Does anyone here remember the phrase, “Be kind, rewind?” Do you recall a store called Blockbuster? Did you ever sprint towards a wall packed with new releases, stomach full of butterflies, only to find out there were no precious white boxes behind the glittering Hollywood covers? Do you remember when packing for vacation meant sorting through a knee-high pile of books — knowing the mood could strike for any one of them on your trip, but unwilling to lug all of them with you?
Friends, we truly do live in the age of convenience. And while it definitely goads me that my kids assume I should have access to every song, every movie, and every episode of any television show they want at a given moment … which often leads to us listening to “Frozen 2,” “Disney Junior Dance Party,’ and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” two dozen times rather than succumbing to a good classic rock radio station (God forbid they hear a commercial) … it’s generally pretty awesome.
Bear in mind, I say all this as one of the last people of my generation to get:
- a smartphone (I refused for ages),
- a tablet (basically a big smartphone)
- a Kindle (after refusing to “disrespect” physical books for years, I received one as a gift and now don’t board a plane without it),
- a smart watch (I just recently agreed to “try it out”)
- Audible (still on my free trial month)
I say all this because I’m amazed at how different things are for my kids than they were for me. Fundamentally they are the same — they still want to watch tv after school, they still want their own music in the car, they still need constant entertainment at restaurants, waiting rooms, etc. But the way in which they achieve these things, and the declining rate at which they have to settle for something else, is so different. Can you imagine what would happen if they asked to watch “Frozen,” and I replied that I put a hold on it at the library and we could go pick it up in 4-6 weeks? I guess it’s our job as parents to make sure they learn to compromise in this age of instant satisfaction. To make sure they still get dissatisfied once in a while, so they know how to cope.
But anyhoo… Now that this post has completely gotten away from me, I’d like to circle back to the reason I started it in the first place — to let you all know that Desperately Ever After is finally available in paperback once again. So yes, you can now experience the trilogy in any format your instant-gratification bone desires: audiobook, ebook, or good old-fashioned paper. You know, in case you need a little color for your bookshelf…
To make it even easier, here are the links, one by one:
P.S. If you’re interested, a recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that print books are still the most popular way to read a book. Literary purists unite!