Through Darkest Ebook Reader with Gun and Camera

By Brenda Clough
Isaac Asimov and I have one thing in common.  Aside from the SF writer thing!   We are late adopters.  It is said of the late great Asimov that he never rode in airplanes; anyplace he could not get to by train or bus was a place he didn’t go, even though he wrote with aplomb about interstellar space travel and jaunts through dimensions and time.

I am sorry to report that I do not have an ebook reader.  And how many epublications do I have out?  It’s embarrassing.  My cell phone is an ancient candy-bar style, and I only turn it on about once a week.  (It exists solely for emergencies; only the optimistic or the ignorant text or leave me a phone message.)

This is a problem easily resolved: with money.  I will buy an ebook reader.  But which one?  Word on the street is that the Ipad 3 is coming out, and having taken my niece’s Ipads out for a spin I am powerfully tempted.  We behind-the-curve people need user-friendly devices.  Advise me, oh you denizens of technology!


My newest novel Speak to Our Desires is out exclusively from Book View Press.

I also have stories in Book View Cafe’s two steampunk anthologies, The Shadow Conspiracy and The Shadow Conspiracy II, as well as in BVC’s many other anthologies.

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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Through Darkest Ebook Reader with Gun and Camera — 18 Comments

  1. I only “adopted” my Nook in December, when it was a birthday present (albeit a present I requested). It’s wonderful, although it will never replace paper books. I have the “simple touch,” black and white model–I don’t want a tablet, I don’t want something else that will seduce me into spending time I don’t have on stuff I don’t need to do. But for convenience, it’s lovely and works well.

  2. If you want to read, and only read, the Amazon Kindle is excellent for that.

    If you want a tablet that can do lots of other things, but still read ebooks, the iPad would work. I have an Asus Transformer, which is an Android tablet. I can highly recommend it — since I got it, I’ve hardly used my laptop while at home. The tablet is my main computer while I’m home (at work I use a regular laptop).

  3. I’m dipping my toe into the ebook experience with EeeRotate, which turns one’s netbook into a big clumsy ebook reader by rotating both screen and touchpad by 270 degrees.

    When the time comes, I’ll get an Android tablet, I think.

  4. I’m another person who only wants to read on my e-reader. Colour doesn’t interest me, reading a book does. I’ve had a Kindle since the beginning and am very happy with it.

  5. I bought my first Nook in the original edition. I only wanted to read on the device. I wanted it small enough to slip in my pocket like a paperback. I wanted it to provide my book fix automagically without fussing with different kinds of software. And I’m, anti-monopoly, so I refused to buy Kindle. Nook fills the bill. I admire the ipad, but I have no good reason to spend the money. Which is why I’m still carrying a pre-paid cell phone I probably don’t use even once a week.

  6. Now, I have a slightly different tack. My idea is that I should be able to read comics on my device. I tried this out on the Ipad, which is delightful for this — high-resolution and fantastic color. The comic book publishers well know that this is the wave of the future.
    The other large issue I have is vision. Eye troubles began oppressing me this decade, and are surely going to get worse. I need a device that will be very supportive of this ailment. And I need to switch to ebooks before paper books become, as it were, a closed book to me.

  7. Brenda,

    With the vision issue, consider both the back-lit tablet that can be read in dim light, and the e-ink alternatives that need external light. I have a clip on light for my Nook. I like the e-ink and find it less eye tiring than even print books. And I can increase the font. Tablets don’t work in bright sunlight–ever try to use a laptop or netbook outside on a summer day? Or at the beach?

    I find the 3d effect of the tablet exhausting to read over a long period, like a plane flight.

    Standard b&w Nook and Kindle are also smaller than a tablet, not much bigger than a paperback.

    I have found that my aging brain likes one device for calls. One device for computing and internet. One device for calls. And one device for music. Different functions, different brain synapses.

  8. The one thing I didn’t do was to take my niece’s Ipad out into the sun. Someone somewhere must have these devices ranked, from the vision angle; I will seek it out.

  9. On my Kindle, what I like best is (a) when my eyes get tired, or I get tired of wearing glasses, I can bump up the font size and keep reading; and (b) I can store hundreds of books on one device, and read them anywhere. Also, (c) the battery life is incredible, two weeks to one month between charges. I have a cover with a built-in light running off the Kindle battery, which impacts battery life somewhat, but it is still great.

    Flaws? On the Kindle3, which is next-to-most-recent generation, I’m not aware of any flaws. My daughter has the latest iteration, with no keyboard, and she is reading 5 hours per day (and more than that on weekends) (she’s 12, received it for Christmas) without any complaints.

  10. Now this is very helpful — reviews, and comparison charts. My husband, annoyed with all this analysis, says that I should just buy one and dive in.

  11. As others have said, for a straight reading experience I like eInk technology, in my case, the Kindle. I have had a Kindle 2 for two years and didn’t even want to upgrade. I have been astounded how much I love it. There are several reasons but adjusting the font for my comfort (which sometimes varies by time of day or light level) is high on the list. I just got a Kindle Touch yesterday and so can’t say much about the comparison yet, but I am a convert to eReaders despite all the typical initial resistance.

    As someone who has never been jealous of my husband’s iPad, I’ve had no desire to go Kindle Fire or iPad. But who knows? The day may come when I have one and realize I love them, too.

  12. I guess the question is, how much do I want the device to do? A straight reader (Kindle or Nook) is no longer terribly spendy. But what a temptation, to be able to do more! My dream would be the sort of device I blessed my characters with in REVISE THE WORLD — one hand-sized device that does everything. I have not yet seen the vox-activated phone I dream of, where you never have to dial a number, but just call out the name of the person you want to talk to. A sad mistake, all this writing of SF…

  13. No, I wouldn’t know either. I am not a first adopter — until all the kinks have been worked out, there is wide support, and it’s easy to use and buy, I am not there for you.