Friday, November 20, 2009

Dead Tree Versions

So, all you bloggers and lurkers out there, since you've embraced this new medium for communication, how do you feel about electronic books? I LOVE books and got the Amazon Kindle for Christmas last year. I wasn't sure if I would like reading books this way, but I love it. In fact, using it has changed the way I read. Now that I have an entire library of books at my fingertips, and in a very portable format, I find that I read 2 or 3 books at a time. It can be a little confusing, and sometimes I do have to go back and reread a page or two. But I love being able to read a heavy and serious book like What is the What and then take a break to read something lite and fluffy like Causing a Scene: Extraordinary Pranks in Ordinary Places with Improv Everywhere (shout out to PFHQ who just loves pranks!). 

I've recently discovered a new term that Kindlers like me are using to refer to books they are reading but not on their Kindle (as in the hardback and paperback variety ) - Dead Tree Versions.  I'm hoping that one day this term will make it into the dictionary (the electronic version of course). 

I'm still a fan of print - I mean after all I do get 3 newspapers delivered to my house each day. But I'm starting to embrace the electronic age more fully. Downloading and reading electronic books is easy, inexpensive, saves trees, reduces pollution and makes reading more available to a broader range of people. 

So if you have a reader on your gift list this year, consider the Kindle. It's NativeMom recommended!


Anonymous said...

Yep, and there's an app for that, too! Kindle has a handly little (did I mention FREE) iPhone application that lets you choose a book, sample it, then buy it -- all in about 2 minutes. Gotta love it! (I'm thinking the trees must love it, too...)

Dani said...

I would love to have this for a Christmas present! Great for disabled people too who can't get around real well.