I am trying to stop being a consumer, so the tablet seemed like a very handy "Swiss Pocketknife" with all its different apps that enabled me to do more than I expected. It also meant I wouldn't have to buy a Kindle. While I think electronic books are a "neat" thing, it is anathema to me to have just one device for one purpose. Kudos to Amazon for thinking that one through and providing an app. I have bought many ebooks from them because of it. Including many of these:-
It was only this year that I found yet another neat use for my tablet. As usual it takes a while for me to come around to a new idea, and this time it was audio books.
I read up to three hundred books a year, which doesn't leave a lot of time for other things that I also like to do. At one time I used to churn out a dozen quilts a year, knit and crochet etc., but now that my hands are often holding books there just isn't the time. I don't often watch television (which is when I used to get a lot of stitching done), but books have by far drowned out most other interests. On average I make one, maybe two, quilts a year now. I prefer to piece my quilts by hand... there was lots of applique and English paper piecing once upon a time.
One of my goals for this past school year is to read past and present winners and honors of the Newbery Award. I have been hard on the scent, tracking these books down from various sources. From the BCLibraries Cooperative Library2go there was only an audio file available of the particular book I was tracking down. So I had no choice. I had to check it out. I hadn't really thought it through, but finally there I was sitting and listening to a book and it struck me that I really shouldn't have idle hands so I grabbed what I was working on (a set for a new baby) and a new era in my life was born! I can both create with my hands and listen to a book at the same time! These are my first results:-