Technology is a funny thing. I’ve always been one to be way behind the curve, and although I have always used Macs at home for working and writing, they are never the fresh and new models but reliable old workhorses. I’ve never used an iPod, don’t own an iPhone. I finally broke down and bought a used iPad, which is the first generation (as far as I can tell), made when Steve Jobs was still alive.
iTunes has always been a bit of a mystery to me, too. I’ve used iTunes occasionally for music, but more often for playing mp3s of dictation files that I’m transcribing. Pretty boring, right? Yeah, but I always resent when the cultural dictum comes down from above: You have to consume your entertainment this way. This is the new and flashy way and everybody’s going to adopt it. Well, I usually don’t!
So I have not yet been able to read my own books on Apple. They’re just there. Maybe that will change soon, because as Mark Coker of Smashwords informed us, iOS 8 is now going to come with an iTunes app built in. Now, what that will look like, I’m not sure. I don’t have any new devices! But because I know I do have some iTunes readers out there, I set two ebooks free for the foreseeable future. My Dorothy Richardson study is free, as is my short memoir That Lonely, Sinking Feeling: A Memoir of Love, Friendship and Letting Go.
Meanwhile, my latest queer memoir, It’s Not You, It’s Me, is released tomorrow on Kindle! It is part of the Kindle Unlimited program, so it’s free for KU subscribers. I was pleased to see that the Australian Amazon store placed it in their lesbian studies category, along with provocative titles like Shiri Eisner’s Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, which I am looking forward to reading.