“Honey,” Wonder Woman asked, “do you want me to pack your shaver?”
“Hmm? … Yeah,” I said, half looking up from the books in my hand. As she continued to pack the essentials for my business trip to Boston: toothbrush, underwear, socks, etc., I was stuck on deciding whether to pack an unread, hardcover copy of American Shaolin, which belongs to my brother-in-law, along with the almost read copy of Emotional Intelligence, on top of another, yet-unread-selection of mine, The Audacity of Hope. The decision of what book to carry, how many books to carry, and whether I would have time to even read them all on the 4-hour train ride and between sessions at the Associated Criminal Justice Sciences conference had me baffled. I wished I could take them all, but the time crunch and heavy carry-on factor militated against that. Then there was the reasonableness factor: this would be my first two-days away since the Gilad was born 2-months ago and a prime opportunity to get more work done on the third draft of my novel (as well as blog). The ability to take all three with me and decide when the time came would have been key,but alas, I have no iPhone, Kindle, or Sony reader. What is a hungry bookworm like myself to do?
Ever since the Kindle first came out I have been intrigued. The idea of an e-Reader that is easy on the eyes, pretty portable, and can be updated with new titles via wireless online has it’s appeal. But the system looks kind of clunky, does not seem to support that much functionality, and it’s another device to lug around along with everything else (see laptop, phone, wallet, car keys, etc.). Also, the $10 per book, while a nice discount from retail titles, turned me off a bit (I am not a Kindle expert, but I believe it is a closed system, with no ability to read non-Amazon approved PDF or e-Content – someone correct me if I am wrong).
While in Boston, I checked out the Sony e-Reader. Again, the issue here is another device I have to lug around with all my other petloch (Yiddush for stuff). Also, Sony has it’s own version of the Amazon bookstore where you pay for their titles. The guy at the Sony store didn’t seem to know if it could read regular PDF files also, although I hope for $400 it can match the capabilities of my first laptop back in 1999 (a 500MB Compaq). Regardless, the design of the device, a thin sheet about the sice of a medium paperback seemed okay, but the lack of touch-based commands (it boasts page turning and a few others, but still interfaces with a lot of buttons) did not win me over.
Then there is the crown jewel of portable devices. That single piece of tech that I have wanted ever since I first saw it demoed two years ago: the iPhone. Now a word about phones in our family: both Wonder Woman and I have cheap, $10 AT&T go phones that we bought after getting frustrated with our Motorolla Razors over two years ago (we were still under contract and did not have an upgrade option that looked worth it). We learned from an store clerk at the AT&T store (who we shall just call Earnest), that you could remove the sim card from the Razor, pop it into a $10 Go Phone and wait for the contract to expire so we could get a good deal on new phones. Taking Earnest’s advice we went over to Walmart, picked up our junky phones, and they have lasted ever since. Now, as we stand on the brink of getting new contracts, my thoughts turn back to the excaliber (the iPhone).
In this video, I see all my dreams realized. Watch and convince me why I would ever need another e-reading device besides an iPhone with the Kindle app …
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