Sunday, January 2, 2011

Opening Sentence of the Day: A Study in Scarlet



In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army.

-- A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Thanks to Steve Anderson, who I had coffee with when I was considering getting an iPhone, I learned that I could download a kindle app to my iPhone and have a book with me in my pocket.  So I downloaded the first Sherlock Holmes book.  I wanted to start with a free e-book, in case I didn't like it.

But I do.  It was pretty intuitive, and I learned how to set the color to "sepia" so the background is offwhite and the text is brown, so it is a little softer to look at.  And I figured out how to bookmark the page where I stop, so I can go back to it. I don't think I'll be giving up my print books any time soon, but it is fun to have.  It came in handy when I was waiting for a friend for breakfast the other day.

6 comments :

Mary said...

I need to learn how to adjust the page and print colors on my iPhone. I have a Kindle but don't always have it with me. I ALWAYS have my iPhone and I've read from it more than a few times. I've joined the War & Peace 365 Readalong (a chapter a day for a year). Although I bought the actual book I'm thinking of downloading the eBook. I'm traveling in a couple of weeks and don't want to lug the book with me.
Happy New Year!

Whole Soul Journeys said...

Dear Rose City Reader, I truly appreciate your dedication to your blog. You inspire me, dear one.

winstonsdad said...

wonderful opening one my all time favourites holmes ,all best for the coming year stu

Rose City Reader said...

Mary: I find it handy to have a book on my iPhone. It's easy to read a couple of pages while waiting in line or something -- easier than messing with the earphones for the iPod audio book.

Good luck with W&P!

Whole Soul Journeys: Hi Mel! What a delightful surprise to hear from you!!!!!! I don't have a current address. Now I can track you down. Have a happy birthday this week!

Stu: I think I'll finish the book with the book itself because it is sitting on my shelf and is too tempting.

Have a great new year!

Kristen M. said...

I have yet to read an entire book on the iPhone. Instead, I read small portions of books when I'm stuck somewhere. Luckily, I have a few of those free classics apps so I get to revisit old favorites (like Sherlock Holmes) or get a taste of classics that I haven't gotten to yet!

Michael5000 said...

The Sherlock Holmes saga doesn't exactly start with a bang, does it.

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