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.


  1. 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!

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

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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


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