I like to read novels every now and then and our bookshelves at home are a testament to that. However I have never been a fan of clutter which is strange as wargamers are possibly Kings (or Queens) of clutter when it comes to paints and miniatures etc and our books cases are starting to fill up. Reading is usually my inspiration for more wargames purchasing. On the net in blogs, wargames magazines, forums and also novels.
I have also completely enjoyed Bernard Cornwells Saxon series. It's great for getting into a mood for Saga games and gives you great background material for England in the Viking ages. I highly recommend them. They are brutal and heroic and full of the sights and smells of an age of mud, wattle, axes, round shields and sh!t.
At the start of this year I got an Ipad 2 and figured out that it can also function as a reading device like a Kindle. I may be a little slow on the up take and many of you reading this may even be likely to have taken to e-books long ago. So this year I have purchased a few novels in the old 'made from trees' format and a very few in the 'does not take up any space on the bookshelf format'. I am even guilty of recently going in to a bookstore and having a look around then going home and buying the novel on iTunes. It works out around half price compared to the 'made from trees' product.
Recently I had a hankering to re-read 'The Hobbit' especially after looking at you tube blogs about the making of the 2 x 3D moves of the same name (the first one to be released in December). Really looking forward to it. So I picked up a copy while visiting family interstate. I like the book so much that I decided to make it a read out loud experience for my kid. It also helped fill in some of the day while it rained and rained outside. It is becoming an enjoyable shared experience for us both. This may be the downside to buying an e-book. Less sharing. It might be a little harder to share the novels around with friends and family than it is with a hard copy version. I don't really know.
For wargamers and wargames companies digital distribution may offer some interesting options. I recently acquired the Kings of War latest rules PDF for free. A great set of rules that has a simplicity that Saga seems to have captured. The rules also open up lots of cool modeling opportunity's with wound counters as casualty indicators. This means big block units stay on the table until destroyed. Very cool.
Happy reading for now from Brendon (The Kiwi)