No Flies On eReaders


Well, I decided to give my Sony eReader one more chance. Even though it refuses to download books to the device after I’ve legitimately paid for them. (It says ‘Transfer to READER’ – but there’s no READER column to transfer to) I’ve still got some stuff to read on it before I frisbee it into the bin. But now I’ve discovered a new problem for the more seasoned traveller.

You can’t read a touch-screen in the desert.

There are rather a lot of flies here, and every time one of the damned things lands on my screen, it changes the page. Several dancing around are capable of making you skip whole chapters.

A few ganged up to rewrite entire passages by TE Lawrence (not necessarily a bad thing). Or maybe they’re reading faster than me.

This could be an advantage if you were reading Jeffrey Archer, say, with flies blasting through the dull bits for you. They haven’t actually started choosing my material, downloading copies of ‘The Fly’ and ‘The Spider’s Stratagem’.

And luckily I’ve had no remedial-reading flies so far, squeaking ‘No, wait, I haven’t finished this bit yet’ when I go to change pages. But it’s only a matter of time.

4 comments on “No Flies On eReaders”

  1. Gretta says:

    Poor admin. I can’t work out whether they’re wi ye(finding Seven Pillars as much of a chore as you are), or agin ye(techno luddite flies, attempting to get you to come to your senses regarding eReaders). Whichever, they have my respect. Do any of them look like Jeff Goldblum?

  2. Alan G says:

    Now why didn’t those geniuses at Sony take that possibility into account? Sheer laziness.

    Thanks Admin – hilarious!

  3. Peter Lee says:

    I know you don’t like it but the Kindle has buttons you press to turn the pages… Also no faffing around with transferring the book to a computer, then to the reader. Just saying.

  4. This made me laugh out loud, and startle my office mates. Good way to wrap up the morning. 😉

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