First, I'm sorry for my disappearance and late responding to comments. I can't even use DH's return as an excuse, because he's been so exhausted, he's mostly sleeping. Or running errands and taking care of all the little stuff. God, I love the man.
The Kindle, however, is my excuse. I've been reading up a storm!
I got a Kindle for my birthday! Let me count the ways I love my Kindle! In my massive book cull, I kept about one hundred books. I'm thinking of getting rid of ALL of them, except about ten that I love, are signed, and aren't available on the Kindle.
I love the smell, feel, and energy of books. I would even go so far as to admit a bookstore kinda even turns me on. But my bookshelves don't. The Kindle does. :-)
First, the Kindle is pretty. It used to look ugly in the pictures, but it's every bit as pretty as the Sony Reader. It's got this pretty little silver select strip thing that just amazes me. I don't know how this e-ink technology works, but it's way cool.
Second, books are cheap. WOW! Books are cheap. Paperbacks are around four and five dollars, and hardbacks are around seven to nine dollars. And there are TONS of free books (especially the classics) out there at feedbooks, which rocks. I got Crime and Punishment and the whole Oz (Frank Baum) series. I'd missed a couple when I was young.
Third, the font is very readable and easily enlargable. Totally rocks. And reading in the sun is easy. I take it with me everywhere.
Fourth, the Whispernet wireless technology rocks. Anytime I think of a book I want to read, I download the sample. That way I'm not buying books until I actually read them, and I won't forget that I want to read them. And buying a book anywhere with a single, easy click is the ultimate in convenience.
Fifth, I'm reading more. And my long dry spell of buying no books is OVER! YES! I stopped buying books for nearly a year. Let me tell you, that was TORTURE. But now I've got a Kindle! Definitely worth it.
- One for Sorrow by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer
- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
- Mists of Avalon by Mary Zimmer Bradley
The very first book I'm reading on my Kindle is One for Sorrow. So far, it's awesome. Unlike anything I've ever read. It's a fifth century mystery in Constantinople. So cool.
Lately, I seem to enjoy reading more than one book at once. The ability to carry 200 books with me just KILLS me. I LOVE IT! And on a lazy level, it's so much easier to click a button to turn the page than it is to actually turn a page.
And seeing how it looks like you're actually looking at a page from a real book, I don't really miss the feel and look of paper. It really looks just like a page from a book. It's cool.
The Sony Reader is coming out with a touch screen in time for Christmas, I believe. I like that it will accept Adobe Digital Editions and many other formats, and the touch screen makes for a larger book "page."
Still, the Whispernet wireless ability to touch a button and download a book without the bother of hooking it up to my computer is something I very quickly can't live without. Not to mention the fact that Amazon has so many more books! (About double.)
So what about you? Are you thinking of making the jump to an e-book reader? Which e-reader are you leaning toward? The e-ink technology is amazing. I still keep staring at it, touching it to make sure it's not real paper, LOL!