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When your ereader goes poof!

So I learned that if funny little lines appear on your Kindle screen then it can’t be fixed by resetting the device. (Trust me, I tried at least 100 hundred times.) And that most likely I inflicted screen damage through too much pressure or extreme heat.

A very, very sad day for me.

I brought it on a weekend trip, hoping to sneak in some reading right before bed or early in the morning. I had just started a book and I was only two chapters into it! I desperately wanted another chapter of it, to get lost in the words before falling into a deep sleep despite the air leaking from my air mattress throughout the night.

Of course there was the two other books I was in the middle of reading too, and don’t forget the numerous freebies and samples that when I don’t have a lot of time, I love reading especially when I’m in the mood to discover new voices.

Recently, I’d been telling myself and others that I read half print and half ebooks. Well, I learned this weekend that I’ve been lying, because when I couldn’t access any of books on my Kindle…I felt bereft.

And now, back at home, waiting patiently for my new Kindle to arrive (which I did receive a discount for, in case you were wondering) (and which I couldn’t do without for too much longer) the sad truth hits that I’m totally addicted to reading in a way I wasn’t before. Read my Indelible post about it here.

So, lesson learned: bring print book with me on vacation too just in case my Kindle goes poof.

And yes, technically, my Kindle didn’t go poof because that would have required wisps of smoke and maybe a bit of magic. Details, details.

Do you read more print or ebooks?


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Ebooks, Kindles, and all that jazz

For the past couple years I’ve been sitting back, already mourning the loss of the print book in my hand while I press my nose to the pages and breathe in the scent of book. Maybe they can make a scratch and sniff Kindle.

On that note, my Kindle arrived today. It feels awkward in my hand. It’s weird to press a button to turn the page. How will I tell when I’m close to the middle of the book? I always pay attention to the middle to see how other writers deal with that saggy part. And that’s how I know a big twist or reveal is coming soon. Laura’s Kindle is charging right now, but I’ll be reading tonight. Too soon to tell my opinion on it yet.

I will purchase some books on Kindle. I will get some from the library. I’ll borrow some. I’ll buy some hard covers from Indie. I’ll buy paperbacks from Borders, and I’ll buy older used books on Amazon for like .01 cent. And 3.99 shipping. Because of all these options, I’ll end up buying and reading more than if I just bought from a bookstore.

Technology will mean more sales in the long run for certain books. And more sales equals more word of mouth.

So tonight, with the smell of plastic wafting in the air, I will press click and hopefully lose myself in the screen of a good e-reader device. (And that doesn’t sound nearly as good as lose myself in the pages of a book. For the record.)

What do you think about ebooks, Kindles, and all that jazz?

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