Thursday, November 29, 2007

A productive day

Hey, I feel pretty good about today. I feel like I got a lot done, including three loads of laundry, vacuuming (even the stairs down to the basement!), getting the bird feeders filled, etc. I just made my second trip out to get the mail, but still nothing--I think our carrier is coming later now. Criminy, it's cold out! It finally got above freezing, but the wind is very brisk, so it's quite nippy. It feels pretty good inside.

Later

Have you been reading about Kindle? (By the way, I don't think the link up there works, but if you go to Amazon, it's right there on the front page.) My sister Di was telling me about it at Thanksgiving. In some ways, it's sounds pretty cool:

Product Overview

Revolutionary electronic-paper display provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper.

Simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing.

Wireless connectivity enables you to shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle—whether you’re in the back of a taxi, at the airport, or in bed.

Buy a book and it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute.

More than 90,000 books available, including 100 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers.

New York Times® Best Sellers and all New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.

Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces.

Holds over 200 titles.

Long battery life. Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Fully recharges in 2 hours.

No monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments—we take care of the wireless delivery so you can simply click, buy, and read.

Includes free wireless access to the planet's most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia—Wikipedia.org.

Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.

I can see using this if you travel a lot. Wow, would that be handy, or what? But as someone who loves books, I'm not sure something like this can ever replace sitting down and holding a book in my hands and turning the pages.

That being said, I think this is an amazing thing. If they continue developing the technology and storage, you could have your entire library on the thing. However, in the event of a global holocaust, there won't be any way to charge the thing, unless they eventually come up with a solar cell or something. But then what if it's nuclear winter, and you don't see the sun for decades? A nuclear power source, perhaps? And how will anyone write a story about an ancient library and jeez, I'm stuck in science fiction land!

There's just something in me that balks at an electronic library. It would be very handy in some ways, but there's just something sacred about books.

 

2 comments:

buckoclown said...

I like to read while I work out, I would probably electrocute myself if I "kindled" :o)

luvrte66 said...

Ha!