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Becky Pena | A week on my own with a successful Kindle in my hands

July 25, 2010
Becky Pena

Our first Intern

It’s that time of year again. Stress levels are getting higher, interviews are being scheduled, road trip preparations are hectic, and yes, the intern has a whole lot more work to do. Haha, not that I’m complaining, just surprised about all the work that goes into preparing and attending an RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference for an online company like But, you know what this means? While the staff is off having fun at Disney I get to sleep in, work from home, and dance in my living room in between breaks. It’s going to be a blast.

I am writing today’s blog because Sandi is busy on that big road trip I mentioned above. I believe everyone left early this morning around 6am. Crazy; but then again, the early bird gets the worm. I’m just glad I get to sleep in.

Working from home actually isn’t so bad. So far, I just have to make sure I’m not too distracted. Motivation definitely dwindles when the TV happens to be in the same room as me. It’s a good challenge, one that will help my future ventures at owning my own company.

Yesterday was my first official “work from home” day. How many times did I get distracted you ask? More than you can count. During my third “newspaper break” I came across an interesting article in the New York Times. Did anyone happen to read the article yesterday? Apparently Amazon has “sold 143 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover books” including those hardcover books that don’t have a kindle edition. As a kindle lover this really didn’t surprise me; but, ever since I got this job, I work with printed books on a daily basis. I really hope printed books don’t go extinct. I know I’m being dramatic but my imagination runs wild when I try to imagine thirty years into my future. What do you think; will print books ever be in vogue again?

Anyways, the stats Amazon recorded are amazing! I don’t know why so many publishers were surprised or against this new wave. E-books are easier for us. Readers deserve an easier process to read and buy books, something better than the normal process of driving to the nearby store to get one. We Americans don’t really like to wait. I know I don’t. If only things like pregnancy could be this quick.

I myself own a Kindle 2. Her name is Maggie and she happens to be my baby. She was born in March and I quickly snatched her up. She was actually the first big spend I have ever made in my life. I felt so special and quite the adult. I now look back and laugh. If I had waited another few months I would never have had to pay the price I did; but, it was worth it! I so totally advertised for Amazon. I was an unofficial spokesperson on campus at UNT and I have never looked back. Shocker.

Now, the nook, the iPad, and the Sony reader are giving the Kindle a run for its money. I’ve used them all and just love this new virtual world, technology rocks. Are you a fan of the e-reader? If so, which one do you prefer?

In closing, I wish the Fresh Fiction staff a safe and wonderful journey to the land of Florida. I bet they’re reading this and wishing I would get back to work. LOL you should all have a wonderful Sunday and take a look at those e-readers I mentioned. One day everyone will own one.


Rebecca Pena


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