I've estimated that I may have gained as much as an hour a day.
Formerly this time was devoted to reading the newspaper, watching the evening news, leafing through Newsweek.
Or I'd indulge in those little "cheat breaks" when I'd open a new tab on my web browser and dip into the NY Times on-line as an escape from what I was supposed to really be doing.
The extra time that has bounced back my way has allowed me to become better acquainted with the books I have in my library at home.
Squiggles on a Page
At some point I realized that I was mentally tallying the number of autographed copies of certain books I'd been fortunate to accumulate over the years. Sometimes these acquisitions weren't even by design. More than once I've simply bought a used book, opened it, and discovered it was signed by the author. Happy day! A real analogue bonus feature!
|I picked up this copy of short stories at the annual|
library book sale. It was signed by the author!
Most of the time I end up with a signed book in the usual way. I stand in line at a special event and meet up with the author at a table piled high with books.
Once it was even less calculated. I was at conference and I spotted the author of one of my favorite books as a child, A Wrinkle in Time. She was sitting by herself in a wheel chair. She proved approachable and very kind when I made a clumsy compliment and held out a book to be signed.
So not long ago I pulled out Ms. L'Engle's book and others and started looking at the signatures and reminiscing. That's when it occurred to me that maybe I could go to eBay or some other on-line source and add to my collection. Would it be affordable?
Well, it might be if I set a budget and refused to pay over a set amount per book.