought 2 other sets in hard cover for gifts.

    She got her brother (The Duke doctor), a complete set for Christmas. He finished DOI, and is on THAT now. Her sister-in-law say every night he says to their dog, “OK Riley, let’s go upstairs and find out what Chet is doing tonight”. She will be reading them next.

  14. Mollypop
    11:45 am on January 21st, 2011

    I have to snitch a little on my Mom. When she got her Kindle a couple of years ago, she bought a soft leather cover for it. It’s made by Cole Haan and is like a man’s heavy leather jacket. One layer of soft leather all sueded on the inside. Mom folds the cover back when she reads and says it still feels a lot like a paperback book. However, the cover weighs as much as the Kindle and Mom is now thinking she might be able to go without it.

  15. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:52 am on January 21st, 2011

    Well said, T&G! And in light of your very eloquent defense of real, live books, I feel I should add that even if Mom does get an e-book, it won’t be for “regular” reading. She, too, likes the feel of holding a book in her hand — has ever since she was my size, and you know I’m pretty little! But an e-book would sure come in handy when she’s traveling or standing in line at a store or sitting in a doctor’s office. In other words, anywhere it’s easier to tote a thin thing than a stack of books!

    And, since she works in a library, she hopes lots of people feel that way!!!

  16. Tyb
    12:02 pm on January 21st, 2011

    My dad reads on a kindle

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:05 pm on January 21st, 2011

    MagPie!… Why do you ask if my friend drives a Subaru?….grunt!… I’ve already told this here blog crowd she does….sniff!…Check out the post from last night if you don’t believe me….snort!

    Home!… My friend is staying home with me today…woooo!….We are going to do what we want to do and not what everyone else wants us to do…heh!…So we’ve been reading The Fan this morning. Coincidentally, we just finished reading the part where Bobby goes to the eye doctor…snort!…He has perfect vision but for some reason he can’t see the baseball anymore…grunt!…I hate that I keep imagining De Niro as Gil just because he portrayed him in the movie, which we have never seen. I don’t imagine Wesley Snipes as Bobby though, I see him as someone else entirely…grunt!

  18. Tyb
    12:05 pm on January 21st, 2011

    I’ve been in moderation since around 8 last night, so at the suggestion of Mollypop’s mom, I’m reposting, but I’ll split it up to avoid remoderation.Not to change the subject, but while we wait for Spence to finish book #4, and for baseball season to start, I’d like to recommend The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I’m also suggesting a couple of web sites that are worth your while.
    http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=3 will open to a page that shows you a large purple rectangle. If you click on it, the sponsors will donate a bowl of food to a shelter. You don’t even have to read the ads. I boot up every morning and click for free food

  19. Tyb
    12:07 pm on January 21st, 2011

    The other site is
    http://www.theliteracysite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=6 You can click on that one once a day and the sponsors donate a book to a child in need. You can also click on games along the right hand margin to play some rather simple games. The games are free and for every minute you spend playing the sponsors donate 10 cents to the charity. Check them out

  20. Melanie
    12:07 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Hey all, working on the iPad. Dan is doing PT. Zoe is playing with the Pack. I am in the west wing on drugs! At least these do not make me sick. I have my knee up and have ice on it. I will try not to do too much.

    On subject, we are enjoying the Kindles and the iPad. The iPad does great illustrations. We still have LOTS of hardbacks and paperbacks and will continue to get those especially the authors we love (that includes Spence and Admin).

    Whew, just this has tired me out!

    1 more thing. Has anyone tried a software for reducing stress? Jhave to be able to do it on a Mac.

    Going to take a nap..

  21. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:08 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Rio: Is your friend staying home because you have bad weather? I bet it takes a lot more bad weather where you are for things to close down than what it takes around here. Five inches of snow here last week and schools were closed for the whole week! The kids were pretty excited until the schools started publicizing the make-up days!!!

