Comments: On Books Part 2 (now with less butt talk)

Huh. Never heard of it. But if I had one I wouldn't have to move fourteen boxes of books to Pennsylvania...off to speak with my own personal Mr. Gadget!

Posted by Amy-Go at June 3, 2008 9:35 AM

I prefer a good old fashioned book myself.

Posted by lee at June 3, 2008 9:53 AM

My husband is completely addicted to his Kindle, which is pretty much the same thing as the Sony Reader. And I enjoy borrowing it. But mostly I envy him when we go on vacation. I pack about 4 or 5 big hardcover library books, he puts his kindle in a bag. Not fair.

Posted by Jessica at June 3, 2008 10:15 AM

oh, GAWD, joss ... i am CRYING from this.

not to mention cleaning up vanilla latte from my keyboard.

Posted by the planet of janet at June 3, 2008 10:15 AM

I think I see a new gadget in my future ...

Posted by TrudyJ at June 3, 2008 10:31 AM

I totally once gave blood just because the guy I liked was. That's a much worse reason than Nutter Butters!

Posted by Becky at June 3, 2008 10:42 AM

Dude, would the Sony people like another tester? Because while you and your bouncy blood may be going to hell for the sin of coveting Nutter Butters, I'll meet you there for the sin of LUSTING AFTER MY NEIGHBOR'S READER. For reals.

Posted by Mir at June 3, 2008 10:44 AM

I will adopt your Pit Room! Am sitting in mine.

Posted by Elena at June 3, 2008 10:52 AM

Wow -- it sounds SO cool! I don't have enough moolah to buy one now, but I can definitely see buying one in the future when my ship comes in. My ship loaded with BOOKS!

Posted by Aimee at June 3, 2008 11:19 AM

You may have just solved the looming problem of Hubby's birthday for me. Thank you!!

Posted by RuthWells at June 3, 2008 11:19 AM

Whenever we go to the Sony store my husband spends LONG MINUTES petting the Reader demo thingie. I think he really, really wants one. But he doesn't deserve one, because he only reads scifi whereas I read great lit-tra-chah and whatnot. So I think it should be MINE, if we get one. Hmph.

Also, HEY! I am perpetually anemic too, and the doctors finally figured out why a few years ago when I tried to be a vegetarian -- my body cannot use the iron that comes from plants. It's true. I can only use iron from MEAT (they call that "heme iron", by the way, vs. "non-heme" which comes from plants, although meat ALSO has non-heme which is really confusing). Supplements don't work on me either, so. I'm still a wee bit anemic all the time even though I now know why, because NO ONE can eat that much steak, but I am LESS anemic now than when I wasn't eating the delicious barbecued animals. So I dunno if that's what's going on with you, but there's a weird data point for you, anyway.

Posted by Badger at June 3, 2008 11:30 AM

How come I only get viagra spam, and you get review this purse size book room spam? so unfair. unfair, I would buy Gods a fourth time to get it. BUMMER...oh wait, I'd still have to buy your books physically to get the autographed version. Well unless you and Scott would want to autograph my reader.

I will take your apricots, they are devine, high in fiber and good for you. They don't let me donate either, I bruise horribly afterwards.

Posted by Cele at June 3, 2008 12:21 PM

If dried apricots taste like shoes, then shoes must taste like dried apricots??? Well, hooray, I never have to worry about starving to death. I like dried apricots, ergo, I have a stash of food on the floor of my closet. Eeew. That didn't come out right.

Posted by Lulu at June 3, 2008 12:33 PM

Okay, I am suddenly not feeling like the only one on the planet who is always anemic and can never give blood and who NEVER gets to wear the cool little heroic stickers about having saved someone's life and got COOKIES. Thank you.

And that Sony thing looks pretty amazing. Oh! I have a birthday coming up! woo!

Posted by toni mcgee causey at June 3, 2008 1:03 PM

Wow! The book reader thingy sounds awesome.... how long can it go before you have to charge it up or does it use batteries or what???

