I Kine Da Kindle

by Venomous Kate

One of my errands this morning was a quick stop by a second-hand bookstore, the same one I’ve been visiting twice weekly for a month or so. Unfortunately, there don’t appear to be a lot of other readers in my town, because the selection hardly ever changes. The same picked over used books that didn’t interest me last week still don’t interest me this week.

So, I wound up running by Wal-Mart where I picked up three paperbacks for a whopping $24. Yes, I probably could have gone by the local library to see if they had copies, but they only stock hardcovers and I find those a bit too heavy for bedtime reading.

Which is why Kindle, Amazon’s new electronic reader, remains the #1 item on my Christmas Wish List. Yes, it’s pricey, but I want it anyway. I figure, if Santa Claus is buying, who cares about the cost, right? (Meanwhile, I fully realize my chances of actually getting one are as realistic as the fat man in red himself.)

Of course, I’ve since found an even better reason to want one: the Kindle currently allows readers to email themselves books in PDF format and, although the support is currently experimental, they plan to enhance it rather soon. So, instead of the $9.99 that Amazon is currently charging for each book, I could also use the Kindle with other ebook sites which offer recent titles at almost half the price.

Another advantage? Since they’re in digital format, no one would know if I was reading, say, electronic romance books instead of something intellectually meaty like War and Peace.

Frankly, that just makes the Kindle even more attractive as far as I’m concerned.

6 Responses to “I Kine Da Kindle”

  1. Kate —

    If you want books, let me know. Since I grind through at least a book a day, I’ve got tons. You pay the shipping, and you can have as many as you want!

    Leslie

  2. Oh, awesome! I’m sending you an email. :)

  3. If I had the money, I would so buy a Kindle! Access to books, magazines, news websites, and blogs, all on a reader with a screen I could actually see with my old eyes? Yes please!

  4. They’re definitely pricey. I’m hoping that changes. I still don’t have a Wii because of it’s price (well, actually because so many places insist on bundling it with other stuff so they can jack up the price). Now I have to decide which I want more: the Wii or the Kindle.

    Because I like prioritizing my daydreams.

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