Fresh FIction Box Not To Miss

Sandi Shilhanek | E-Reader?

November 2, 2008

I think that sometime in the last week or so Oprah Winfrey was peeking at my list of topics I had written for this blog. One of my ideas was about e-readers. Now she’s made Amazon’s Kindle one of her favorite new things. Am I surprised? A little but only because it means she has now limited herself to purchasing books from Amazon, so I would have thought she’d like the Sony e-reader instead.

I have a Kindle and have had it for about seven months now. Yes, the downside is if I want an electronic book I have to order it from Amazon, but that doesn’t bother me. It also doesn’t have the backlight feature that many people like, but I’m typically in bed and asleep well before my husband, so the lack of a backlight doesn’t bother me.

I had seriously considered the Sony e-reader and well as another e-reader that many of my friends prefer, the E-Bookwise. However, the Sony wasn’t compatible with my MAC, so that eliminated that. Then I decided to get smart and compare the book prices between the E-Bookwise and the Kindle.

That comparison helped to cinch my decision. I would be able to save more with the Kindle and be able to buy books from anywhere without the need of a computer. For a book fanatic what could be better?

How about you? Are you thinking of getting an E-Reader? Have you done a lot of research? Have you discovered some up and coming reader that I’m unaware of, and anxiously awaiting its release? Do you think that e-readers will replace paper books? If you have a reader or intend to ask for one for the upcoming holidays will you convert your paper books to ebooks?

As for me, I won’t be entirely an ebook reader as I do have many “real” books still remaining unread on my shelves. However, as I add to that collection I’m going “green” whenever possible and getting a Kindle book instead of the paper version.

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