Long enough to cover everything. Short enough to be interesting.
So here goes:
WILL AUTHORS BECOME LIKE THE SLIDE RULE?
The Associated Press reported a survey that says there is a generation gap in e-readers:
Readers under 30 prefer cellphones and computers. Those over 30 like dedicated devices such as the Kindle.
The Pew Research Center's latest study focuses on young readers.
Among e-book users surveyed, between ages 16-29, more than half read one on a desktop or laptop and around 40 percent use a cellphone. Around 25 percent used an e-reader.
Among respondents 30 and older, 46 percent preferred e-readers, just 25 percent cellphones.
According to the report released Tuesday, teen readers were less likely to read an e-book than those immediately older.
Around 12 percent of respondents aged 16-17 read an e-book over the past year, compared to 21 percent for ages 18-24 and 25 percent for ages 30-39.
Did you get that?
Only 12% of teens had read an e-book this past year! Only 25% of those over 30 had read an e-book this past year!
That leaves a whopping 75% that had not read an e-book!
Of those who do read e-books, the vast majority are female. Are writers in danger of providing a service few want?
What do you think?
Donna Hole emailed me last week, inquiring:
"How do you get the most of your Kindle Fire?" and "Do you use other computer for your author needs also?"
She also wrote:
When I want to read, I want to just read. No phone, no e-mail, no blogger updates. I hope to get lost in a story and think of nothing else. So, I'm having a problem giving up my dedicated e-book reader for More, even though it is the same price. I also have this little Acer Netbook; and I love it.
So, can you give me some insights on how you use your Kindle Fire?
Can you update your blog from it? Read any Kindle formatted books? Can you edit/write from it?
How easy is the touch keypad to access? Is it more for movie watching and game playing than word processing? How portable is the Kindle Fire?
I use my laptop to write my blog and my novels.
It is small enough to take anywhere in my apartment. AND IT HAS AN ACTUAL KEYBOARD. My fingers hate writing for any length by touchpad.
But I can update my blog, reply to comments. I can read Kindle formatted books. I can send my current WIP to my Kindle and edit/write my WIP from my Kindle Fire.
The touch keypad is easy to access for anyone who doesn't have ten thumbs like me. :-)
I subscribe to several magazines that come directly to my Kindle Fire. Reading them from it is a breeze. I am child enough to love even the ads in W magazine.
I do not have cable so I download my favorite TV episodes for $1.99 each and they are stored in the unlimited capacity of the Cloud.
You can piggy-back your internet access from your smartphone to your Kindle Fire. It is portable enough to put in my mini-back pack ... or in your purse.
It would easily accomodate your life as a writer. It would also let you carry a small library for research or for fun reading whenever you find yourself unexpectedly with free time during the day.
I answered Donna here because I thought some other of my friends might have similar questions. Donna, I hope I have helped in some small way. :-)
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