When you’re reading an ebook, do you pay attention to that little percentage down at the bottom? It’s nice to have it, to see exactly how much of the book is left, but sometimes it’s not a good thing because of the Kindle crawl.
The Kindle crawl: When you’re reading an ebook and you glance down at the percentage and think, I’ve hit the page down button like 10 times and I’m still on 22%? And the whole book seems to go the same way.
That is the Kindle crawl. And I totally made that word up. I googled it and didn’t find any references, so I’m gonna claim it as mine.
Now there’s two reasons for the Kindle crawl.
1.) You’re reading a ridiculously long book. If the book’s 400, 500, 600… pages, it’s explainable.
But the other reason is:
2.) You’re bored. You like the book enough to keep reading it, but it just crawls along, making it feel like you’re barely moving forward.
I thought about this because recently I’ve read some books that seem to drag. But right now I’m reading the opposite. A book that is going fast.
The other night I was reading and I’m like whoa—I jumped ahead from 20% to 30%, and I hadn’t been reading that long.
But maybe it’s a shorter story though.
Luckily, the author is Jolene Perry, and I kinda sorta know her. And the story is The Summer I Found You. So I emailed her to ask about the word count, and she wrote back and told me. Cause she’s nice like that.
The story isn’t short, but it’s not long either. It’s just in the middle, word count wise. But I love the story. The characters are fresh and likeable, their voices are perfect. Which means it’s an easy=fast=good read. So there is no Kindle crawl with The Summer I Found You.
And I like to read books like that. I much prefer to read books like that. Of course, who wouldn’t? 🙂
Do you ever experience the Kindle crawl? Or better, do you more often read novels like The Summer I Found You, where the book seems to move super fast because it’s a terrific story?