Yeah, yeah, I know I've already blogged about "reading green" so excuse me for bringing this up again but we've had a lot of conversation lately about e-book readers on our brand new chat loop for Three Wicked Writers. Oh yeah...please sign up for it if you haven't already. Lots of very cool people hanging out at this loop.
Ahem Ahem...I digress (as I often do) LOL. The subject is ebook readers. Now, let me say first off that I got an ebookwise reader last Christmas and I simply love it. Not only is it relatively inexpensive (around $140) but it's roughly the size of a paperback book, lightweight, and it lights up. It's great to use when the family is watching tv together and you're sitting in the dark. My hubby loves to watch the crappiest stuff of tv. No kidding. He loves Ice Road Truckers, The Deadliest Catch, bass fishing (which is like watching the grass grow) and weird stuff like the Knife Show, where these redneck guys try to sell "bulk" quantity knives with names like RAMBO, THE TERMINATOR and DEATH BLADE. Gag me. Ooops. I digress again. Sorry, but his watching habits get my panties in a twist. Oh yeah...ebook readers.
Now a number of chatters mentioned the Sony and I have to admit, this looks really good. Apparently the print quality is excellent. It's a little pricier than what I have but I like the idea of going into my local Best Buy and being able to hold it in my hand, experiment a little. The machine, if you've pulled it up on-line, looks beautiful. I understand it also allows pdf (Adobe) files which is verrrry nice. Someone mentioned that her tax guy says it's a tax deduction since she uses it for promotion. She brings it to book signings and other public appearances and has excerpts (of her own work of course...smart chick) and lets people check it out if they are interested. Hmmm. I like this idea. Use it for promo and get a tax break.
Don't know much about the Kindle but from what I've seen, it would be GREAT for someone who wants a hand-held computer that will allow him/her to buy newspaper and magazine subscriptions plus books. It's still really pricey, I think. Does anyone out there have one? Can you tell us about it? This looks so good but I'd really like to know more.
Before I got my ebookwise reader, I had a HORRIBLE book buying habit. Do I hear any AMENS out there? Holy Cow! I was baaaaad. Now I spend far, far less, I can carry my entire library with me in my PURSE. What a super cool thing!
Soooo. Guess I just wanted to see what everyone else is using or thinking of buying. If you don't have a reader of any kind, may I make a teeny weeny suggestion? Christmas is right around the corner and Santa is listening.