My kids have been planning their Christmas wish list since October. Actually, if I’m really honest, they’ve been planning it since December 25th, 2010.
In mid-November I was presented with a list by each of them. My 8-year old wrote one for my 5-year-old, at her request. And they both made up one for the 1 and a half year-old. The list is huge and endless, and is updated daily.
When my son asked me the other day, “What’s on your list, mommy”, I nearly teared up. Oh, they’re not so selfish after all. They think of others. They think of me!!!
But, wait, what was on my list? Did I even have a list?
I have come up with three things for my list since that day: Fluffy slippers, chocolate (yummy, dark, and nutty!), and the third is still on debate: an e-reader.
It’s taken me a few years to even consider wanting one of these e-readers, never mind buying one. Recently, I’m beginning to have a change of heart. Why? There are certain things that are becoming only available in e-format. I’ve been using my iPhone for the last year to download and read on, but the screen is so small, and it’s not very comfortable for longer pieces.
I was thinking of gifting an iPad to the our family, could I use the iPad in the same way as an e-reader, or is the experience still very electronic? I’ve been told numerous times that an e-reader is a very comfortable read. But, it’s not a book! And I love my books. Yet, I’m missing out on some things I really want to read that only available electronically.
I have a little bit of time left to fill up my Christmas wish list, and figure out if an e-reader will be on it. And at this point, there are various brands and models available, and I would to de research to know which one is the best value and gives the closest possible to real book effect. In the meantime I’ll keep shopping for everyone else, scratching off the list, one by one.
Any thoughts: how is reading on an e-reader versus an iPhone or iPad?
And another question for writers: Can you download your own work in progress onto an e-reader?