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   Given:  Many traditional book people refuse to read for pleasure on a Kindle Fire (or similar electronic screen).

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   (A)  I work hours a day watching a screen; therefore I don’t want to use one to read for fun.

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   (B)  I enjoy the feel and privacy of hard-copy books.

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   (C)  It’s too annoying to read the “long lines” of text on a horizontal screen.

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If this expresses your feelings, use the DOOR,

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     We¹ advocate that traditional hard-copy (hardback and paperback) readers who are reluctant to leave their traditional reading materials to at least skim the following:

   (1)  We’ve been there, too.

   (2)  This directly responds to B and C above.

   (3)  A Kindle Fire (and similar devices) can be just as private as a regular book–in some ways more so. For example, one can easily buy–and keep forever–an ebook, then highlighting parts in one of four colors and typing “hidden” notes along the way, as one would make footnotes. Further, if one’s Kindle gets broken, lost, or stolen, and is then replaced, the new Kindle automatically comes with all one’s old notes and highlighting effects! (The cloud remembers.)

   (4)  As to the usual reading of long lines of text in “landscape” (horizontal) screen positioning, we recommend something we don’t often see: do much, if not all, of your regular reading with your screen oriented in “portrait” (vertical) positioning². Why? It makes for faster, easier reading–especially fiction, and even the Bible. You eyes can fly fast (or faster) down the page without straining your neck.

   Much more can be said about this, like how you can carry a vast library around in your purse or large cargo pants pocket (I have 97 books on my Kindle Fire 8), but that’s enough for this adozenseconds.

   But putting novels on a phone, as one fan did my The Blood of Three Worlds, no way! That’s pushing the envelope off the table…

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   ¹ Once again, the editorial “we.”

   ² And portrait position is perfect for even reading my (500 paper-page novel, even with pictures) The Blood of Three Worlds (Ephemeron, 2019; available in both ebook or print formats that you can peek into on Amazon).