So there I am chatting like I know what I’m talking about at Panera Bread while waiting for a take-out. I’ve confided that I’m self publishing a book on Wednesday and a stranger behind me asks, if I could show her how to highlight text on her Kindle. She’s been waving her finger over the words like you can do on a smart phone and nothing is happening. “Well, it’s a Kindle Touch ” I said, and show her how to press her finger pad down until the highlight comes up.
She’s amazed, and then asks if that’s how people share the highlights on the book’s Amazon page. I showed her the share screen and mentioned if she wanted to make the highlights public like on the Amazon page, she’d have to register her Kindle with Twitter or FB. I then showed her the menu screen and the Notes and Marks. Clearly, when the highlight attempts failed, she’d never explored the Kindle Menu.
I helped her register and said, “Ta Da! You’re good to go.”
She was under the impression that only the Kindle Fire could share highlights. The woman had over a hundred books on her Kindle too. Then she said, “Thank you for your help, but I don’t buy self published books.”
Is this some type of bad karma smacking me? Now, I started to be snarky, Reece Carson, my amateur sleuth in Body Wave would have said, “Bless your heart for buying books when you can’t read.”
I mean how hard is it to explore the tabs on a Kindle you’ve owned for two years? But, I didn’t say anything even though my soup got cold!
My takeaway is this: Knowledge doesn’t have the same power it used to have. Sort of like, no good deed goes unpunished. This encounter brings up another takeaway point: If you buy someone a gift this holiday season, which requires pushing more than one button, either review the product’s features or download a “how to” page.
Sign up for my New Book Subscription Page or consider purchasing Double-Blind on its birthday launch on October 16th.