In this guest blog for Kindle Post, Marian Keyes gives the fairytale story of how she came to love her Kindle. Marian's new book, The Mystery of Mercy Close, is available now.
Once upon a time, long, long ago, (about 2 years ago) there was an average-looking maiden. This maiden loved reading books but because of her busy job herding swans, there wasn't much time for her hobby. Our maiden, we'll call her Marian because we might as well call her something, looked forward very much to her holidays when she could read to her heart's content. Books she would gather, many many books and pile them into her suitcase and fly away to a sunny place and wallow in words for seven happy days.
But lo! A decree was issued by the big-wigs in power. A new law was being brought into force: it was called The Baggage Allowance. Suitcases would be permitted to weigh 20 kilos, no more. And sometimes, especially on the airlines that declared themselves 'Budget' even less than 20 kilos. Books were heavy items. Very heavy. Marian's abundance of holiday reading would have to be pared back to the bone.
Marian was downcast. What if she ran out of reading material on her holidays? Her beloved (for he always accompanied her on these jollies) had completely different reading tastes to her--she had no desire whatsoever to read of the campaign in North Africa during the Second World War.
Perhaps she could buy some books while in the foreign holiday land? But bitter experience had shown her that the likes of books on sale in these places were, not to put too fine a point on it, a load of old rubbish.
And then came news of a magic device. It went by the name of Kindle. It weighed a tiny amount, little more than a breath of a baby unicorn, but hundreds of books could be stored upon it. The people of the land were aghast and afeerd. "It be witchcraft!" They cried. "It b'ain't natural!" And they ran away to pray to the saints.
Marian, a young woman of great courage, on account of her daily dealings with swans who are highly temperamental, did not run away. She stepped forward, picked up the Kindle and after studying it from every angle, spoke in a clear true voice. "Can anyone show me how to turn this thing on?"
A minion rushed forward and demonstrated the workings of the Kindle and Marian watched with interest. She saw the library of books that resided within. She understood that she did not have to go to the market to purchase a book she liked the sound of; by the pressing of a few buttons, she could have it delivered instantly. "I like it," Marian said. "I want it."
The people of the land watched in horror as Marian slipped the Kindle into her pocket. "No, no, no!" A great wailing and a-clamouring rose. "It be witchcraft!"
"Hush, you closed-minded peasants," Marian commanded. "It b'ain't witchcraft. It be technology."