I noted that the work was a short novella, so I began to listen and read the work immediately. I was lying on my bed propped up with pillows and under the blankets for warmth the sun goes down early on cold winter nights. I had tired of random videos on Youtube and watched enough science fiction on Netflix. I wanted a good story. I needed something different.
I delved into Arthur Machen’s story of “The Great God Pan.” The first scene has an overconfident scientist from 1890 doing brain surgery on an unsuspecting woman. My fair lady, indeed.
I had the 17 inch screen laptop computer on a bedside rollup stand. The text was large and clear on Gutenberg. I listened along with the Librivox audio. I scrolled down as the narrative progressed.
When I was about three quarters of the way through I was sleepy and rolled over and stopped reading the text and let the voice tell me the story as I drifted off to sleep. I read another chapter without audio when I woke up. How nice to have access to large type.
If I had to buy all the old books I read online in a large text format – I’d need a lot more shelf space. I have lots of books in my house, but I read lots of different books online and don’t have to store anything. I do pay $100 a month for fast internet. The internet access I have gives me access to more books than I could ever read, or begin to store and catalogue physically. My own library is a hit or miss jumble of works that are not alphabetized or systematized in almost any way except height or publisher. I do have collections, classics illustrated, Great Books, that are together as a set. I have a large collection of Dover Classic line art books also. But even those collections, while together, are not alphabetized or categorized. So, maybe I am better off going online to find literary works and great books.
The internet access allowed me to find a several dozen pictures and book covers from “The Great God Pan” and make a slide show and then a video with sound on Youtube. Anyone in the world might access the visual I made and become acquainted with the book “The Great God Pan.” I leaned something yesterday, and I share it with the world today.