|My neighbor's Pyracantha covered in berries is one of our first signs of Fall|
Tonight I took a much needed break from NaNo to write about an E-Reader. My sister's Kindle arrived from Amazon tonight around five-thirty. The first in our whole family. Anyone would have known that as soon as they heard the way we oohed and ahhed.
In seconds, with a few touches on the screen, she had it registered with Amazon and was busy downloading her choices of books. ( I asked her how much she was planning to spend and she waved her card at me: "As much as this card will hold." Her husband heard her. "I guess my trip to the lake just got cancelled to next December.")
She chose to use the computer to download books instead of the Kindle because it was easier to browse. Instantly they were available on her Kindle. Naturally, she downloaded my e-book anthology. It was amazing to see it and feel it was something I would look back on as an important technological step for me. I thought about my other technology firsts: my first 8 track tape player, my first cassette player, VHS, CD, and my first DVD, my first computer. Okay, I'm sold! I want my own.
This Kindle is the size of a paperback and to turn the page, you thumb a button on the side. A friend of hers has had one for a year and loves it. For awhile she used it exclusively. "But," she said, "I also love to read "real" books. When I sat down to read one the other day, I found myself so engrossed in it, I kept hitting the side of the page with my thumb trying to get it to turn."
I left my sister to play with it, get to know it, then teach me how to use it. At home, I immediately called a writer friend and we wondered about the print since it seemed to be smaller than 12 point to me on the six inch screen. Was it senior friendly? Yep, Kindle cares about seniors. My sister discovered that you can change the font to a size that's comfortable for the reader. I now know first hand the advantages of e-readers but I don't want to give up books.
I remember hearing about the hooplah of TV versus Movies. They sounded the death nell for movies. It didn't happen. Both survived and now they even interact together making each stronger. Let's hope it's the same for e-readers and books.
What was your first experience with an e-reader?
Great interview with one of my favorite mystery writers, Janet Evanovich, at Media Bistro and her opinion on e-Books.