Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Techno Groupie

Gulp!

I ordered  a Kindle this morning. Never in my wildest dreams (prior to Kindle's introduction) would I ever have thought I'd want what amounts to a little computer on which to read books. I don't like to read them on my big computer screen--why in the world would I want to read them on something smaller?

But I paid attention. Watched all the videos from day one. The features are amazing, and the assurance that although a bit odd at first, readers quickly forget they're not actually reading a book, hooked me. Even though I've never actually seen one in person, I know I've sold a few of them just because I'm so stoked.

I asked for one the first Christmas they came out. I asked again last Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I usually always get what I ask for. The Kindle just fell through the cracks, but now I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival.

I told a friend what I'd done this morning. Amazingly, she hadn't heard of Kindle (the second person today!) and was immediately worried about bookstores.

I wish I had an answer to her concern. The fact is, I don't. Maybe book stores as we know them will morph into little cyber cafes where book groups meet and orb sample pages to each other for discussion. 

All I know is that not paying attention to technology, even embracing it, doesn't make it go away. We've built up industries and expanded our own little corners of the world through the Internet. There might be some exciting things on the horizon with innovations like Kindle--fewer trees killed, lowered publishing costs, and who knows what else.

I admit I want to see my name on the cover of a book. Hold it in my hands, flip the pages. Autograph a few. Know what I mean?

In the meantime, I can't wait to hold the Kindle in my hands and figure it out.



CR: First the Dead.

It's all better with friends.


4 comments:

Ralene said...

Oh, you have to let me know how it is. I have been hearing such great things about Kindle. May have to add it to my wish list! How ya been?

Peg Brantley said...

Check this out . . .
http://michaelhyatt.com/

I've been doing great, thanks so much for asking. On my own this week while my husband is on a golf trip with the boys. It's allowed me to declare a NO CLEANING and VERY LITTLE COOKING and MORE WRITING week. I miss him, but I love this time by myself.

I'll let you know what I think about the Kindle.

Peg said...

The Kindle has been on my wish list for some time. But I'm having a hard time justifying the expense . . . yet. Perhaps if I totaled up the cost of the books I've bought recently I could prove to hubby the econimical advantage to having a Kindle, not to mention new bookcases I won't need! LOL

Let us know how you like it!

Hugs, "other" Peg

Peg Brantley said...

I'll be sure and let you know.

I understand there are free books available to download. But I have a feeling you get what you pay for with those.

Bookcases would be a huge savings. Unfortunately, I already need a few to just catch up with my brood of books. Even after having given tons away!