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:19 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Kirby!… It has to be an out and out blizzard for anything in this state to close…grump!… She is staying home because she needed a day off….snort!…Ever since grandma passed away her mother has been terribly ill with the flu and then some other things happened one after the other….sigh… So its been kind of stressful this whole year so far…sneeze!…She said she just needs a day to herself (and me!me!me!)…heh!

  23. Barb & Maggie
    12:21 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Wow, T & G, you expressed that so well! We could almost smell the leather and coffee as we read!

  24. Barb & Maggie
    12:24 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Rio, We must have been reading every other line. All we saw was that if Barb had any brains, etc. Sorry for that mistake.

    She likes the Forester and the Outback, but needs to do more looking. She needs AWD or 4 WD out here in the country.BBL

  25. Basil and Sage
    12:25 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Rio- tell your mom to have a good relaxing day with a cup of tea, a nice leather bound mystery novel and a warm puppy to cuddle. (Maybe Sam or Mollie is available – giggle)

  26. Mollie (a black poodle)
    12:28 pm on January 21st, 2011

    I agree with T&G. Those are my thoughts also. I read hardcover and paperback books. I love the smell of a new book. I love looking at all the wonderful books in a bookstore. I am not thinking of buying an E book.

  27. Mollie (a black poodle)
    12:32 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Didn’t Snoopy say that happiness is a warm puppy? I would say a warm puppy and a good book…

  28. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:33 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Rio: Sounds like a “mental health” day to me! Sometimes that’s the best kind of day, because you can do whatever you want and not feel guilty about it, just because you need some “ME” time! Like today. Mom woke up and started reading a book in bed. She was going to get up, but she was trying to think of why she needed to get up — the only thing on her calendar today is at 5 o’clock. She needs to run a few errands before that, but there really wasn’t any reason she had to get up this morning. So she didn’t! She stayed in bed until she finished her book. Then she got up and made herself some breakfast — and turned on the computer for me!!! Now she’s sitting around in her pj’s and her robe trying to talk herself into getting something done. (And believe me, there’s a lot to be done around this house!) And maybe she will — then again, maybe she won’t! She says since she has to work tomorrow, today is her Saturday, so she’s going to do some relaxing!!!

  29. Basil and Sage
    12:42 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Boy, these humans could sure take a lesson from us Kats – with us, EVERY day is a ME day…

  30. Macy the Min-Pin
    1:01 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Mollypop..who would have guessed that Ellicotville would have a newspaper! Those guys sure look like they are ready to rumble.. We especially liked the quote that the dogs all love working together even if they don’t like each other..We could use more of that.

    In regards to the books (and a hat tip to T & G for the word picture):

    DOI – read copy from the library, then listened to library copy on vacation, then purchased paperback copy at the Houston book signing. (paperback was all that was available, or at least that we saw)

    THAT – same as DOI, bought in Houston

    TFAT – Bought the soft cover in Houston.

    Mom loves books, but she does not have the love of collecting books. Unfortunately for the author’s bottom line, she prefers to read them and take them back. About the only time she buys a book is at Half Price Books, and then she sells them back when she accumulated a few. Now that she can download from the library, she will be listening to more audio of books.

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:03 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Reading!… We’ve been reading all morning. How great is that? The Fan is like a bad accident, we can’t take our eyes off of it…snort!…I mean that in a good way though. Watching this guy do what he does is fascinating….gruff!…SiberH and Wookie, where are you guys at in this book?…wheeze!

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:03 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Kats!… grump!…There are way too many Kats on this here blog all of a sudden…sniff!

  33. Basil and Sage
    1:10 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Deal with it pug face.
    First you complain that no Kats check in, then you grumble cuz we do. Dogs are weird!

  34. Tupper and Gilly
    1:13 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Dear Rio – sorry about those kats – we have chased them away from the computer for now, but you know how they can be.
    Thanks for the nice compliment Macy.
    Mama has to go to work for the Crazy Lady,so bye for now.

