All I Want For Xmas Is A Kindle (Or…an iPad!!!)

by @thewritermama on November 15, 2010 · 7 comments

I think it’s time that this family had a Kindle.

And I don’t even need a fancy one because I’ve already got an iPhone. But it’s too small to read on.

And I’ll be frank with you: my eye doctor has already told me that I am not that far away from bifocals.

I’ve been avoiding her ever since.

Here was the tipping point: I want the new Nora Ephron book. But have you taken a look at the thing? It’s like a handful of essays for $22.95.

Are you kidding me? The last publishing affront of similar absurdity was the Kelly Corrigan book for $16.99 for 96 pages.

96 pages! I wrote 96 pages, like, I don’t know, yesterday. Sheesh!

Now Corrigan’s book is priced at $6.80, which I might actually be willing to spend, so we can see how well that worked out for the publisher.

Still, as much as I like Corrigan as an author, I was not going to pay $16.99 when her second book came out. I was too offended by the slightness of the book.

Borders had Ephron’s new book for a couple of bucks off. Or I could get it from Amazon for only $11.49, which isn’t bad.

But it’s only 160 pages. All that book for 160 pages? It seems wasteful to me.

And yet I want to read it. I like collections of funny essays. And I don’t want to wait for the library to get it. Even if they already have it, which they do, I just checked. There is a wait for it.

And I’m not waiting. And even though I could download it on a free Kindle app onto my phone or computer, this is not the ideal reading device. Do I really want to spend one more minute a day on my computer more than the 6-10 hours I already spend? I don’t think so!

And that little twinge of impatience is where the Kindle waltzes right in and convinces me that yes, indeed, it’s time. And my daughter has been complaining of not being able to read in the car in the dark, so this will solve that problem as well, if buy one of the lighted covers to go with it.

My husband is an English teacher and can also benefit from the free classics available for download.

So, I know what I’m getting for my birthday or Xmas. Likely it will be the Kindle for my birthday and then a bunch of books for Xmas for the three of us so we can try it out.

I’m not going to use my Kindle for books related to work. I’m only going to use it for reading for pleasure. At least that’s the plan. We’ll see how long I last.

Do you have a Kindle? Do you like it? Let me know if you have any suggestions.

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