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.

4 comments:

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.