Saturday, November 29, 2008

Target today, Walmart tomorrow?

Target -- TARGET, of all places -- is offering Sony eReaders, according to an ad last week. I was amazed and agoggled; if Target is offering them, I figure Walmart and Kmart and so forth can't be far behind. Truly ereaders are going for further acceptance. And I guess we have persistence, and of course Oprah, to thank for that.

But I still have my reservations. They're still expensive, no matter which you choose, whether it's Sony eReaders or Kindles or even eBookmans; and the way these things go, they're going to be antiquated within days or months, and you'll have to replace them.

This logic, of course, is why I'm still using an iMac I bought back in 1999 (I should say here that I can't access MySpace with that machine; I have to make a point of going for the Windows machine, built in this century, to do so). Yes, that's right, I'm still using 20th century technology. But times are achanging, because The Hub suggested buying a Kindle recently, because as an epub writer, I should have this new technology. It's a nice idea, but I can't help but think that I should get a computer built in this decade first.

But this is the holiday season. The Hub tends to have these splurge tendencies when this time of year comes around. I may find myself the recipient of modern tech on December 25 yet. And then I'll have to deal with it.