  35. Debbie LM
    1:44 pm on January 21st, 2011

    While we now own both a Kindle (for Grandpa) and an iPad. However all of us here in Chevy Chase love to have a ‘real’ book in our hands and curl up reading it wherever we like. Also with all the electrical outages here (we think sometimes that we live in the 3rd world thanks to our power provider’s greed and lack of maintenance) having to plug in to read (recharge) means we would be out of luck many times summer and winter!
    We vote Hardcover Books!

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:55 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Herbs!… I do wonder what’s wrong if AbbieTheKat and Alice don’t check in just because they have been a pain in my neck for a long time now…grunt!… You two are on the bottom of my Kitty Kat Litter list….snuff! …We are going to read for a little while yet and then she says she wants to do some quilling…snort!… Supplies arrived this week so she has what she needs to continue working on the major project for her friends birthday….yeep!

  37. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:56 pm on January 21st, 2011

    My mom beat me to the punch, but I will add my two cents worth as well on the issue of the day. As mom indicated, here is Chevy Chase, we have a strong affiliation with the views expressed by Tupper and Gilly. Nicely put. At the same time, it is a bit more complicated. Grandpa did get a Kindle for Christmas and dad an IPad which now has a Kindle App. So in terms of the future, there will definitely be instances where E-books will be in our future, perhaps more so for grandpa that dad. The key thing is whether the book is something to be cherished (and you know what author always fits that bill) or to be passed on the friends, in both cases resulting in purchase of a real book, or something just to read, where an E-book may make more sense.

    Tyb — actually did see your post from last night (it must have cleared moderation) as well as the one above. The Art of Racing in the Rain has been the subject of past comment on the blog from time to time, and generally people are of one of two minds about the book — either they find it incredibly inspiring and moving or they find it a bit of a downer. We are actually in the first category here, but we know people who just didn’t like it very much at all (much to our surprise). Given the rest of you post, another book we would strongly recommend (and have done so previously on the blog) is Scent of the Missing by Susannah Charleson, which is about search and rescue dogs and the incredible training regime they go through, and a very special search and rescue dog (a golden retriever named Puzzle), as well as a bunch of other interesting dogs that are Puzzle’s adopted siblings.

    The other book that my dad is reading (although set aside for the time being to to read The Fan with Rio and SiberH) is The Lost Dogs, by James Gorant, which is the story of the rescue and redemption of Michael Vick’s dogs. The book is divided into three parts, rescue, reclamation and redemption. The first part of the book is very well written and a gripping tale, but very difficult to read and some readers may prefer to skip it altogether because it does contain some very graphic descriptions of all of the horrible things that were done to the dogs (even my dad had to skip over a few of the paragraphs, and he is a pretty tough guy). My dad has read about half of the second part, which is much more uplifting and is looking forward the the final part, which should be even more uplifting.

    Rio — my dad is still early pages on The Fan, but hopes to get further along this weekend. He would definitely agree with your description though of it being like a bad accident (or maybe even a trainwreck) but one that you can’t take your eyes off of. The beginning of the book has a bit of the feel of The Last of the Dixie Heroes, but we suspect it will go in a much different direction by the time it is done.


  38. B.Stover
    1:57 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Melanie: I haven’t heard of any software for stress. Wonder if Mollypop has.

    Fringe starts tonight for anyone interested. Merlin is also on.

    It’s a beautiful sunny day here with a wind chill of minus seven.

  39. Tyb
    2:09 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Thanks for the suggestions; I’ve added The Lost Dogs and Scent of the Missing to my list. I’ve read about The Lost Dogs, but I haven’t read the book yet.

  40. OleyHowlers
    2:13 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Our mom & dad both read on Kindles.

  41. B.Stover
    2:14 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Regarding Admin’s question, “So how do people who like to read E-style find out about the series?” I’d say that people will find out about the series just as they always do: word of mouth, seeing the book at a bookstore, reading a review. Then they will find out if they can get it as an E-book. If they can’t, they may not get the book.

