Amazon fired the latest volley with the “Kindle for PC” (Mac coming soon), the free Kindle reader for your desktop. The idea being, of course, that you’ll now rush out and buy lots of inexpensive Kindle-centric eBooks from Amazon and will follow that with the purchase of a real Kindle.
Then, naturally, you won’t feel tempted to rush out and buy the iPad and shop for eBooks from Apple.
So, I downloaded my free Kindle for PC but–call me old-fashioned (because if you call me “old” I’ll have to kill you)–I still want pages, and paper, and ink, and that new book smell, and even that old book smell.
Plus, I don’t need another screen to get scratched up unless I baby it.
On a related note, I got an e-mail “catalog” from a “bookseller” who can sell me a pdf copy of any urban fantasy title out there for $1 or $2 each. All under the table of course. As an author, I’m highly offended. Do I trash it or report the seller to the piracy police?