I’ve been set a task to read a certain book (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, a book at least 75% of the English-reading world has read, and I’m in the 25%); I’ve done something similar to this already, with pretty much the same result.
I am not really in a position to go off to the local bookstore or to the library all that often, so I usually have to devise my own methods of getting things – like happening upon them at other places like rummage sales or department stores, and everything normally works out fine. One would think that a book as well-known as Pride and Prejudice would be available at one of these places, but I have had no luck in finding it as of yet.
Of course, there are alternate methods of getting access to books without having to pay for them – the ebook route, and I’ve done this in the past for another book that wasn’t in my house at the time, but the thing was with that particular book, there were no chapter divisions, and the whole book was converted to a single-space affair. A few times, I had tried to get involved with that particular book (The Firm), but I just could not. One thing that I’ve figured out is that for me, if I want to read something longer than a few thousand words, it really needs to be in a tangible format. This brings me back to my attempt at reading Pride and Prejudice as an ebook.
Unlike the version of The Firm that I found, the first version (in PDF) of Pride and Prejudice does actually have the chapters intact, but there are a couple of problems for me at least. First, it’s set up for A4-size paper – a type of paper that is not at all available here (yes, it’s in the OfficeMax catalog, at the cost of $13.99 per ream – not available in stores, so you have to pay shipping on top of that). Plus, take a look at this sample text from the first chapter:
“_You_ want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it.”
I don’t know what the intention of the person who converted the book was, but not only are those underscores annoying, but they do change how I would read that. To me, it doesn’t make much sense to do that especially when just about everyone has access to proper editing tools so that if they wanted to place accent on a word in sentence, they could just put in italics.
Ah well, enough about that. I’m probably going to end up getting a way to get to either the local second-hand bookstore or find a rummage sale where it’s available. I would order it online through Barnes and Noble, where they only want $2.99 for an in-house paperback version of it; the only catch is that their shipping would double the price of the book – $3.00 flat fee plus 99¢ per item.
Aside from that, I spent most of my day today looking through photos that I’ve taken over the last 2+ years, mostly to find things to post to here – for example a sign from a local McDonalds that has a farily obvious spelling mistake, along with taking note of photos that I’ve taken of various gas stations’ price boards. It was something that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I do think that I need to take some time to go through and prepare some photos for posting. I’ve also noticed that in this month so far, I’ve taken more photos than in any month over the last two years.