I have been wanting to write about my Kindle ever since I got it two years ago; the following is how the Kindle and I feel about each other.
I absolutely love my Kindle! I thought that as a bibliophile, I will hate any e-reader but I can’t find any fault with this quiet, light, patient, non-demanding, treasure chest of a library that goes from my purse to my bed table and travels everywhere with me from a crowded café in Paris to my quiet bed table.
It lets me highlight any passage in the book which I can print later; I don’t even have to open a dictionary to see the meaning of a word – my kindle whispers it in my eyes…My sneaky Kindle lets me read a sampler of the books I am interested in and only then gently pushes me into making money for Amazon…
Now it’s my Kindle’s turn to talk about me:
Hello, my name is Kindle Bezos and I am to tell you how my mommy, Michele loves me. I am a spoiled, pampered, well loved little gadget; Michele lost my brother but she bought me one day later. She loves me and my dad, Jeff!
*She loves it that I am not a battery vampire like her iPad .
*She learned my instructions quickly (I am easy) and she types on me with patience and she talks to me often in 3 languages!
*She loves it that I can communicate easily with the mothership and get her almost any book her little heart desires; she likes the good deals I broker for her and I am working on showing her my French side (no luck on any Persian titles showing up on my screen soon!)
*She takes care of me – I even have a great polka dotted cover! She downloads almost everything I suggest to her (Papa Jeff will be happy with me if I succeed to make her read the New York Times on me!)
I don’t like it when:
a) She highlights long passages (sometimes I want to shout so she stops before underlining the whole damned book).
b) She stops often for a word’s definition (I am expecting that from my foreign owners; they always exhaust me with the dictionary…)
All this said, nothing comes close to a real library which I had in a previous life:
Those old friends are sitting in a storage room in Los Angeles and waiting for me to go and rescue them!
I love my Kindle but in defense of books, watch this very funny clip here.
The best commercial for Kindle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hg7bYEZ6e8&NR=1