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I’ve Joined the Kindle Generation

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So over the weekend, I broke in my new Kindle. I know that I’m awfully late to the party and all, but hey, I’m still not entirely sure this whole “world wide web” thing is going to last. So you’ll have to forgive me for being a bit tardy.

I can’t say the Kindle is going to totally revolutionize the way I read. It will be tremendously helpful for long plane flights and my aching back will appreciate the reprieve from lugging ten books in my backpack. And I believe the Kindle will save the late night trips to the bookstore for the literary equivalent of fast food. It will help with more disposable and light reading.

But it’s not going to totally replace books in my world, not by a long shot.

Oh, and the first title read on my magic little gadget? Steve Hely’s How I Became a Famous Novelist, which was perfect for my introduction to the Kindle. A little light, fun reading. While I didn’t think it was a good as Janet Maslin did in the Times, I did think the novel was amusing and humorous. However, I still think William Kotzwinkle’s 1997 book, The Bear Went Over the Mountain is my favorite send-up of the publishing business so I must take the opportunity to recommend that book if you’re in wicked mood.