Also - no way would I ever voluntarily give blood - too scared of the giant tube needle. Even giving a little test-tube's worth of blood at the doctor's office is a terrible ordeal for me. I can actually feel my life's essence draining out of my arm... and then the edges of my sight go gray and next thing I know I have my head between my knees. But - I might be talked into trading some blood for a SONY READER!! LOL That would be worthwhile exchange - LOL

Posted by Becky at June 3, 2008 1:27 PM

I thought I was happy. Now I am not. I will need one of those things, sooner or later.

Posted by Lisa Milton at June 3, 2008 1:41 PM

Oh the truthiness that came from 'I saw they had Nutter Butters' made me spit the me not eating peanut butter cookie dough right out of the tube, at my monitor.

That, that right there is why you have legions of loyal and devoted readers like me.

Posted by pam at June 3, 2008 1:42 PM

I've wanted to read a review of one of those book readers by someone I "trust," so thanks!

And, as for the Nutter Butters, the last time I gave blood it was to get out of the house and away from my children. So, we'll go to hell together. Altruism is overrated anyway.

Posted by Mel at June 3, 2008 2:01 PM

Jealous! How come no one asks me to review such things?

Posted by Heather at June 3, 2008 2:18 PM

*drool*
Our house is tiny - well, small enough and with enough RAVING BEASTS OF CHILDREN that posessions have to be stored sort of like you're on a boat. Only keep the things you NEED and keep them in their places. So I have greatly GREATLY pared down my book collection. The whole time I did it I maintained a breezy, devil-may-care attitude about it. "This book will benefit someone ELSE!" and "I have already read it four times!" and "Alla these books are at the library anyhow and I practically live there, what with the kids programs, so! Tra La!"
If I had a Book Room In My Purse, it would all be ok for REALS.

Posted by Kira at June 3, 2008 2:19 PM

WOWZA!! I want one!!
Like the others, I only get porn, viagra, & get your meds at a Mexican pharmacy spam. I am envious!

Posted by Heather P. at June 3, 2008 4:19 PM

They've never let me give blood because I don't weigh enough. Yes, you can all hate me now. Even though when in college I tried to convince the nurse at the university blood drive that yes, I DID weigh that much, and I probably did then, but she threatened to go out to her car and get a scale and make me stand on it in front of everyone like some sort of livestock for sale and I gave up. I can't save anyone either. Or get cookies.

Posted by amy at June 3, 2008 4:32 PM

I've had all the same certainy that I would hate one of those Star Trek book thingies. Hearing you say you love it makes me pause and wonder if it's not one of those rare times when I shall be..... mistaken. Will I love it too?

But what about when the world falls apart and we need our REAL books. And the cost of replacing said REAL books with downloads. And if you lose or break this book thingie, you won't have lost just one book, but many, many books. One of my arguments against ipods. I'd rather lose one CD than all my CD's. And then there's the cost of batteries - and how long can you read it without plugging the thing in? And really, it doesn't hurt your eyes?

Posted by Laume at June 3, 2008 4:34 PM

I've had all the same certainy that I would hate one of those Star Trek book thingies. Hearing you say you love it makes me pause and wonder if it's not one of those rare times when I shall be..... mistaken. Will I love it too?

But what about when the world falls apart and we need our REAL books. And the cost of replacing said REAL books with downloads. And if you lose or break this book thingie, you won't have lost just one book, but many, many books. One of my arguments against ipods. I'd rather lose one CD than all my CD's. And then there's the cost of batteries - and how long can you read it without plugging the thing in? And really, it doesn't hurt your eyes?

Posted by Laume at June 3, 2008 4:35 PM

DUDE.

Today's my 13th Wedding Anniversary and GUESS what my True Love purchased for me to commemorate this auspicious occasion?! Why, none other than Between, Georgia and TGWSS!!! And I didn't even tell him to! I just told him how much I enjoyed gods in Alabama! He rocks like that.

Posted by Dory at June 3, 2008 6:02 PM

Laume said every single thing I was thinking and she said it TWICE, so you can pretend the second Laume comment is signed DebR. :-)

Oh, except I would've added that I like dried apricots. And shoes. Although not for the same purpose. Usually.

