Thursday, March 24, 2011

If you know yourself

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."
~ Sun Tzu, The Art of War and other Laws of Power (Mobi; Translated from the Chinese by Lionel Giles; Kindle version)

I have discovered many different quotations over the years attributed to Sun Tzu and his treatise The Art Of War, but never actually read it. I discovered it for free on Amazon and downloaded it to my Kindle a few weeks ago. I've been reading through a little at a time during my lunch every few days. I checked and apparently it is no longer available from Amazon to customers in the U.S. I find that odd.

I love my Kindle. In addition to feeding my ongoing addiction to mystery, thriller, paranormal, and romance novels, without causing further storage problems for me, I am thrilled with always having access to books. I would like to build an electronic reference library for myself, but it will take time. I still like the feel of my hard cover books, and for anything that requires a diagram, illustration, or picture for full understanding, a real book is best. But honestly for just reading or even searching, and even for quick reference books, my Kindle rocks.


cube said...

I love my books, but storage is becoming troublesome. I have heard many people speak highly of eReaders of all kinds and must say that I'm coming around to the idea.

Stormwind said...

I suspect that all the e-readers are good. I wish the manufacturers would agree on a single standard. The option to toggle between electronic ink and color pages might be nice too. That would clear up the issue with diagrams of any kind not working well with the Kindle (or at least not for me).

Bill Y said...

I had the same problem with the same book here in Ireland. It was available from Amazon for a while but then all of a sudden, it wasn't. If you need a copy, you can download it from here:

Stormwind said...

Thank you, Bill.