going electronic

Reading - or to be honest - books being rather a passion - maybe compulsion is a better description - I find myself in a place where I don't want to be; namely too much of them. So around 10 years ago I decided to go cold turkey and stop buying them. It took some doing. First I did not enter a bookstore for a few years. I am not sure whether I was personally responsible for many, many bookstores going out of business during that time, but they did disappear: Borders, many Barnes & Nobles, small ones, big ones. This week I walked by West 8th Street and Sixth Avenue, and alas that Barnes and Noble is now also history. When I finally ventured back into a bookstore it took all my concentration not to buy a book. Sometimes I found myself in line at the cashier - but managed to extract myself at the last minute.
Well how do you get books you might ask? You have heard of the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queens Public Library? Well I am a card carrying member of them all. Mostly I use the New York Public Library (NYPL) because I find myself more in Manhattan, which does not mean the other libraries of lesser quality. The great thing about the public library is that it is free, that the Mid Manhattan Library for instance is open until 11 o'clock at night on weekdays; that you can ask them to buy books you would like to read (and they do buy them.) You can now also download e-books, but more about that under another entry.