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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Re-Kindle Your Love of Reading

So I was listening to the Sunday stock report this morning (yes, I listen to that sort of stuff as well as a wide variety of music) and they mentioned that Amazon.com 's stock is up and a nice chunk of that is due to sales of the Kindle (I think they said 6 million, but I was Elancing).

What the heck's a Kindle and why should I care? A Kindle is a "wireless reading device." My husband summarized--"It's an iPod for books." From what I can tell, he's said it, in a nutshell. Essentially, Amazon ran with the idea of having a handheld device that allows you to read on a monochrome screen (for high contrast, of course). You can connect (to their bookstore) anytime for free! If you first pay $360 for the privilege of owning this particular device ;-).

Chatting with the venerable Deb Blake ;-) today, she pointed out that she'd prefer books. And I wondered... How many of us love the feel and scent and visual impact of a book over the convenience of uploading and downloading? It's something I've thought about before--I even like the sound of pages when I ruffle them. Maybe I'd enjoy the Kindle, but anything smaller than my laptop usually falls into the nebulous folds and pockets of my purse or bag--seldom to emerge in the same condition (a hazard of having a curious 4 year old ;-).

So, what would it take for you to try a Kindle? I'll try darn near anything once, if provided with the appropriate and necessary tools (in this case, the Kindle). But short of that, I'm a paper page turner. Yes, it's not the greenest thing about me, but my novels don't require batteries and I don't need to read a manual to read them.

Besides, there's always TextNovel... :-)

So, anyone out there have a Kindle and want to tell me about it?
~Saoirse

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