“It’s No Sin to Love a Kindle” by Dave White

The Terror of Living by Urban WaiteToday I am pleased to welcome author Dave White. Dave has a new collection of short stories featuring Jackson Donne, More Sinned Against, available on Kindle. I’ll let Dave tell you how Jackson and the Kindle got together.

I got my Kindle as a wedding gift.

Being honest, the thing was scary. It was one of those ideas that had been drubbed into my mind for so long, I had to believe. I loved the feel, the smell, the sound of books. I loved having the weight of it in my hands. I loved the anticipation as I turned the page, waiting to find out what happens next.

So, when I stretched out on the beach chair during my honeymoon, sun beating down on me, drink in my free hand, and turned on the Kindle for the first time, I was nervous. What if money was just wasted and I hated the thing? What if I didn’t even feel like I was reading a book, but instead someone’s unfinished manuscript?

Turns out, I was wrong. I loved the thing.

I still got the same sensations, while reading. The tension was there, the desire to know what was on the next page, the constant flipping. But here’s what I didn’t expect.

How much faster I read. I could fly through these books. I read authors I didn’t think I was going to like at top pace and really fell into a rhythm with their writing. The cheaper price meant I could risk more on writers I’d only heard about. I discovered new books and it took me less time to read them. That way, I could track down the rest of their stuff too.

So, with More Sinned Against now out on Kindle, I hope you’ll take a risk too. I hope you’ll try out this anthology of my Jackson Donne stories, and find a new author. And I hope you’ll use your Kindle to hunt down my other two novels first.

The Kindle isn’t a curse or a bane on reading. It’s a tool. It’s going to get a lot of people who only read one, maybe two, books a year to read way more than that. And that can only help the industry.


More Sinned Against, seven stories featuring Jackson Donne, is available on Kindle for only $2.99 and is brought to you by the fine folks at Needle Publishing.

Dave White is among the youngest winners of the Derringer Award. He has contributed to many anthologies and collections, including The Adventure of the Missing Detective and Damn Near Dead. His two novels featuring Jackson Donne, When One Man Dies and The Evil That Men Do, were both nominated for the Shamus Award. Dave lives in New Jersey, where he teaches middle-school English. You can catch Dave blogging at Do Some Damage and On the Banks.


  • Steve Weddle

    February 17, 2011 - 12:45 pm

    So pleased Dave decided to put these together. Makes such a great intro to the novels.

    • Elizabeth A. White

      February 17, 2011 - 12:55 pm

      Agreed. And I really like what e-readers seem to be doing in general for the resurgence in short story collections.

  • NovelWhore

    February 16, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    I felt so much like you, Dave! I thought every book would feel more like “work” on a Kindle. I’ve actually found myself so deep into a book I try to flip a page instead of pushing the next page button (maybe I shouldn’t admit that in public). For me, the price of an ebook doesn’t matter (I abhor those commenters on Amazon who rate all ebooks more expensive than $9.99 one star), but I do like the immediate gratification. I do still buy physical books and love seeing my fully stocked shelves, but my Kindle is a surprisingly enjoyable companion.

    • Elizabeth A. White

      February 16, 2011 - 2:06 pm

      I had the exact same experience! I am already a fast reader, but it seems to go even faster on the Kindle. Combine that with how much it can hold and it’s an amazing little thing.

      And I’ve found myself reading many more short story collections since I’ve had it, too. And I don’t think that’s a coincidence, as many authors and anthologies seem to be targeting Kindle releases for their short story collections…like Dave’s new MORE SINNED AGAINST. 😉