1. I doubt I will ever own a Kindle. Another plastic-covered gadget that will eventually end up in a landfill. I may be a dinosaur, but for my money you can’t beat the feel of a book in your hands. I’ll even spring for hardcovers on occasion.

    I don’t know much about Lulu, but have you looked into Booklocker.com to publish your book? They seem to have a pretty good deal compared other POD publishers.

  2. @PQ: yeah, they do seem cool. I might hold out for the next gen. But who knows?

    @Digital Dame: I like how dichotomous your name (digital) is with your perspective (which seems a bit like a Luddite, no offense intended); didn’t Fitzgerald say genius is being able to hold two contrasting points of view simultaneously? That said, I’m not sure about the your second sentence; I think too many people make the mistake that the success of the Kindle would mean the death of books, or that a plastic gadget and screen replaces a hardcover–I just don’t think that’s the argument. I own lots of books I’d never get rid of, because I do like the feel of books in my hands, but that’s not to say I wouldn’t like the option of either and the use of both. No one’s asking anyone to choose between Kindle and a book, after all.

    And I have not, but I’ll have to now. Thanks for the pointer.

  3. Ha, never thought of myself as having Luddite tendencies, but I guess it’s true in this case. I think I’m just maxed out on gizmos and gadgets and things that click and whirr and buzz.

    The dichotomy of my online moniker was in fact deliberate. I have a Jane Austen Action figure (no joke) sitting in front of my computer screen at home and the incongruity of it struck me, in a humorous way.


    What is a Kindle? I could guess or google it, but I won’t. So you can either tell me, not tell me, or lie to me.

  5. gothamgirl,

    Kindle is an electronic text reader made and sold by Amazon. You can download books to it and read them on the Kindle. If you go to Amazon’s homepage (Amazon.com) the ad for it is top center, you can’t miss it.

    I haven’t really looked into them too hard, not really looking for something else that needs batteries, but if the Kindle should fail, I wonder if you get a free pass to re-download anything you may have already downloaded? Assuming of course you get a new Kindle.

  6. @Digital: yes. Whenever you download via Whispernet, Amazon archives it, so you you never lose it. So you don’t actually have to re-download everything; it saves it all for you.

    You also get an e-mail address to which you can send .doc, .pdf, and .html files, which Amazon will then convert for sending to your Kindle for a nominal fee (a dime, if I’m not mistaken).


    @Digital Dame, Will:

    Darn. I was hoping for a really ridiculously untrue. Like Kindle is a robot on amazon that beats the crap out of people if they send your package late. You guys DID have permission to lie to me. Thanks for the truth though. Now I know and knowing is half the battle.

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