Saturday, March 26, 2011

I've Got Gizmos and Gadgets Galore

For Christmas, I received a very generous American Express gift card from 75% of my bosses.

There was a moment when I thought about blowing it on buying an e-reader of some sort.

But I nixed the idea when I saw the e-book offerings out there. It seems to me that to really use an e-reader to their potential you have to either be a big fan of old books that are now free in the public domain, or recently published books. (I was looking at the library's offerings and this is what they mainly had.)

I couldn't seem to find things published between those two time periods. And sadly, that's what I like to read.

And besides, who doesn't like a nice good old fashioned-touch-the-pages-yourself book?

I worry that someday that paper books will become scant.

But then something occured to me that alleviated that worry.


Yes. Moochie.

Would you give a fancy schmancy e-reader to your baby/toddler?

Yeah probably not.

Well maybe, lord knows kids are already 21st century digital kids...

But if books die out, I think picture books will be the last to go.


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Blogger Discoknits said...

I'm in total agreement. I LOVE an actual book in my hands.
So what did you spend your card on instead?

7:29 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

I love books too much to ever get an e-reader!

Also - I remember my brothers and I having that exact same thing that Mooch has in his crib!

7:39 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Wow, you've got generous bosses! I hope you spent the gift card on something nice for yourself.

Seeing Moochie with a book makes me glad. I'm a big proponent of reading to kids/encouraging them to read. Both of my kids like to read, and I make sure to give them a book or two each for Christmas. They love the library and bookstores too.

I started reading to both of them every night at bedtime when they were babies, and even though my daughter is 13 now, we still read together every day(although she'd probably be embarrassed if she knew I told anyone that, ha, ha!).

I actually enjoy a lot of kids books more than adult books. My daughter and I have a few favorite authors/book series, and we keep an eye out for new books from them.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

iPad maybe? With the release of iPad 2,,, you can prob score a 1 at a steal.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Kelli said...

I love my Nook Color. It will never completely replace books for me, but there are other features that I like when I travel (like taking my photos and some videos and my knitting PDFs). The kids color books are so neat and many of them have "read to me" features.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like my E-Reader for the public domain books but right now I am reading "Mark Twain's Autobiogragphy" on it. I tried out that book at the ibrary first though to see if I wanted to spend $$$ for it...Yes! It is such a HUGE book that reading it was hard! Plus the price was less than $10.00!!! The E-version has the pictures and everything in it.

So WHAT DID you buy with your gift card?

So hug that cutie for me! And one for Chunky also!

Love, Mom

6:51 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

He's too cute!! So what did you get?

7:16 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

One of my daughters has a nook and loves it. The Philadelphia library (which you can join for 15 dollars per year) has a ton of books.

Gift certificates are fun. You get to dream and plan and decide what you really want.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I love my kindle, I can read lying down without fighting a book over my head and cramping up my hands holding it. I love magazines, newspapers and BOOKS though. I do not want to have a knitting book on an e-reader, that would not work for me.

I agree that picture books aren't going anywhere. My kids are still reading my parents books from the 30s!

5:50 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

My kids love Bears on Wheels.

I love real books: I really, really, REALLY love real books. I would call myself a book nut. I also own a Kindle. I own a Kindle because I am a fan of old, classic books that you can get for free! The reading experience is similar to reading a paper book and I used to read these books online...not fun.

For my 'in between' books I almost always go used. I don't know that I see paper books being completely done away with...I'd be sad if that happened. I mean, we still buy physical books as well, so the market is still there...I hope it persists.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

I have a kindle and love it. AMazon offers free books every week that are newly released to introduce you to some new authors. I haven't paid for a book since I used my birthday gift card and none were free domain books.

Though, I can never fully give up real books. I have shelves and shelves full. Especially craft books! Those do not translate well onto a kindle.

7:50 PM  

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