Posted by DebR at June 3, 2008 6:05 PM

Wow, that reader DOES look a lot more reader-friendly than I would have ever suspected. But I could never find (or afford) my entire collection to download, and I would hate for my entire book collection's fate to be at the whim of some chips and wires that could break if I looked at them cross-eyed.

But for travel, or back-up of a few favorites (hmm, but there are SO MANY favorites) it would be awesome!

Posted by Brigitte at June 4, 2008 6:50 AM

Besides the fact that this was a HILARIOUS post, I'm thinking you just sold a Sony Reader. Hopefully to my wife, if I can successfully drop the Father's Day hint. And if I can get the new Rick Bragg on it, all the better.

Posted by matt elliott at June 4, 2008 11:45 AM

If you ever get your iron up to "acceptable" levels (I'm at about 1 success for every 3 tries), your cookies, juice, etc. are all free of WW points. My theory is that you've just given a pint of blood, for heaven's sake! You need to replenish that, and you're not going to do that without cookies and juice!

so there :-)

Posted by Beth at June 4, 2008 1:25 PM

Ummm. *I* will write reviews for your blog for some cool free stuff. Really.

Posted by Courtney at June 4, 2008 7:48 PM

1. I donate platelets for the Oreos (actually, you can have Oreos if donating just blood but I feel platelets entitles me to more Oreos)
2. California dried apricots taste like SUNSHINE not shoes. You must be eating Turkish aps (not a racist comment). I shall send you the info for a conversion experience.
3. Attempting to catalogue my dear, departed mother's book collection theoretically b/c - limited only by NYC apt - they will be sold [ha! I am looking at houses just for storage] When I got to the 200th cookbook, I stood up and saluted her. When I got to 302 I had a good laugh. I am not finished yet again, just w/the cookbooks which she read as travelogues, histories, memoirs. My dear departed dad even built her special hidden bookcases JUST FOR THE COOKBOOKS.

So I guess I understand the appeal of the book room in a purse, but still can't shake the real thing. I like the tactile quality and little bits and memories that fall from btwn the pages when you open a real, live book.

4. You are going to get me fired. Or rather, if I do, I'm blaming you. One cannot be discreet when laughing as hard as I do. Although when I try to silently laugh, I discovered a wheezing which led to an inhaler, so really I should thank you instead. Thank you Joshilyn. At least I know better than to drink anything while reading your blog. After all, it's a company laptop.

Posted by ebethnyc at June 5, 2008 12:23 PM

Too cool. I want one too--Not the Sony reader- but a Scott-type techy can do husband. Willing to trade existing one in with a case of NutterButters.

Posted by lindasands at June 6, 2008 9:41 AM

You may have just sold me on the Sony Reader. My boyfriend and I just bought a TINY condo (in a great location, I promise) and I've been stressing out about What To Do With All My Books. Currently some our in our storage unit, some are in boxes at my mom's, and some were painfully donated to charity (NEVER AGAIN. MY POOR, POOR LOST BOOKS). Maybe I could talk the bf into this purchase if I emphasize that it would mean the difference between wall to wall books in every room, or his precious, clutter-free neatness.

A few concerns:
I'm not sure if I'd miss the tactile nature of actually holding a paperback in hand. But maybe you get used to it?
The cost of the ebooks is higher than I thought it would be, considering you're not getting a physical book. And if I wanted to start replacing books I already own... holy $$$.
What if I break the reader? Can I back the books up somewhere for safety? I just drowned my precious ipod and that held mostly pirated music (I'll be honest) - I can't imagine my reaction if I killed the Sony after buying hundreds of dollars worth of ebooks. Eeeek.
Can you only buy ebooks for it from the Sony store? I did a cursory search and some of the titles I was looking for weren't there. Is there a cheaper/more comprehensive place to buy the books, or is this one of those things where if you buy the Sony Reader, you can only buy Sony ebooks?

Thanks a bunch to anyone who can shed some light... Between the reader, a cover and that first bulk purchase of books, this would be a big purchase for me right now, so I want to make sure I've got my info straight. :)

Posted by Kimmers at June 12, 2008 9:54 AM