An iPad, a Kindle and an iPhone all walk into…

Nope, it’s not a corny joke though if it made you think of one, please share it!iphone

I’ve noticed something among friends and strangers lately…they are carrying multiple devices. Here’s what I hear most: I love my iPhone but not for reading, the screen  is too small. It works in a pinch but I’d rather read on my Kindle. Wait a minute – you have an iPad as well right? Yep, but I love reading on my Kindle and I use my iPad for email, surfing the web, other stuff I used to use my laptop for. The Surface may become a player – I know critics hate it but lots of folks I’ve talked to think it’s pretty nifty and are considering it as a laptop replacement and first tablet so we’ll see. Yesterday at The Streets of Southpoint mall, I took a gander. I liked it – I would replace my laptop with the Surface though let me say, I’d keep my iPhone, my Kindle and iPad – just call me the mule – carrying all my devices!kindle

Anyway, I love the iPhone and iPad and Kindle but also find I prefer reading on my Kindle. Side note – I ordered the new Paperwhite Kindle (sold my old one) and whoo-hoo Santa came early, got it yesterday. I found I will use my iPhone to read sometimes but my iPad – well I will read on it but outside in bright light, I prefer the Kindle. I’ve heard from a few guys who are carrying their iPhone, iPad, laptop and Kindles in what I sweetly call a “man bag”. Timbuk2 makes a fantastic messenger bag for that special man in your life! A few of them have said if Microsoft Office was on the iPad they’d get rid of the laptop altogether.bag

Do you find yourself carrying a larger purse to accommodate your devices? Psst…the Coach diaper bag is perfect. It’s like a tote and the padded changing pad works great to wrap around your tablet, laptop, Kindle, etc.coach

So – do you use one device for everything or do you use multiple devices? If so, which ones for what?

P.S. If you don’t have one, it’s not too late to put it on your holiday wish list!

Cheers!ipad

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Books 2012 – It was a very good year

As 2012 comes to a close, I’ve been thinking about which books and/or authors I’ve most enjoyed this year. With the proliferation of e-readers and free Amazon Kindle apps for your phone and PC, if you haven’t already – expand your horizons, read a book today.

Never thought I’d say how much I love my Kindle and yes, it’s overtaken my love for a printed book. It’s super easy now to take a small e-reader to the beach, on vacation, work, etc. and have all my books at my fingertips not to mention instant gratification to get a new one after trying a free sample by clicking a button. I can stay in my jammies and never leave the house at midnight because I just have to have that next book in the series.

Below in no particular order are my faves for this year:

JR Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood series

Deborah E Harkness Discovery of Witches and sequel

George RR Martin Game of Thrones series

Kim Harrison Hollow series

Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark Hunter and Born series

Diana Gabaldon Outlander series

Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy

Elizabeth Hoyt Maiden Lane Series

Patricia Briggs River Marked

Margret Maron Deborah Knott series and way too many more to mention…

So I have to wonder, do you still read paper books? Do you have an e-reader or Kindle app? Plan to ask for one for the Holidays? If you do read e-books, do you only get from the library? Yes, you can get e-books from the library for your e-reader. If you buy e-books, what’s your price point for e-books? .99 – 5.99? What do you want to see from authors and who is your favorite?  I know, a lot of questions but I’m a curious sort…

Cheers!