    I think publishers are going to have to offer books–and especially the C&B books–in all three formats. (The built-in dictionary, the search engine, the ability to change font size, the convenience and speed are all very big plusses for the Kindle in my experience. The drawback for me is the inability to quickly find a section in the book. There are no page numbers and the only way to quickly get back to something is if you have highlighted it, made a note or bookmarked it.) E-books are here to stay I think.

  42. Sam
    2:26 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, I’m the best cuddler for reading. The only thing is that I may have to jump up if the refrigerator door opens. My first job is Refrigerator Patrol.

  43. Gus and BooBear
    2:30 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Mom’s favorite is hard back or peperback books. She also likes the feel of a book and to flip back and forth with pages. She has just started her Kindle collection and likes it so far. But she loves browsing in a book store. She collects and keeps the books by her favorite authors. She has the C & B series in H/B and paperback ( those are to loan to friends). But don’t break the back/spine on any of her books…all hell breaks loose!

  44. Mollypop
    2:39 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Melanie, I do have a good stress relieving game, Bejeweled. It is the best played on the iPad. Mom has played it for years but the iPad is awesome. Put the game on endless mode and plink away.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:46 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Puss N’Boots!… Heh, your gal would never want to loan one of her books to my friend cuz the first thing she does when she starts a new book is crack the spine…snort!

    Wookie!… We have been reading The Fan all morning and now its afternoon and we are still reading it!….wow!….Some of the stuff that the Charming Mr. Abrahams thinks of is so bizarre and yet vividly believable…wheeze!….I guess I better not give anything away because you are in the early pages. In the early part I did have a flash of Dixie Heros (which we have not finished yet), that quickly faded because Gilly(no not the Corgi!) is no Dixie Hero…heh!

  46. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:55 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Rio: NO NO NO! No cracking the spine! Mom used to work in a bookstore and they had “library privileges.” They were allowed to “check out” books and read them so they’d be able to recommend them to their customers. But the books had to come back looking brand new. She still reads the same way — the books she reads look like they just came off the shelf. No cracked spines, ever!!!

  47. bluecat
    2:56 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Luddite. I’m thinking about a Kindle for travel but would never want E-book only – will read hardback or paper, depending on circumstance. Hardback purchases are planned, paperbacks picked up on the run because an author is familiar – drugstore, airport, Target.

    I found DOI at HalfPrice books (it looked interesting), then THAT at the library on the new book shelf (didn’t know it was coming out), then pre-ordered TFAT because I found blog. I have since bought the first two in hardback for the shelf and given copies as gifts.

    TYB – another site to feed animals from the Humane Society of America http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/pets/

    Have a good weekend, Everybody.

  48. dawson
    3:03 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Me too!
    Add my thanks to Tupper and Gilly for expressing so eloquently why they love books – the real thing. Hardcovers and paperbacks. I do have an audio of Dog On It but have never listened to the whole thing.
    Probably (never say never) the only way I will get an e-reader is if I win it in a contest.

  49. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:07 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Dawson: Was that a hint?!

  50. dawson
    3:27 pm on January 21st, 2011

    To be blunt: yes.

  51. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:35 pm on January 21st, 2011

    No Kirby, it was a club over the head!

    Kats, have you seen the apps for the ipad made for you? Pretty fun looking, I mean if you are a..kat.

    Someone mentioned that they could not download from the library on a Kindle. Is that for all libraries, do some have different services? Mom doesn’t want an ereader that is not compatible with the library. Boy is that woman cheeep.-

  52. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:38 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Basil and Sage – wouldn’t it be jolly if everyone addressed a certain snout-challenge fellow by pug face all day. I love thinking up ways to brighten the day.

