I came crawling out of the Stone Age today and decided to finally, finally purchase a smartphone of my own. I’ll admit, one of the main incentives was the camera feature, but as I started browsing through apps and all the crazy-seeming (to me) functions and capabilities of my shiny new fancy phone, I realized that the options are endless, particularly when it comes to books.

So endless, in fact, that it’s overwhelming. So, I’m reaching out to you—I’ll have the whole weekend to explore and learn how to use my phone, and let me tell you, technologically inept as I am I’ll likely need it. What are your favorite apps for reading? For discovering new titles and authors? Are there any neat functions that I couldn’t even dream of without having seen them first? What ones do you hate, can you not abide? I’d be interested in hearing that, too!

Technology, though it makes many wary about the future of the printed word, can only, in my eyes, serve to broaden audiences and expand the knowledge of those who are already interested in literature, or really, any old subject. So let’s have at it! Teach me something and I’ll report back.


  1. Kevin A. Lewis says:

    I’m still clinging to my Motorola stupid phone from 14 years ago. I just use it for calls and voicemail; I can receive texts, but sending them is like chiseling them in stone. As an agent, you’ve got every reason to have 24/7 internet connection via your phone, etc., but as a writer I’ve been on the Jonathon Franzen diet plan for quite some time-I don’t allow an internet portal within a hundred yards of my workspace for the same reason an Olympic athlete doesn’t rent an apartment across the street from a Carls Jr. And you’d be suprised how many people have made only half-joking offers to buy my X-Files surplus idiot phone once they realized what an addictive program they’d bought into. I’ll stick with my rationing program of one hour of e-time a day on a library PC, with two days off when they’re closed. (Hey, if it’s important, leave a voice message on my idiot phone) So, enjoy your new toy, but please don’t post any selfies of you and Jim beating up John Green for his lunch money, OK?

    • D. C. DaCosta says:

      This made me laugh out loud: such an apt analogy re: Carl’s Jr.! And I’m very glad to know I’m not such a dinosaur as some others around here.

      I was just thinking today of getting rid of my cellphone completely in another year or two. Its primary benefits are: cheap long distance calling (which I seldom use), texting (very cumbersome), and an unlisted number. Beyond that…not worth my trouble.

      I certainly would never use it for anything but phone calls. The PC+Internet handles other business nicely (what is more efficient than email when used by people who know how to use it?). The rest of the time, I want to be OUTSIDE enjoying NATURE and LIFE and my own deep thoughts…and not the latest bleatings of the Blogger of the Day.

  2. Joelle says:

    I think you asked on the wrong website for help! Apparently we’re all a bunch of Luddites here. We gave up our cell phone 6 1/2 years ago and don’t have an e-reader or iPad or any desire for one. It drives my mother crazy as there are “so many cool things” I could be wasting my time doing! I have to admit, as soon as I saw Kevin’s post about only using the library’s internet, I had a mini-fantasy about dropping my internet altogether. And I don’t even use it that much compared to most people! Ha!

    Better ask Michael Bourret for phone help. He loves gadgets!

  3. D. C. DaCosta says:

    D-d-drop the Intern-n-net? (You can do that?)

    I’ve seriously never considered that, though heaven knows I could use the $aving$. I tend to do my heavy research late at night, so having it a home is handy. On the other hand, I live near a university with long library hours….

    Thanks for an idea worth mulling over.

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