Well I got the toy! My kids were quite patient (as much as could be expected) while I dithered over whether I should get it and what colour and what accessories. In the end I just got the reader since M advised me to make my own cover for it.
I was forever on the phone waiting to get through to tech support to set it up, but it’s finally done and I downloaded The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley.
I’ve been sitting in front of a screen for 3 hours, figuring out how to set it up, download a book, and borrow one from the library. Oh, I guess I could have been reading for 3 hours! Hmmm (L pauses for thought.)
Here’s the thing. This is an electronic device and we all know what happens with and to those. But I’m willing to put up with crap from my computer because writing on it is much different than using a typewriter, and communicating with people via email, FB, blogs, and so on is much different than snail mail. Googling everything from recipes to history is better than waiting to go to the library to get answers.
But a book is a book. And if my Kobo craps out, I’ll read paper. I’ll read paper books anyway, the ereader supplements them.
So for all the hype, I’d say this is a new toy that has yet to prove itself. For ereaders to endure, they’ll need to avoid the annoyance factor that makes people want to throw their computers at the wall. Otherwise they’ll be next year’s paper weight. And now I’m going to bed.
Tomorrow I think I’ll sew, read and skate.