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There was a comment in the Kindle forum on Amazon.com about how this guy doesn't want a Kindle because he might drop it in the tub and ruin it. Pretty lame reason not to want one, but haters find all sorts of reasons to justify their hate, I find. Of course, there are always workarounds...

My ingenious high-tech solution? A quart-size Ziploc baggie. What a shame this technology is beyond the hoi-polloi on the Amazon forums. (Yes, I know it won't work under full-submersion. But it'll certainly protect from dips on the closed end and from the occasional random splash.)

Kindle in a baggie!

(I am amused that the screen saver is of Jules Verne.)

i feel: amused amused

12 trips or shoot the rapids
alphaggek From: alphaggek Date: December 11th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC) (base camp)
"The ultimate in low-tech"

Can you name the movie that quote is from? :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 11th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC) (base camp)
Not really, but my spidey sense says The Fifth Element?
ladymorgaine From: ladymorgaine Date: December 11th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC) (base camp)
HAH! Before I even got to your solution, I'm thinking ziploc.

I got one of those cheapie hand-held video games when they first came out. I was shamefully instantly addicted. I took it in the tub with me, safely encased in ziploc.

Now if only I can figure out how to do that with books with pages. Hrm.

As far as dork there, how is that any reason to not get one? Besides the genius ziploc solution, there are all kinds of things one shouldn't take in the tub with them. Larger volume paper books included. Hair dryers. Most cats. Laptops. Large ham sammiches. But I've never heard of anyone not getting any one of those just because it might fall in the tub. :P

Edited at 2007-12-11 04:54 am (UTC)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 11th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC) (base camp)
A lot of people are against them because they put a lot of emphasis on the tactile experience of reading a book, and they think that reading an ebook diminishes that. Me, I put a lot more emphasis on the words offered, not the method of the offering.
ladymorgaine From: ladymorgaine Date: December 11th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I like books too, my tiny house is FULL of them. But after a quick look at this product, I could easily be sold on it.
1) It's not like I'd have to give up my books. Just try and take them from me.
2) I've avoided ebooks on the computer because I can't handle the eye strain and I like to read in weird places. (bed, bus, airplane, doctors offices) Looks like they've solved that problem.
3) I HATE having to wait for a new release to come out in paperback, but hard cover books are so much more expensive *and* heavy, so I often end up waiting.
4) Looks like it stores lots of titles. Yay words!
5) Instant gratification without a trip to the bookstore.
6) Newspapers without the waste and hassle of recycling them! I quit getting the paper years ago because they're a pain in the ass to read, and when I'd get busy, they'd just pile up unread until they went into the recycle bin. Such a waste.
7) I don't even have a bathtub. ;)

But of course I'm preaching to the choir here. The only things keeping me from ordering one now is that they're out of stock, my spendable cash is going towards giftmas, and I might wait to see if the price goes down a bit in the next year or so.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 12th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC) (base camp)
There will always be paper books that I want/need -- mostly ones with illustrations or research books that just won't come out in paperback. For general fiction, though, I don't think it can be beat.

The eyestrain is greatly reduced compared to a laptop/computer screen, plus you can change font sizes. Since you're not changing the size of a PDF, you don't lose sharpness. Plus it only weighs 10.3 ounces; you hardly notice it. The first Rocket E-Book weighed a whopping 22 oz (though that was a long time ago).

It stores around 200 titles, plus you can add an SD card for additional memory. I have 60 files on my Kindle (mostly books, but also sample chapters), and they take up a whole 14.2 mb of memory. The horror.

Gotta be careful of the instant gratification thing -- it can be way too easy to spend money. Unless I'm really sure it's a book I want (like I've been planing to buy it for a while), I make myself download the free sample chapter first. It really does help you decide if it's worth the trouble.

That being said, the convenience of buying a book on the fly is undeniable. I love it. Love it love it love it.
ladymorgaine From: ladymorgaine Date: December 12th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC) (base camp)
When it comes to fiction, I pretty much know what I want before I get it. When I find an author I like, I'll read everything they write. (with the exception of Robert Jordan, I won't read any more of that damn Wheel of Time series until he's finished or dead.) If it's a series, I really like to read them in order if they're all out, and get antsy if I have to wait a day or two in between books. I keep anthologies of short stories on hand for such emergencies.

I might even *save* money, because I'll go to the bookstore for one book, but knowing it will be awhile before I get back, I'll often buy 2 or 3 more.

Worse, I'll go to Bookmans (used bookstore) hoping for the title I want, and end up spending $30 on everything but the book I was looking for. I only impulse buy when it's cheapcheap.

One downside I can see is that my mom and I tend to swap books a lot, since we have the same taste in fiction. We might have to share custody. I mentioned the gadget to her today, and she was also intrigued.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 12th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC) (base camp)
You can load book content on up to six units, as long as they're all on the same Amazon account.

Also, Robert Jordan died in September. It looks like the series will be finished by another writer, but it looks to be HUGE. Have fun... I gave up when I realized he was writing a saga in real time. I think he must have gotten paid by the pound.
ladymorgaine From: ladymorgaine Date: December 12th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC) (base camp)
Wow, I hadn't heard he died. Huh. I sort of figured he bit off more than he could chew and wouldn't survive to finish it, but that's still too bad. I enjoyed the first three, but couldn't follow the rest with a couple years in between books. Not like I could just reread the earlier books each time like I tend to do with other series. I read too much too fast to keep individual characters and plot lines in my head that long.

It's kinda funny that... I had just finished reading ALL of Darkover (that was out at the time) and my mom told me she'd just picked up this new *trilogy*. I thought a trilogy would be a nice break in between long series, little did I know he wasn't anywhere near done. That was what, 1992?

I'm okay with waiting for someone else to finish it, especially if it is going to be huge. I have Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and half a dozen others to get to keeping me busy in the meantime.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 12th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC) (base camp)
I LOVE Terry Pratchett. So does Wolfie. Of course, he reads my Laurell K. Hamilton books sometimes, too... usually when he's in the mood to read something smutty.
ladymorgaine From: ladymorgaine Date: December 12th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC) (base camp)
I confess I'm just now embarking on the world of Pratchett after hearing wonderful things about him for some time.

I happened to catch the US screening of Hogfather on tv last month, having no idea what it was when I was channel surfing, and love love loved it. I'm very excited to start reading him.

Been meaning to pick up Hamilton's books too; if I'm gonna read smut, it might as well be spooky and weird. See, there just aren't enough hours in a day.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 12th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC) (base camp)
I TiVo'd it, and when I dumped it to my laptop, it looked all weird. That's okay, it'll be waiting for me when I get home... and in the meantime, I have the book on my Kindle. (See how I brought that full-circle? Nifty, no?)
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