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To Kindle or Not To Kindle

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I LOVE books. Adore them. Go through them like a drunk with a six-pack. And thatís why I now canít live without my Kindle.
First I objected to ordering books online. Give up the ambiance of a bookstore? Lose up the comforting sight of shelves jam-packed with literary adventures? Pah! Get thee to a nuthouse.
But then one day it was raining and I was still in my jammies and I wanted to buy a book. I heard the siren song of Amazon and never looked back. Itís not only convenient itís cheaper. And hereís the thing: They have not banned me from the bookstore. Itís not an either/or. And, like it or not, itís here to stay.
Then came the Kindle, and I balked for the same reasons Britt did. Iím a writer. I stare at a computer screen all day. And the Kindle has such a tiny screen. What about the nice heft of a real book in my hands? What about the Pavlovian response I have to the smell of ink on paper? No Kindle for me, thank you very much.
But then one day I had to go to India for a month-long research trip for my new novel, and I was faced with needing to carry enough books to last me. Full of shame and apprehension, I bought a Kindle and loaded up about 20 books for India.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the screen does not glare like a computer screen. Itís some kind of freaky new technology that makes it as easy on the eyes as paper. And you can change the font size! One night I was reading a really good book in bed and falling asleep, but I didnít want to put it down. I kept making the font bigger until I was only getting like six words on a page. I finally put it down and went to sleep, and I didnítí give myself a concussion by dropping a big old hardcover on my head when I passed out.
And the books are cheap. My novel, The Book of Unholy Mischief, is $26 in the bookstore and $17 on Amazon. On Kindle itís $9.99. So if you buy enough books, the thing eventually pays for itself.

This is not an ad for Kindle and I donít work for Amazon. I am an author and my first purchase on Kindle was my own novel, The Book of Unholy Mischief. You can read more about it on my website,, and that was another thing I objected to at first. Put up a website?
But then one day I got this book deal from Simon & SchusterÖ

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
-SHAWN- 3/13/2011 11:10PM

    I love my Kindle. I've never read so much in my life! I have every electronic gadget you can think of, but this is the first one that gets used ALL THE TIME!


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COSMIC_ENERGY 8/23/2009 8:34PM

    I order books like mad on Amazon but have not succumb to the siren's song. I may have to put one on my Christmas list. thanks for your take on it!

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MERLINANDME 8/23/2009 8:28PM

    There was an interesting article about Kindle in The New Yorker last week. I am curious about whether or not I would like it.

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