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Post #5: IPod:Compact Discs as Kindle:_______
November 24, 2007, 3:04 am
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Books?????

Oh–I am so conflicted by Amazon’s new e-book reader! It both excites and frightens me!

I love love love love love books—I collect them, I obsess over them, I can’t imagine a more perfect object than a book. The texture of the cover, the smell of the paper, the feeling of turning the pages, the weight in your hands, oh–I could go on and on about the physical perfection of the book. But books as seen in the below video, are essentially a technology—a technology that has outlasted most others, but a technology nonetheless. Does this mean that the book is bound to be surpassed by something else? A new technology that will revolutionize the way we read?

Time out for a funny video about the technology of books:

I digress, back to the Kindle. Is Amazon’s new Kindle e-book reader, finally the e-book reader that will take off? Unveiled earlier this week with a great deal of hype, there are already reports that the first launch has sold out.

So what is so amazing or possibly revolutionary about the Kindle?

  • Not just for books—you can subscribe to newspapers (NYT, WSJ, etc) and blogs
  • View PDF or Word documents sent to your Kindle e-mail address
  • Always connected to the web—search google, access wikipedia, etc.
  • $9.99 charge for new releases/$1.99 for classics
  • Can also play audio books

Please read Steve Levy’s fantastic Newsweek article about the kindle and the book as technology.

This closing observation really hit me:

“The awesome technology of original books—and our love for them—will keep them vital for many years to come. But nothing is forever. Microsoft’s Bill Hill has a riff where he runs through the energy-wasting, resource-draining process of how we make books now. We chop down trees, transport them to plants, mash them into pulp, move the pulp to another factory to press into sheets, ship the sheets to a plant to put dirty marks on them, then cut the sheets and bind them and ship the thing around the world. “Do you really believe that we’ll be doing that in 50 years?” he asks.”

Ouch. I don’t want to give up my books, but might it be the responsible thing to do?

What do you think fellow book lovers?



Post #4: Confessions of a Reluctant Blogger
November 12, 2007, 5:58 am
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I must confess…that…okay…i’ll just come right out and admit it…blogging kind of stresses me out. It may seem strange for a former actor to feel shy about putting herself out there, but man do I ever get stage fright when it’s time to start writing a blog post. Seriously, I would much rather don a chicken costume and sing “Memories” in front of an audience of ten thousand than write a 200 word blog post.

What is that about?

For me, it feels so strange to be putting my thoughts and opinions out there for any and all to see. Not only that, but with 70 million plus blogs—I feel like you need to stand out, find a niche, have something really important or new or witty to say, otherwise why say it at all? Aaargh—the pressure! What’s a reluctant blogger to do?

Luckily, there is no shortage of on-line advice about how to make your blog a successful one. If you’re experiencing blog anxiety too, you should definitely check out some of these useful sites for a little inspiration and motivation:

http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/01/23/blogging-tips-hundreds-of-resources-for-finding-content-for-your-blog/

http://www.dailyblogtips.com/top-25-blogs-about-blogging/

http://www.blogherald.com/

http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/2006/10/top-ten-blogging-tips-insights-from-a-novice-blogger.html

So, here’s to less anxiety ridden blogging!!

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