She's a curvy little thing, built just the way I like 'em: compact, sleek and hard-bodied. I take her everywhere with me. And, for all practical purposes, we've gotten hitched:
Reb and his new Kindle reader w/Wi-Fi and 3G.
Oh, I know, there are fancier readers around, with gadgets that might make me pant. And I know, I know, now and then there will be books I'll want to have in print form. My baby won't have any problem with that because she knows I love her so.
Portable? You bet she is! Not all that much bigger than a large index card, she weighs well under half a pound and fits easily in a coat pocket.
Convenient? Aye, she surely is. In addition to two dictionaries included, she can hold hundreds of books and I can travel without Customs needing to examine them. Nor need I pause to wonder which books to bring along with me. With just a little button work, I can switch from one book to another...and the Kindle will always remember precisely where I left off. Furthermore, the cool screen and ink display allow me to read indoors or outdoors in almost any light.
Writer-friendly? She's that too. I'm reading a nonfiction book to review and don't need my usual rigamarole: pencils and index cards. I can highlight passages I like while adding notes as I go. Done reading, I'll pull up my notes and highlights, and write a no-sweat, informed review.
Cheap? Who wouldn't love such a cheap date? So far, this first week, I've downloaded two books for under $4.00 apiece, and three more for free.
Even so, all this considered, some will wonder nervously: But are e-books really books? Friends, in terms of human time, books as we've known them amount to roughly a couple of heartbeats. But stories date back to the dawn of mankind. Readers aren't having much trouble adjusting to the change. Now writers need to hustle to the beat of a groovy new drum.