My life on Kindle goes like this…
I first was introduced to “THE KINDLE” on Oprah. She loved and, of course, had to do an entire show on it. I was sold–it looked like honest-to-God magic. The key to the city. The world of literature in the palm on your hand. I was all over that. I charged downstairs and said:
Me:”Mark, honey, Oprah was just talking about this Amazon Kindle thing. You read books on it. It’s very, very cool. I love to read, I think I should buy one,”….
Mark: “How much is it?”….
Me: “Only $399.99″….Mark: “::laughing:: You could just buy a lot of books for $400.00″…
But, the Kindle haunted me. I still read, all the time, but it was different… I couldn’t help but to just picture myself like the ad…with the ergonomically (read: clunky) designed Kindle cradled in my hands.
Flash forward to Christmas, of the same year, talking to my Mother-In-Law:
Me: “Mom, have you seen this Kindle thing?”
MIL: “Oh, yes, I almost bought you one…but I didn’t know if you’d like it”
Me: “Oh my God! I have been dying for one since I saw Oprah”
MIL: “You should get one…MARK!”
Mark: “Ya, Mom?”
MIL: “Ashley want’s a Kindle”
Mark: “What’s a Kindle”
::insert a long conversation about the Kindle the pro’s and price point::
Mark: “Oh, yeah, okay, order one if you want”
Me: jumping, hugging, kissing, ordering
Long story short…I ended up with a Kindle 2 after months upon months of waiting. It has, in every single way, revolutionized my reading. I moved on to the Kindle 3 when it was announced…and yes, I have pre-ordered the Kindle 4 and the Fire.
Because Kindle inspired me. It, kindled me. And for that, I will upgrade and keep promoting Amazon until my dying breath, it means that much to me.
Look at it like this:
If this was 2003, and I was sitting here trying to get published without a nibble of interest from The Gatekeepers, I’d be wallowing–big pity party for one, please. All kidding and cute phrasing aside…I’d be miserable, looking at this huge book I wrote thinking no one will ever read this, what did I do?!?!…but, thankyouverymuch, this is 2011, and we have “THE KINDLE” (not to overshadow the Nook, or Sony or Kobo or iRiver).
It’s true, of course, I could have self pub’d in 2003…ran a few to Indie book stores and hoped for smoke (you know: where there’s smoke, there is fire–and so on). But now (thank you Amazon and ePub), my audience is wide and tall. I still have to work hard–pound the pavement and promote the you-know-what out of myself and my book in equal measure, but it’s easier and the distance my efforts will go are vast. I’ll still run around the Indie Bookstore circuit, Kindle has given my book a chance–a huge one.
With the edition to the Kindle family, the lowest eReader running a meek $79.00…the audience will boom. All those people (like my husband) who choked on the price tag can finally look past the dollar amount and see the value.
There is something for everyone. Not a fan of eInk? Buy the Fire. Not a fan of LCD? Buy the Kindle. Is $200 too much? Get the basics for under a hundred. Everyone can unlock the world of reading for a reasonable pocketbook friendly price.
I’m excited, thrilled, tickled and looking very much towards the future of reading.