Mary Parker had the best Christmas ever. Her single parent mother had scraped together enough money all year to get her a MonkeyTouch 3B eReader Express. Mary was so happy that she skipped school one day and went down to the library, her favorite place in town. Mary loved going to the Banned Library, always taking out a pile of books, and with her new MonkeyTouch she could store up to 34,542 books at one time. She walked in the library and went directly to the circulation desk.
"Excuse me?" she asked Betty the Circulation Librarian.
"Yes?" Betty said.
"I just got this MonkeyTouch 3B eReader Express for Christmas and wanted to know how I can use the library to get ebooks to fill it up with and save myself from a sad life of ignorance and working as a banker."
Betty screamed, grabbed the MonkeyTouch 3B eReader Express from Mary's grasp and smashed it against the circulation desk.
Mary jumped back and began crying. Betty began crying. The man in the corner wearing a trench coat waiting to expose himself began crying.
“Why would you do that?” Mary asked.
“I’m sorry,” Betty said through sobs, “But that device is not compatible with our current software.”
Mary looked down at the device. Its screen was cracked, the little buttons were popping from the case.
Betty leaned across the table, pushing the hunk of plastic back at Mary, “Some things are dangerous girl. This device, oh this device is an abomination. You’d thank me if you knew.”
Mary clutched at the eReader, drawing its broken plastic close to her chest, “I’m going to call the police.”
“You do that,” Betty said, wiping her eyes, “You do that and you’ll find out all about that device. Best you take it back, turn in the warranty. Here’s a list of devices... compatible with our current system. And may God have mercy on your soul.”
Mary took the pamphlet Betty offered and left the library. Outside, she thought she could hear yelling coming from the computer lab in the basement, but pushed the noises aside in her brain.
What Mary did not know, what she could have never known, was the horror unleashed by eBooks at the Banned Library. But that’s a story for another day... (stay tuned all week for tales from... The eBook Zone.)
Next tale: Dave and Lucy
Welcome to an alternate dimension. A dimension unlike our own where people do not understand new technology yet insist that it be implemented and allowed to exist for free. A dimension where companies who have priced this technology do not understand what they have (I mean they get what it is, they are not jerks who just get stuff and are all "What's this? Let's sell it" without understaning its purpose in this world). Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, here's one such story from a place called... The eBook Zone.
Mary thought she had the world on a string. A dainty string that was kinda frilly and made things pretty and was attached to a brand new eReader. But that was before she was to enter The eBook Zone.
Mary and the Incompatible Device