August 7, 2011

Birthday presents

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My family gave me money for my birthday so that I could buy myself something nice. I decided to get myself an e-reader. The only problem is, I don’t know which one.

What do you think?

The iPad is versatile, I like the reading experience on it and the backlit screen doesn’t bug me. I’d use it for more than just reading, but I’m not sure if I’d use it for $350 worth more, if you know what I mean?

The Kindle is smaller. It might fit in my pocket, it’s lithe and it has a nicely set up one-click buy thing. But it has the annoying keyboard and I can’t read in bed with the lights off. It’s locked to the Amazon bookstore and it’s just an e-reader, not a tablet. Besides, Amazon is rumored to release the Kindle touchscreen in a month or two, so buying a Kindle now would not be optimal.

Should I save my money and wait a month or two for the new Kindle? Should I buy the iPad knowing it’s very expensive (but I want it very much)?
Or should I buy the Kindle now and see if I don’t just enjoy it right away?



  1. Hi! I’ve been asking the same question. I’m not sure I like the iPad just to use as an eReader. I’m tempted by the Kindle, but like you say I want to wait and see what this new one is all about. Also I heard a rumour a cheaper Kindle was coming out, one with adverts on the main menu, not the actual ebooks themselves. So I guess it’s a waiting game at the moment.

    Comment by Dave "Noobcake" Farmer — August 7, 2011 @ 12:48 am | Reply

    • I think you might be right about waiting. Perhaps the new kindle is kickass, and even if it isn’t, it will lower the price of the normal kindle.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 7, 2011 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

  2. As a former iPad owner I’d say an iPad. And you probably don’t need 3G, WiFi does the trick 90% of the time.

    Comment by Gaute — August 7, 2011 @ 1:54 am | Reply

    • Ba.D. got his iPad principally as an e-reader, but he’s ended up using it as his primary computing device. Obviously you and Ba.D. share a great number of dissimilarities, but there’s a chance you’ll find your money’s worth in the extra functionality. (Replying to Gaute since I suppose I’m voting with him here!)

      Comment by Deborah the Closet Monster — August 7, 2011 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

      • Hm, I really want the ipad, but I’m not sure if it’s rational. My significant other is going to lend me his for a week so I’ll see if I actually use it enough to justify the extra expense. What does he use it as? He actually writes on it?

        Comment by nascentnovelist — August 7, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    • Why the former iPad owner then?

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 7, 2011 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

  3. Definitely, Kindle!

    My girlfriend got me one for my birthday, and I love it! I’ve been reading a lot more now.

    Some of the things I like about it:

    – It’s eInk and the screen’s “texture” is a lot easier on the eyes (no glare and it looks like paper)
    – Nothing distracting you from reading (i.e. apps like FaceBook, Twitter etc. on the iPad)
    – The device is very reasonably priced (more money for books), and so are the Kindle eBooks, and it’s easy to buy new books
    – The battery life is insanely long compared to tablets like the iPad (about two months, even with extensive use)
    – You can manage the device like a regular USB stick and add your own PDF’s, text files etc.
    – It’s very easy and nonintrusive to highlight things and make notes in the books
    – They have free apps for iPhone, Android, Windows and Mac OS X, so you can read your Kindle books there as well
    – is packed with free “public domain classics,” research papers and other goodies

    Some things that I don’t like about the Kindle (mostly annoyances):

    – It doesn’t have a lit screen so you might need a reading light (also a good thing; looks like paper)
    – The eInk makes the screen “flash” for a second when you switch pages (all eInk readers do this, but not the tablets like iPad)
    – You can’t manually reset the “furthest read page” (you can to contact Amazon support to do this)
    – It’s not very good for programming books because of the way it formats the code example text
    – It has some problems with PDF’s sometimes, if they contain a lot of images etc. (formatting issues)

    I’ve hear some bad things about the “DX” (large version), so I’d recommend the normal version without 3G (don’t need it, and it uses more battery).

    Cheers! 🙂

    Comment by Leif — August 7, 2011 @ 11:35 am | Reply

    • Hm, I really like the reading experience on the iPad though. (But not the price tag).

      Interesting point about battery life. And thanks for the input!

