When I was a kid, I used to read a lot.
A new Hardy Boys mystery book would have been the focus of my attention until it was finished. If you know what I'm talking about, then I know how old you are. If you've never heard of the Hardy Boys, well, suffice it to say that it's a book series that was popular reading for young boys back in the '50s.
I still do like to read for enjoyment, occasionally, but most of my reading now is of the technical, how-to variety, or news.
Just keep this in mind. We'll come back to it later.
A few weeks ago I visited my doctor for my annual checkup.
My doc is a real nice guy. Intelligent, personable, well-informed and truly interested in helping his patients. You get a feeling about this stuff over the years. He's also well-read. I know this because he says he reads my columns.
Naturally, once in a while we talk about tech-related things, and he made the remark that he recently bought one of the new Kindle book readers that Amazon sells. If you don't know what a Kindle is, it's a little device that lets you read electronic books or e-books, for short. An e-book is really just a file. No physical paper is involved.
Now, my wife is an avid reader, buying a lot of dead-tree books, and I've often thought she might like one of these devices, so I immediately picked up on it when my doctor mentioned he had one.
We discussed it quite a bit, or as much as quite a bit can dare to be when you're in a medical facility and other people may be waiting.