  53. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:39 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Too bad for us Dawson..if they had a contest it would no doubt be won by someone already using an e-reader, what with all the handy helpers on them.

  54. Siber-H
    3:39 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Another luddite here…no kindels or nooks in my house. T&G (bless their little Corgi hearts) already said why better than we could.

    Rio, We have a book to finish before we start The Fan, but it won’t take us long to get both read. Wait for me and Wookie to get it read before you say anything about

  55. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:47 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Sometimes I crack myself up!

    The books are hidden in all the nooks and kindles.

  56. Siber-H
    3:56 pm on January 21st, 2011

    that last sentence up there should end with “it”.
    Rio, my mom also cracks the spine on paperback books first thing.

    We have been looking at Subaru Outbacks online. We want one now, but mom says there is a big difference between need and want. sigh

    Maggie, we asked my dad, who is suppose to know about these things, about Subarus and he said they are good cars like Honda and Toyota and hold their resale value just like Hondas and Toyotas.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:58 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Yeep!…. The mailman was just here…yeep!yeep!yeep!…. and he brought another bunch of supplies that she ordered after she ordered the first order…heh!…Now she really does have everything that she needs to make the quilling project…grunt!… The framing part will have to be bought at another time after she knows how big this thing is going to get….sniff!

  58. Siber-H
    3:59 pm on January 21st, 2011

    We are now going to do some stuff like get the mail and then we will be back to look at Mollypop’s website. We want to have the time to relax and enjoy it.

  59. Mollie (a black poodle)
    4:10 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Rio: Tell your friend that I just tried the cottage cheese & green onions. I had it with sea salt & pepper. The onions “kicked it up a notch” as Emeril would say. I thought it was very good! And very easy – no cooking…

  60. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:12 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Mr. Hunky – I imagine you all sprawled out on the floor with the laptop in front of you and a crackling fire behind you. I was going to imagine a bear skin rug but I thought that might be a bit much, along with the bowl of fine wine.

  61. dawson
    4:22 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Macy MinPin: Do not kid yourself. Spence is a Luddite at heart. And perhaps frugal to boot. He does not give away e-readers. He gives away good old fashioned signed and paw printed books. I wanted to get the hint of a contest out there, the prize suggestion was the hook.
    I’m looking forward to pictures of the stadium.

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:37 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Contest!….They, he, Chet, I guess, did mention something about a contest when Quacky Baseball comes out. Something about an inside joke on the inside of the picture book…snort!… I can’t wait to get my paws on that book!

    Baseball!…Speaking of baseball. We can’t stop reading this book. Damn! Never ever a dull page…sniff!… Unbelievable. The Charming Mr. Abrahams is absolutely the best writer in the whole wide world…heh! ….Back to the book!…snort!snort! … PS: We just read the steam room scene…OMG!…yeep!

  63. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:40 pm on January 21st, 2011


    Hope this works. It was taken at our girl Niki’s store, Wheatsville, in Austin. She is assistant manager. This is not likely to be seen at your local Piggly Wiggly!

  64. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:41 pm on January 21st, 2011

    oh, and if you go toward the end, the band really gets rocking.

  65. dawson
    4:55 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Macy MinPin: That video was fantastic. I ‘specially liked the woman dancing with the cheese…that was hilarious! And the accordion…don’t see them everyday. Of course, you don’t get a band marching through the produce department of your grocery store very often, either. Wonderful.

  66. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:58 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Dawson..wasn’t there a movie…”Dances With Cheese”?

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:59 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Break!…We are taking a short break before finishing this book!…heh!… Wow! I wish The Charming Mr. Abrahams would write more stories revolving around baseball…wheeze!…This one is over the top good. I can’t believe everyone still jokes how bad the movie is. I guess we will have to order it from Netflix after we are finished to see how badly they mangled the excellent story line…grunt!

    MinPin!…Is your girl in the vidio?…sniff!

