How do I get into these things? Today at around noon, a TV producer and her camera crew are arriving at my home to interview me about my Kindle. The producer is in my book group and last week sent out an email asking if anyone loved their electronic reader. I sent her back a friendly note saying that I didn't love it, but on balance liked it, and before I knew it, had agreed to go on television to discuss it.
I happen to know this woman doesn't like Kindles at all - she's already gone on in book group about the joys of the heft and feel of paper - so I already feel defensive.
Here's the thing: I love to read. Books, newspapers, magazines, you name it. I don't feel strongly about how the content is delivered. I read regular hardcovers. I read paper backs. I read electronic books. I listen to books on tape and on cds. To me, the point is the book, not the vehicle of delivery. Different modes work best at different times.
Downsides of the Kindle: you can't loan your books to others once you've finished them. You have to remember to charge it ever so often. It's harder - though not impossible - to peak ahead and find out what's coming.
Upside of the Kindle: I am definitely buying more books, some impulsively. I love the "preview" feature, where I can get a free segment - usually the introduction - to get an idea of whether or not I want it. New hardcovers are $9.99. It's small and if I'm going on a long trip, everything is on it. I can even download the NYT if I don't want to be toting multiple print sections around.
Those are my thoughts. And I figured I was done with preparing, until My Daughter called last night and asked what I was wearing and what I was doing with hair and make-up. Well, I washed my hair. I told her I was going to wear jeans and a hoodie. She tells me this is unacceptable. So I don't know what I'm wearing. And if you think I look disheveled (trust me, I do) you should see the house.
What was I thinking?