A power failure took out thousands of homes last night, and even when the power returned, my Internet service did not. I was going to buy a Kindle last night to see if gray scaling these pictures improved how they looked, but that was a complete loss of an evening. I hate to spend the money, partly because I am cheap, and partly because I am not thrilled with the Kindle's user interface. If only there were a Kindle rental shop--a place you could rent one for a few weeks for a fraction of the cost of buying one. But I can see why that might not work, and perhaps I just need to bite the bullet and buy one--I expect to do more books this way.
UPDATE: One reader suggested buying a Nook instead (which is a more open platform, sold by Barnes & Noble). I may well do that. I am not buying the Kindle because I prefer reading books that way--I do not--but because I need it to verify the final version that I put up on the Kindle site. I suspect that I will probably only write books in this format in the future, since increasingly, it appears that to get a book published by a trade publisher it better be in one of the following categories:
1. You are nationally famous or infamous.
2. It is "soon to be made into a major Hollywood movie."
3. It has a gay theme. Seriously: when I was out looking for an agent, I was surprised at how many agents were really interested in books with a gay theme. My agent tells me that yes, indeed, it is because gay people read and buy books in numbers greatly disproportionate to their numbers. I already know that books about gun history certainly aren't a way to sell books!