  68. Siber-H
    6:03 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Miss Macy, Everything but the crackling fire sounds nice. I wouldn’t care if the darn furnace in this house broke down. An artifical bearskin rug would be nice.
    Enjoyed the video…we watched some more of that band. They are very good!

  69. Siber-H
    6:15 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Mollypop, Thanks for the newspaper article! It answers our question about how long it takes to go those 28 miles…NOT LONG.
    They start at 8:30 in the morning and finish around 11 to 11:30. It is neat that they encourage the public to go out and meet the mushers and dogs. Mom would love meeting the dogs.

  70. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:19 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Pugsly..I never did see my girl. I will have to ask her if she is in it. I bet now she wishes that she hadn’t quit the oboe!

  71. Joe Erickson
    6:47 pm on January 21st, 2011

    I have both an Ipad and the nook-color that I use to read. I prefer the ebooks because of the convenience, cost, and I can lay in bed reading at night before going to sleep without having to have a light on to be able to read. One last reason (though I may be naive in believing this) is that I have thought an ebook is better for the enviroment than a real book (no trees cut down to make the paper). I do have all 3 C&B books in both hardcover and ebooks.

  72. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:51 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Mr. Hunky..it is my fantasy, so sorry, the fire stays..

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:05 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Environment! … What about jobs?…grunt!… If the publishing industry goes E-Techno completely, think of all the book cover artists like Anna Dorfman who will be out of a job! Or illustrators like Frank Morrison and all the people who work for the companies who actually make the books….sniff!…On an on it goes…grump!…. Joe Erickson, shame on you!…boooo! sneeze!

  74. Siber-H
    7:21 pm on January 21st, 2011

    I like the idea of not having to have a light on when you read. I never thought of that till Joe mentioned it.

    Miss Macy, I will buy you a fake fur coat. You aren’t very big so it won’t cost me very much. Woops, mom just read this and said that is a “guy” remark if she every heard one.

  75. B.Stover
    7:35 pm on January 21st, 2011

    It’s with the iPad that you don’t need a light to read in the dark. You need a light with an E-reader.

  76. Siber-H
    7:47 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Oh, Thanks Stover

  77. B.Stover
    7:56 pm on January 21st, 2011

    SH: You’re welcome. The reason that you can read an E-reader in sunlight is because there is no back light as there is on a computer or iPad. They use a special ink but I don’t know the technical details.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:12 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Kindle!… My friend told me that she saw someone she didn’t know in the break room reading from a Kindle…snort!….She actually asked the person to be sure, and it was indeed a Kindle. My friend said she was not impressed…gruffle!….She thought they would be more elegant, but they are drab, colorless little machines, and she is not inclined to ever own one…heh!

  79. Wölfie
    8:13 pm on January 21st, 2011

    We read books in all formats. We buy hardbacks, paperbacks, go to the library, and now, since Mom has an ipad, she has been buying ebooks. (She also has a kindle ap.) I think she will be reading more and more books on the ipad, just for the convenience of it all.

  80. Siber-H
    8:33 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Why does a Kindle have a keyboard and the Nook doesn’t?

  81. Tupper & Gilly
    9:14 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Hey Everyone – Mama is home from work, so we are checking in to see what the buzz is tonight. Thanks for the nice words about our words – we do tend to wax rhapsodic about some things near and dear to our hearts. And Macy, the Kats send word that they think your plan for a day is wonderful, but they won’t tell us what the plan is. They just keep saying the word “pugface” and then fall over giggling. We think Mama should start rationing the catnip.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:18 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Siber-00H….heh!… My friend noticed that too on that drab colorless Kindle she saw…heh…Why the hell does it need a whole keyboard?…sniff!

