So to recap from last week
(here's the link if you want to read part 1 for yourself)
So after about a year of debating,
I decided to take the plunge and replace my broken kindle.
The non “electric” screen also being mandatory - I spend 8 hours a day staring at screens for my day job and that's before I even get into my various writing editing projects - can you say "Bloodshot"?
Anyway though, despite the fact that the newer touch screen models are infinitely more user friendly in every way I, decided to step back in time and go with the older Kindle 3 model (the one with the actual keyboard) and here's why:
Speakers give me a few options that the advanced paper white and the even more advanced digital kindle fire tablet can't do for me. Despite their pencil slender bodies and seemingly endless diminishing weights - they can't read books aloud.
(Or rather they could, but a decision was made for them not to)
The old Keyboard model however is not constrained by this obvious design flaw and will read aloud any book you load on it.
Well done Myk
- something which goes down as a plus in my book.
You can choose between male or female (if you like to jump the fence occasionally) and it does the job, mostly use it when I'm doing things like showering or washing dishes. Perfect for when a specific book is giving you that compulsive brain itch - or you just have a deadline.
Of course combined with converting programs like Calibre (thanks Joanna Maciejewska) and/or Scrivener, such tools can be used to great effect for editing purposes.
Because nothing makes crap writing stand out quite like hearing
it flung at you verbally.
(I’ve found another program for this but more on that another time)
Have gone nuts and bought books left and right. The ease of purchase is insane! Have even been trying out the whispersync for voice which price wise seems to bee the most cost effective way to have your cake & eat it.
(about £12 for both Kindle e-book and audio book - not a bad deal at all more on that another time)
"if you can't beat 'em join 'em"
Which has a real kind of Nazi tone now that I think about it.
We may be in for some trouble in the future with disagreements, formats, monopolies and rights but in the meantime no matter how I look at it Amazon has made reading more accessible to the masses.
Here’s hoping that after the war has been fought and the smoke clears that all the players involved manage to distil it down to a more unified vision for the future of the e-book.
I’m crossing my fingers for a single mandatory format across all platforms, vendors and e-readers.
Well either that or Amazon sprouts numerous heads, teeth, tentacles kills all the competition and then becomes the next Apple.
I hope not.
God I hope not.