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 7, 2011 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

      • Yeah, the battery time is awesome! Thing about eInk is that the device only needs to use battery juice when the screen needs to be updated (i.e. for the fraction of a second when you “turn the page”), and for things like Wi-Fi (which I only enable when I want to sync or download new books). Tablets need a lot more battery to run processes and continuously render stuff to the screen 🙂

        Comment by Leif — August 8, 2011 @ 6:54 am

  4. I have the big kindle, and it’s very very good. I love the built in dictionary that you can use to look up words as you read in foreign languages, and I love how well it handles complicated pdf’s. The auto greyscaling of images is also easy on the eyes.

    The battery lasts for half a decade. Or: A week if you read for many hours a day.

    Comment by martheglad — August 8, 2011 @ 5:23 am | Reply

    • Cool. I think the kindle is winning the race here. Only problem is that means I’ll have to wait for the post-new-release-price-drop. 😦 but I guess birthday money ain’t going nowhere.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 8, 2011 @ 10:34 am | Reply

  5. As a bit of a technophobe who likes to read her books in book form (I am so behind the times) I can’t offer any advice. The iPad’s are very pretty though…

    Comment by mothersalwaysright — August 9, 2011 @ 9:52 am | Reply

    • I kinda do too. But I like the idea of having a library at my fingertips (and not having to store all my books in boxes). My heart is telling me iPad, but my head is telling me Kindle.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 9, 2011 @ 11:53 am | Reply

  6. Happy Birthday Martine. What about checking KOBO at Indigo Book Store in Montreal? They promote it here in Toronto. Best wishes.

    Comment by giora — August 11, 2011 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

    • Thanks! I’m scared of ending up buying a small brand that’ll get discontinued fast though. I once had a Zune. Not saying KOBO is the same, just saying that I’ve heard little of it, so I’m not sure if I’d want to go with it.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 11, 2011 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

  7. You might be right. Indigo Book Store posted big losses for the last quarter. They might be be following the future of Borders, and thn KOBO will be closed.
    I was curious to read about your writing and read your query from June 13. I’m not famiiar with Urban Fantasy novels, so didn’t understand the terms. I found on the intrnet what is “Fae Blood” but didn’t find what are “Shortcuts”. But I assume that a literary agent for urban fantasy understands this terms. You got great title “A promise of violence”, the right number of words, and an interesting story ..”Allie is caught up in a plot to overthrow the qun of all Fae and change the world forever.” But I find the query complex to read. Maybe your curret query is simpler. I sent my query to many literary agents with no luck so far, so I know that the query has to be perfect. Best wishes.

    Comment by giora — August 12, 2011 @ 4:35 am | Reply

    • Thanks for reading the query. I’ve completely revamped it, because of the same thing you mentioned. It was confusing and it didn’t really tell enough, you know? Considering posting a new version here in case any literary agent stumbles over it, but since I’m still not perfectly happy with it, I don’t want to spam my readers with query letters, you know?

      What kind of stories do you write?

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 12, 2011 @ 8:27 am | Reply

  8. Hi Martine, I see that you already have a better query. I hope that you already send it to literary agents, not waiting for them to visit your blog. You don’t spam you readers, if you post your query like every 3 months asking for comments. I wrote only one novel set in China, and don’t plan to write anymore untill it will get published. My novel is about love and adventure mostly in China and the rest in the United States. I put it in the category of commerical women’s fiction.

    Comment by giora — August 12, 2011 @ 10:38 am | Reply

    • Interesting. I checked out your blog where you write more about it. Cool that you get it translated to Chinese as well.

      I’m currently on a querying break because I have some revisions I want to do to the main story and I’ve spent this summer working on a novella (summer school for the win), but no, I’m not waiting for them to discover my blog, even though it would be pretty epic if they did.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 12, 2011 @ 10:40 am | Reply

  9. I would go for the iPad. Yes, it is more expensive, but you can use it to do more as well. And play games.

    I was going to buy an iPad, but then I got a new Android phone, and decided I didn’t need it anyways (I don’t really read all that much, and like to keep my consumption down).

    Comment by Guri — August 19, 2011 @ 3:44 am | Reply

    • I did. I’m gonna review it on my blog, but spoiler: I love it! 😀

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 19, 2011 @ 8:36 am | Reply

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