Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Me Holding a Kindle

While Bezos was wrapping up his much-jeered Book Expo speech that turned into a canned Kindle promo, I was approaching the Amazon booth on the floor. The day before, I had spent a little time playing with the gadget that hopes to change reading as we know it. But I had forgotten to get a photo.
An Amazon rep asked if he could help me. I told him I just wanted a picture of me holding the Kindle for my blog. "You're not going to run away with it, are you?" he asked, and I sensed he was only half kidding. "You're not going to run away with my camera, are you?" I shot back. Geez. You can see the incredulity is still on my face in the photo.
So, what did I think? Well, I like it. I can read the text okay. I love the portability. It was a little yucky when it scrolled to the next page, but I hear you can get used to that. But even with the new price break, tree-fitty is a bit too spendy for my tight budget. Get it down to $199 and I'll buy one.


Krisan Matthews said...

That's too cool! It's nice to see how big it actually is. Sometimes it is hard to tell from the promo pics. But I am in agreement with you...it's still too pricey for my tiny budget!

Lori Cates Hand said...

Yes, it's more dainty than I expected. In the promo photos it looks like the Milennium Falcon!

Laurence Shatkin said...

The real question is this: Would you want to curl up in bed with the Kindle? For me, that's the test of whether it can replace a book.

Lori Cates Hand said...

Well, I can see myself taking it on a plane, where economy of space is important and you can't get comfortable, anyway. But at home, I'm still envisioning reading a good old paper book.