And The Winner Is….Me

At least I hope so.

I’m sort of setting aside the music stuff today (although I’ve still included a good tune below) because I wanted to report something. Random visitors will have no idea what I’m talking about, but regulars will remember that a few days ago I wrote that I was on the horns of a dilemma. I had pretty much decided to get an ebook reader, and was torn between the Kindle and the Nook. I even solicited votes from readers, and the poll showed that the verdict was — inconclusive.

So to cut to the chase, I decided on the Kindle 3, and since they are now being offered by places like Best Buy and Staples, I didn’t even have to wait for mail order. I went down and bought one.

So far I like it. No, I love it. And I say that after a lifetime of being conditioned to not get too excited about a new gadget because it invariably ends up disappointing me. But this thing is way cool and at $139, it’s positioning itself to be for ebook-readers what Apple’s iPod was for digital music.

It has 4G of memory — twice that of the Nook (although the Nook is upgradable) — and the battery lasts up to a month between charges.  Again, much longer than the Nook. About the only thing the Nook has in its favor is the ability to read ePub files, but there are workarounds for it and I think Amazon will eventually address this in some way.

I’ve been having all kinds of fun. Not only downloading books (just free ones so far) but also listening to music on it, browsing the web, and even doing email. That’s right, I can go to my regular Gmail account and read or write email. It’s a little tedious with the mini-keyboard, but no different than using a Blackberry or cellphone.

And Amazon has the whole process of connecting and using the thing pretty smooth and all-encompassing. In fact, they even have tips for writers who want to submit a Kindle edition of their work. Hmmm.

Anita O’Day w/Billy May’s Orchestra – “I Could Write a Book”


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