    DayOff!…. We have had a great day together just reading and doing this and that…sniff! …I followed her everywhere and slept when she settled down for quilling or watching stupid tv…snort!…Mostly though we read, and we actually finished The Fan….grump!… I had really wanted this book to last for a while, but we couldn’t help ourselves and finished it in record time…heh!… I know why they wanted to make a movie out of it, but really hate that the movie didn’t stay true to the book…grunt!…We will watch the movie and see what really went wrong…sniffle! …The Charming Mr. Abrahams is the best and yes, we are his biggest FANS…heh!…I hope his skin is not crawling…snorkel!

  83. AbbietheKitty
    9:18 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Who Hath A Book
    by Wilbur D. Nesbit

    Who have a book
    Hath friends at hand,
    And gold and gear
    At his command;
    And rich estates,
    If he but look,
    Are held by him
    Who hath a book.

    Who hath a book
    Hath but to read
    And he may be
    A king, indeed.
    His kingdom is
    His inglenook-
    All this is his
    Who hath a book.

  84. Staff
    9:26 pm on January 21st, 2011

    I like the books. Not the nooks. I suppose it will come to it though. So far the allure of a plastic screen is lost to me.
    I just can’t imagine getting that lovely book feeling from a kindle. Sigh. And there is no store as wonderful as a good bookstore. I don’t think it would feel as nice as that to download onto a Kindle or Nook.
    Here is my favorite bookstore. It is just about 8 blocks away from the parents house.


    But someone, was it Macy? said that it would save a lot of trees if we read things on the E-reader. I expect that is true. I do love trees.

    But not yet. I am still a book lover.

  85. Basil and Sage
    9:29 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Who have a Kindle
    Hath fingers nimble
    And bits and bytes
    With no backlights
    And fast downloads
    At their abodes
    To read at ease
    As long as they
    Have Battery D’s

    (giggle – pass the catnip)

  86. B.Stover
    9:38 pm on January 21st, 2011

    SH: I don’t know anything about the Nook. The “keyboard” on the Kindle is for searches. Also on the Kindle you can go on the internet so you use the keyboard just as you do on the computer.

  87. AbbietheKitty
    9:40 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Whose side are you on you Kats you???

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:41 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Herbs!…Now they are really on my kitty litter list after that bad poem….grump!

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:43 pm on January 21st, 2011

    AbbieTheKat!…Those Kats are like alley Kats and have no regard for what is not alley-like…hmmphf!

  90. Siber-H
    9:44 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Aww gee…we now have two more kats that are addicted to catnip.
    Bluecat and Abbie don’t do drugs.

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Sorry!…That’s all I oculd think of on short notice…heh!

  92. Siber-H
    9:46 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Thank you, Stover. I would choose a Kindle over a Nook then…not that I am going to buy one anytime soon.

  93. AbbietheKitty
    9:57 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Dear Rio,
    I know you miss us, but Staff and Mr.Staff are at the busy place during the days now and that nasty busy place won’t let them play on the internet. It is just work work work.

    She won’t let us on the computer when she is not here. She thinks we will get in trouble. Humph! Maybe that Alice M. Johnson would, but I am a nice sweet GOOD kitty.

    Unfortunately I must correct a misconception of yours. Of course I have a nip occasionally. Staff has homegrown organic catnip of the finest flavor. It grows wild all over the garden and she picks it and dries it and screens it and then….then she gives it to us.
    Sometimes in the summer she just brings us some fresh leaves and we roll in them. Whoopeee!

  94. Tupper and Gilly
    10:00 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Oh never mind those Kats – they will make up poems about just anything! They just think they are soooo clever. All it takes to turn them into goofy, furry little fools is a piece of string with a bell on the end…

