Kindle Catches Fire

Kindle Fire

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Amazon has finally announced it’s joining the tablet race with the color, touch-screen kindle fire. Designed to take on the iPad, it’s smaller and cheaper. And even though there’s still a lot of questions about it and it’s not available until November, the kindle fire is already a top seller on Amazon.

As I look at my “old” e-ink kindle, I’m finding I relate to those clinging to paper books much better.

I love my old kindle. Its battery lasts forever, and I can read it almost anywhere, no matter the light. I don’t surf the web on it, don’t read email, and don’t play games. But now that everyone has color tablets out, I have a feeling my black-and-white friend will end up as a speedbump on the electronic highway.

Are all our gadgets racing to the same end? I can read books on my phone, I can make phone calls on my computer, I can surf the web on my TV, and I can watch movies on my e-reader. Is it just me, or are all these things pretty much the same?

Makes me want to turn off the electricity and read a book. A paper book.

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5 responses to “Kindle Catches Fire

  1. I agree, I have an unhealthy attachment to my old Kindle too. I actually appreciate that I CAN’T websurf with it — it means I’m reading *The Book Thief* instead of scrolling through Gawker.

  2. Robin DeJarnett

    Yup, we’re always shaking, and it gets harder and faster every day (that’s what she said!). It’s hard to keep up with all the changes. Eventually we’ll probably just be able to “plug in” like Neo in the Matrix does.

    Whether paper or electronic, for me it’s the escape that matters most. When I read, I don’t want to be interrupted by a “you’ve got mail” chime or a “can you chat now?” pop up. I’m the type who will sit and either read the book straight through, or devote a couple hours at a time to it. That’s what makes reading special for me – I have to devote all my attention to it. Adding all these bells and whistles to e-readers defeats that for me.

  3. The shaking continues, Nicki. šŸ˜‰ This is a timely post for me because I’m considering upgrading from my old Nook to an iPad. But do I want to do that? Hmm.

  4. Cherie Colyer

    I love this post. One of the reasons I prefer paper books is because I’m on a computer all day. The last thing I want to do is stare at another screen to read a book.

  5. I think half the reason I don’t jump on the latest technology is because I want to see how things are going to shake out. But things don’t ever stop shaking do they?

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