Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Resistance is futile

I didn’t wanna do it. Really. I wannit to resist, but the temptation was too big for me.

That’s right. I went and bought myself a Kindle.KS-slate-01-lg._V401030526_

It just arrived on Friday, so I haven’t had much of a chance to play with it yet (short weekend getaway to the Sierra foothills), but from what I can tell so far I think I’m going to like this little sumbitch.

I suspect I’m going to be buying a lot of ebooks by my self-published compadres out there…

I’ve been using a Nook for three years now. It’s been a fine way to introduce myself to ebooks, and surprisingly it has given me an excuse to buy more books. I used to be a much more frequent patron of the library, but since the Nook came along I indulge in instant gratification constantly. Spot a positive review of something I’ve been hesitating on? Buy now! Recall a fond novel I’d lost or given away? Buy now! Want to read something everyone you know is reading? Buy. Now.

But the Nook software isn’t nearly as efficient as the Kindle’s, far as I can tell. The Kindle responds quickly to pushing its teeny buttons. The pages flip immediately. The dictionary is much easier to use. Highlighting and bookmarking are a breeze compared to the Nook, and it looks like battery life will be much better too.

Damn you, Jeff Bezos! Haven’t I given you enough money yet?


PS — In other news, I am flattered to have been nominated for a Liebster Award by two bloggers in two days: first by S.K. Nicholls and then by 1WriteWay. I’m still getting my ducks into the corral this week, so it’ll take me a while to jump the hoops, but sincere thanks to both nominators.

Also, I noticed that 100 WordPress users are now following What The Hell, and with Twitterers and Facebookers the audience is over 200. Much gratitude to all!

11 comments on “Resistance is futile

  1. Andra Watkins
    June 17, 2013

    Since I started reading on my iPad, I buy a lot of books, too.

    • Kevin Brennan
      June 17, 2013

      I do kind of miss the accumulation of real books on the shelf, though. And the ease of letting someone borrow a book. Suppose we’ll get used to that…

  2. lionaroundwriting
    June 17, 2013

    I cant give up books but I love that zero trees are felled for a digi-book. I will get one one day!

    • Kevin Brennan
      June 17, 2013

      Someone should do a carbon footprint comparison. All the silicon n’ stuff in these machines — can’t be completely clean, can it? And thanks for coming by!

      • lionaroundwriting
        June 18, 2013

        That’s true. The direct comparison between all that manufacturing and felling trees is probably worse in some respects – in the long run I like the idea that trees will be ‘saved’ so to speak but there’s no clean way to do anything it seems.

  3. 1WriteWay
    June 17, 2013

    Unfortunately, ebook readers do produce their own kind of toxic waste so they are not a greener way of reading. And then there’s people like me who have multiple readers and still buy print books every weekend anyway ;). I just love the convenience, the idea of carrying my library with me wherever I go. Thanks for making the comparison between the Kindle and the Nook. I’m thinking of upgrading my Kindle but wondered how the Nook would compare. Now I know 🙂

  4. Kevin Brennan
    June 17, 2013

    You might want to check out a newer Nook than mine, though. Mine’s a first-generation, so there could have been improvements. I believe Nooks are still cheaper than equivalent Kindles. Either way, though, it is nice having a passel of books with you wherever you go!

  5. francisguenette
    June 17, 2013

    Things I love about my Kindle – speed, I live in an isolated area and basically have the biggest bookstore of all at my fingertips; the ability to branch out in my reading to new authors and genres I’ve never read before (well worth the risk for 3.99 and most of the time less); taking a library with me wherever I go. I’ve never used anything but the Kindle so can’t judge how other e-readers might be. I’m just a fan, can’t describe it any other way.

    • Kevin Brennan
      June 18, 2013

      Yes to all of those points. There’s an interesting irony in that the ebook is helping to put bookstores out of business, yet they allow people who don’t live near a bookstore to buy any book they want. Sort of a snake eating its tail situation.

      By the way, I’m greenly envious of your home on the lake! We’re aiming to build something in the country too one day…

  6. tommiaw
    June 18, 2013

    Congrats on the nominations!

    As for the e-reader, true, there’s a wider means of acquiring good reads. The only worry-point would be holding a powerless one without means of recharging (smile).

    • Kevin Brennan
      June 18, 2013

      Right. Add it to the electrical queue: phone, pad, umpteen batteries. When’s a solar e-reader coming along?

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