New year – new goals

And on the first day of the year, it’s Shelfari that sets my first goal of the year for me.

And in the mean time, WordPress reminds me that I’ve been away from my own blog too long.  Long enough to have forgotten how to use it.

So here’s to two immediate goals for this year: read more and blog again.

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

Shelfari is connecting to Kindle – Finally!

 

Oooooo  can’t wait!

Wonder if they will automatically updated book’s status when I finish reading it on my Kindle.

 

Kindle, Shelfari and reading books in new year

According to Shelfari, I read 42 books in 2010.  That’s 3.5 books on average per month.  Today, on January 8th of the new year, I already read 3 books and am working through 2 more.  So I’m ahead of pace.

I credit my increased book consumption speed to my new Kindle and audiobooks.

I started the year with reading on a Kindle.  For a long time I foolishly resisted getting a book reading device.  I just didn’t want to give up that feeling of having an actual book in my hands, flipping pages, feeling paper under my fingers.  I read Jeff Bezos promises that his “top objective was to make the Kindle disappear” and didn’t believe it possible.  But Jeff was right.

The first time I sat down to read with my new Kindle, I quickly developed a headache.  It took me a little while to realize what was wrong.  I was trying read it like an LCD screen — a laptop or an iPad or some other handheld device — and Kindle isn’t that.  I can’t explain it, but my eyes were looking at it a little differently and it wasn’t comfortable.  Once I realized my mistake, I adjusted my eyes and started looking at the device just like I would at a book page and that made all the difference in the world.  After that, the device truly sort of “melted” away.  It no longer mattered what I held in my hand, all that mattered was the text on a page.

The form factor of the device is a definite plus.  It is smaller and lighter than most of the books I read, making it much more manageable.

I also found that I read much quicker on a Kindle vs. a regular book.  I attribute this to the size of the screen, the width of the page is narrower than most books I read and it allows my eyes to travel down the rows faster.

And the built-in dictionary is absolutely phenomenal.

All in all, Kindle is an amazing little device.  It is letting me read more and read faster.  It is making me spend more money with Amazon, but that side effect was to be expected.  And if you’re into the classics, there’s always Project Gutenberg, offering many classics in Kindle format for free.

The thing that’s missing for me is tighter integration with Shelfari itself, which is surprising in itself, since Shelfari is owned by Amazon.  I’d love to see my Kindle automatically update my Shelfari bookshelf with books that I’m reading or have read.  Anyone knows how to build it?

And then, there are audio books.  Again, something that I resisted for the longest time until finally deciding to give it a try.  And I’m hooked.  I’m using MyMediaMall through my local library.  Checkout a book, download and transfer to your iPod and enjoy.  I find myself driving slower (people who know me personally and have been in a car with me may find it hard to believe), prolonging my commute just so that I can listen longer to my book.

I’m looking forward to discovering more books this year.  Let’s see what my total count will be at the end of the year.

 

 

Amazon.com buys Shelfari

On September 2nd Amazon.com acquired Shelfari. A global community of book lovers joined the world’s largest online book retailer — seems to make sense.