Many have found that the journey through retirement takes detours and fancy little side paths. The technology revolution has been one of the most interesting and yet sometimes frustrating mysteries to be solved along the way. Changing over from a flip phone to a smartphone, for instance, has been a step most of us have taken. But learning how to use all the features of the new gadget can be challenging.
The transition from hard text to e-books is something most retirees were reluctant to make just a few years ago. Some stood their ground–“I just like the feel of a real book. I can mark pages and flip back and forth to review or to check out what’s coming.” Others forged ahead and found they could do the same things on an e-reader. Some of those eager beavers now read almost exclusively on their Kindles, I-Pads, or other e-book platforms. One retired lady told me she reads all her books on her phone nowadays. E-readers are good travelers.
When I started writing my mystery series a few years ago, my protagonist flipped her phone to open or end a call. By the time I was ready to publish, I’d had to revise that part and add texting. These days, most of the books I sell are in e-book format. It’s part of the journey, and I don’t want to be left behind. My Kindle and my smartphone are now travelling with me.