Saturday, 4 December 2010

Meet...

Note to self: Never say never.

I've been anti e-readers since I first heard of them so it was a surprise to find myself bitten with the must-have bug last weekend and in true impulse buyer mode, I bought a kindle...


Look how neat and pretty it looks on my overflowing book shelf of read but must keep books. And it's already filling up with goodness. So far I have 6 novels, one short story collection that has been living on my computer for some time (looking at you Mr Polson), one very special story collection that I can't talk about (but just did in a way, I suppose), and three samples downloaded from Amazon.  Actually, that doesn't sound like much at all.

Now, my pretty little kindle doesn't have a name. For a short time I was calling it lemon as in a wasted purchase (which I almost hoped it would be, but it isn't). Then I looked up 'lemon' in the urban dictonary. Oh dear, I can't call it that. Gulp! So I now need another name for it. Suggestions welcome.

To continue the madness, I should note that my dictaphone is called Walter and my laptop Mr Grim. I suspect I'm mad. I suspect you suspect I'm mad too. I suspect we're all right.

24 comments:

Milo James Fowler said...

Welcome to the dark side! Gizmo and I are getting along nicely. We should schedule a Kindle play date.
Write1Sub1

Cate Gardner said...

It's suprisingly pretty on the dark side. I'm surprised.

Rabid Fox said...

It's not ugly, I'll say that. I'm still waiting for an ereader to come along under $100.

Damien Walters Grintalis said...

Hmmm, it looks like a George or a Henry to me. :)

Aaron Polson said...

Okay. I'm buying one. You've convinced me.

I've been on the fence, too, but my bookshelf is looking rather, er...overflowing.

onipar... said...

In early October I quietly crossed over into Kindle-land. My excuse to justify the purchase was that I could read my PDF review copies on it rather than sit at my computer.

I sort of hated myself for buying it for a good couple weeks. but that's all over now. :-)

Don't forget to check out the free e-book sites like Project Gutenberg. :-)

Cate Gardner said...

Gef, they are rather expensive. This wasn't even under a £100. I convinced myself it would save me money in the long run.

Both excellent names, Damien. Unfortunately my vacuum is Henry and there's a George in the family.

I'm sure your wife has no problem with you buying lots and lots of books, Aaron, but I keep declaring I won't buy anymore until I've halved my to-read-pile. Now I can still declare that and no one will know I've added another dozen to my kindle.

I hadn't even heard of Project Gutenberg, Anthony.

Katey said...

I have a ton of ebooks that I haven't read--they've amassed over the last few years and it's driving me batty. Today... today I join you in Pretty Land.

Wonder what I'll name mine! (I tend to name my stuff after artists lately. My computer is Goya.)

Cate Gardner said...

Inspiration hits, Katey. Maybe I could call mine Dali, because the fact I have an e-reader is surreal. Sorted.

Robert said...

Kayla the Kindle.

wv: prquere

Michael Stone said...

Oh Cate, why hast thou forsaken LJ? I missed you over there, came here and saw you've been posting all this time.

As for the kindle, he looks like an Ichabod to me.

v-word = makingl

K.C. Shaw said...

I believe it was the same day you got your Kindle that my mom bought herself a Nook. She's been going through paroxysms of guilt about buying it, but she likes it so far. I charged up my poor Sony reader and have been hugging it to console it. It doesn't get used much.

The Kindle looks a lot nicer than the first versions they had, which looked like toys. Ugly toys. And there's nothing wrong with Lemon as a name! Think of lemonade and lemon meringue pie and lemon sorbet.

Cate Gardner said...

Robert :D

Sorry, Mike. I only read and comment on a couple of blogs over there and got tired of posting and decided to just use my LJ account to comment on your blog and one or two others. I may go back. Then again, I may not.

I'm loving my kindle, Kate. But yes, oh the guilt.

Michael Stone said...

I'll add this blog to my RSS bar now I know you won't be on LJ. No probs. I don't blame you for not double-posting - I find posting once a chore. :)

Cate Gardner said...

I should really put a note on my LJ blog to say I've gone. I've only posted there once in a month and that was only to promote Aaron's book.

Simon said...

Simon's a good, solid name, I always feel... what do you mean, that's not allowed? Satan..? OK, maybe not. Seriously, I'd say it looks like a Clive, or possibly a Percy. I think I'll go and have a lie down.

(v-word = plocater. Which sounds interesting.)

Cate Gardner said...

Calling it Simon would be too weird. And imagine how confusing my FB status reports would be. You and SMJones would think I was talking about you. Goodness. Clive's a good name. Percy was my nickname in junior school. Isn't that an awful nickname?

Simon said...

How the blazes did you end up being called Percy? Or shouldn't I ask..?!

Maybe you should just use a v-word from blogger? The one for this post is 'bictinct'. But I once had one called Sheifixe, which sounds sort of exotic and possibly a bit ninja-ish. Or something.

Hm. Time to check the Yellow Pages. There might be a shop here in Swinton that sells lives... ;-)

Cate Gardner said...

Ha! My nickname was thanks to Percy Thrower and his Blue Peter Garden. Gardner... Get it!!! :(

Simon said...

Ha! It could've been worse... Course it could. somehow.

I was 'Penfold' at school, thanks to Dangermouse. At my last job I was referred to as 'Chewbacca' or 'the Wookiee' owing to general hairiness. I didn't point out that I was a bit short for Chewie; they might have started naming me after one of those blasted Ewoks, and then I would've had to shoot somebody :D

(v-word = adonines. Hmm...)

Natalie L. Sin said...

Ron Chapleby.

Cate Gardner said...

Ah, Penfold was cute.

It's under consideration, Natalie.

Danielle Ferries said...

You're not mad. I often give names to objects too :)

Still can't come at the e-reader. Just like Twitter, I've somehow managed to avoid it.

abrokenlaptop.com said...

Tell me how you like it! I still haven't crossed over to the dark side, but I'm interested. :D

-Mercedes