I went to a workshop yesterday to learn about e-publishing, and I feel like I've been living under a rock while a revolution has been going on. Yes, I've heard of the Kindle and Sony wireless reading devices, but I didn't really 'get it.' I thought they were like mini computers.
Wireless reading devices are incredible, and the screen looks much better than a small paperback (which I don't even bother with any more - they kill my eyes) you can bump up the font size and there's no glare.
benefits of wireless reading vs traditional:
- carry multiple books, newspapers and magazines with you anywhere (limited selection of magazines and newspapers - no Canadian content)
- look up any words you don't know in an online dictionary
- mark passages, make annotations, and then download them
- buy books online and download them immediately! (with the Kindle in the US you can do this wirelessly)
+ no more stumbling around the bookstore trying to find something on the shelf
+ no more trying to remember where I put one of the 5 books I'm reading
+ no more piles of newspapers that I haven't had a chance to look at yet (at least once they get Canadian papers up and running)
wireless reading devices make a lot of sense from a paper-saving, space-saving and time-saving point of view.
e-publishers have online stores that make it easy to shop - you can go to a bookstore that's designed for your taste.
I think they're doing a terrible job marketing wireless reading devices and e-books. My friends and family are avid readers and NONE of us have wireless reading devices, or do you? speak up!
I want one! I'm leaning toward the Kindle 2 because it looks sleeker, claims to have a long battery life, and I think I'd rather support Amazon than Sony. Must... resist... urge... to ...click.. buy now... Must.. do... more...research...