Just because I carry a Kindle and an iPod Touch with me everywhere I go doesn’t mean I’ve eschewed physical copies of books and music. Quite the opposite, in fact. I love paper books and CD’s, and I’m even thinking of starting a vinyl collection. Unfortunately, renting a cramped room, I don’t have the luxury of space to store books and CD’s.
But, from time to time, I’d still allow myself to buy hardbound books, paperbacks and jewel cases. Especially when money allows and/or if the physical version is much cheaper than its digitized form. This time I got myself Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues and Port of Morrow, a new album from The Shins.
These days, it’s pretty rare to find a book or a CD that is cheaper than its digitized version. But Half-Blood Blues and Port of Morrow are cheaper than their Kindle or mp3 copies. It’s only a dollar cheaper. But, hey, I’m a frugalist. A dollar saved is a dollar saved.
Half-Blood Blues is the first book I’ve bought this year. I just finished re-reading A Storm of Swords, by George R.R. Martin, and is about to proceed to the next book of the Song of Ice and Fire when I saw this book on Amazon as one of their best books of March. Its synopsis –Nazis, racism, jazz music, World War II– hooked me right away.
I’m not really a big fan of The Shins. But I like them nonetheless. I’m pretty much excited that James Mercer is back with his crew. I like his voice and song writing. But his team-up with Danger Mouse in Broken Bells was just…broken. Port of Morrow is a decent album. It didn’t disappoint. Although it doesn’t seem as good as Wincing the Night Away or Chutes Too Narrow…more on this on my upcoming review.
Paperbacks are cool, and so are CDs. But I’m a practical and a frugal person. I go for cheap things that can easily be stored. That’s why I go for e-books, mp3s and digital games. Unless, of course, the physical copies are cheaper.