    Anyway, back to the debate of book, nook or kindle – before you purchase any one over the other for environmental reasons, please take a look at the effects on other parts of the world. There is currently a move afoot to build a road through the heart of the game preserve in Kenya – a road not for visiting the beauty of the wildlife, but a road that will be for commercial traffic, i.e. big trucks that will inevitably run over the wildlife, will cause problems with the natural migration of wildebeast and of course, change the veldt forever with pollution, fumes and chemicals. To say nothing of the ease with which poachers will be able to stop, shoot and escape with their illegal animals or animal parts. what does this have to do with our discussion, you ask. Well, the reason that they want to create the highway is that it will ease the transportation of a mineral found just north of Kenya that is absolutely necessary in the production of ipads, iphones, kindles etc.
    So for ourselves, we prefer to use paper, albeit recycled paper for our books. At least with trees, we have the ability if not the mandate to replant and regrow. How do we regrow a dispoiled treasure like the Serengeti? Here’s the link:

  95. Basil and Sage
    10:10 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Abie – awww gee, we were just having fun. We like real books better. Its kinda hard to lay down on an open kindle when someone is reading it.
    Rio – who you calling alley cats??? Here’s what we think of your kitty list list…hissssssssss pffttttttt! Take that pugface!

  96. Siber-H
    10:11 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Oh Dear, Abbie…All you kats must be addicted..Oh Dear, Oh Dear
    At least you are into the organic stuff.
    Dogs don’t do drugs.

  97. Basil and Sage
    10:13 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Maybe not – but we know where you drink from – eewwwww

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:18 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Tupper AND Gilly!…. You guys are my heros!….WOOOOOO!…heh!…I love you guys, I hate yer Kat friends, but I Love you guys!…heh!….Thank you for the support NOT to buy I-E anything…woooo!…I hope Joe Erickson reads your post too…sniff!

  99. B.Stover
    10:24 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Good night all.

  100. Staff
    10:31 pm on January 21st, 2011

    I was just reading in my Dad’s science magazine about the worries that rare minerals would become difficult to buy if China decided not to sell them. China has the only source for many rare minerals and in a tiff with Japan a little while ago stopped selling them. They started again later but it made the rest of the world realize that they were at China’s mercy for these minerals and rare earths. So they are desperately looking for other sources.
    I bet that is what this is about.

    On the other hand BStover should look at the sculpture pictured on the cover of the the January 2011 Science magazine. Heh

    you couldn’t do this with a Kindle

  101. Staff
    10:32 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Mr Staff and I are going to Dulono’s for pizza and bluegrass. See you all tomorrow.

  102. Staff
    10:33 pm on January 21st, 2011

    I hope Rio is asleep.
    Gotta leave quick.

  103. Mollypop
    10:41 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Mom just got back from her safety patrol party and she thinks this blog has gone all to pot – or catnip – os something.

    Mom’s Kindle has a skin covering it with koi fish, but no pictures tonight she says. Bed time.

  104. Tupper and Gilly
    10:42 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Last thoughts for the night – books can be passed on to 1)school children who don’t have any other access to them 2) nursing homes, hospitals, veteran’s hospitals 3)third world countries 4)small libraries who can’t afford big collections 5)sick or housebound friends 6) anyone you want. You aren’t gonna hand over a bunch of kindles.
    And back to the environmental issue – where do you suppose all that plastic that encases them comes from? Can you say “oil biproducts – deep water drilling”?
    Ok, we’re getting off our (recyclable) soap box and going to bed. G’night all.

  105. Siber-H
    10:55 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Bed Time here too…or rather read before sleep time.

    Night All!

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:07 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Tup N’Gil!..My heros!..snort!…If you guys see Melanie, please tell her we here are thinking and praying that her knee will heal properly and give her freedom from the cane and everything else!…Wuffle!snort!

  107. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:51 pm on January 21st, 2011

    Ok Mr. Husky, you are a guy, and your kind is known for being somewhat obtuse. I will spell it out for you. The fire is behind you because you look so..so..rrroorrrr in front of it. Nothing at all to do with the temperature, unless you count mine going up when I think about it. Darn you, making me be so coarse. Read between the lines, big boy.

  108. Joe Erickso
    10:01 am on January 22nd, 2011

    The color nook is also backlit, unlike the original nook, so it can be read without alternate lighting

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