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The shiny, the shiny!

So, we now have a Kindle. It is shiny!

Before anyone shoots us, we haven't bought it so we can buy books from Amazon. It's mainly to read manuscripts and various PDF books that I already own. It also works very nicely for the Breaking Waves anthology.

So, after a few hours of stroking the machine and saying 'Shiny!', here's what I think about the Kindle:

Good stuff:
- Much better screen than the Sony Reader I'd looked at before
- The 'page turn' flicker is also much reduced
- Works really well with Word Documents (although there are a few flaws, just not enough to interfere with reading)
- Very light and comfortable
- So much easier to read outside than a computer
- Shiny!

Bad stuff:
- Still not as easy as reading a proper book
- PDFs work badly, as does the conversion of PDFs to ebook format. The zoom is poor on PDFs, and without, the text is generally too small. Won't be using this for PDFs.
- I could do with a bit brighter screen, particularly at night when it needs some direct light
- I would like a slightly larger screen, too. Maybe another inch.
- And a bigger keyboard
- For some reason, I really expect handheld devices to be touch-sensitive, but the Kindle isn't. Feels a little old-fashioned in that respect.
- The next/previous page buttons feel counter-intuitive. I realise they are designed for using the Kindle in one hand, but I use it in two and keep pressing the wrong button.

All in all, this is a pretty nifty device (and shiny!), and it's pretty cheap (compared to earlier readers and the iPad). It'll save an awful lot of printing of manuscripts and an awful lot of paper all over the place. But it's not going to replace books for me, unless they are books I really can't get on paper (Breaking Waves again, hooray!.)
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BREAKING WAVES

This seems like an auspicious time to break my blogging silence.

Yesterday, the Breaking Waves anthology was released. In case you don't know, Breaking Waves is a collection of over thirty stories, essays and poems published in aid of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund. For the ridiculously low price of $4.99, you can get pieces by such luminaries as Ursula Le Guin, Vonda McIntyre, Lyda Morehouse, Tiffany Trent, David Levine, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Judith Tarr, Sandra McDonald, Sarah Monette and many others. Oh yeah, there's even a story by me...

What more can you ask for?

It's an e-book in multiple formats, so you should be able to read it whatever device you use.

Go buy it now. You know you want to!

Table of Contents

Introduction, Tiffany Trent

Introduction: Phyllis Irene Radford

In England in the Fifties, Ursula K. Le Guin

A Little Song, A Little Dance, David D. Levine and Andrine de la Rocha

A Modest Proposal for the Perfection of Nature, Vonda N. McIntyre

Site 14, Laura Anne Gilman

The House That We Built, David Gessner

Black Gold, Tiffany Trent

Autumn Leaves, James Sallis

My Mother’s People, Elaine Isaak

The Blue Curtain, Brenda Cooper

Christmas Count, David B. Coe

Eternal Return to the City of New Orleans, James Sallis

Javier Dying in the Land of Flowers, Deborah J. Ross, writing as Deborah Wheeler

Origami Action Heroes of Singing River, Sandra McDonald

The Power to Change the Shape of the Land, Dayle A. Dermatis

The Girl Who Dreamed of the Sea, Judith Tarr

The Sea Around Us, Rachel Carson

Terra Incognita, Camille Alexa

Suicide Note, Mario Milosevic

Serpent Singer, M.H. Bonham

Emergency, Nancy Jane Moore

Preparing for the Hurricane, James Sallis

After the Dragon, Sarah Monette

Comet Summer, Jennifer Stevenson

Backtiming, Randy Tatano

Rescue Work, Pati Nagle

Candace, Judith Tarr

I Sing a Song of Mourning, Dayle A. Dermatis

Galveston, P. G. Nagle

Indigo Bunting, Lyda Morehouse

Paradise, Vonda N. McIntyre
Photographs: Carolyn McIntyre

Shark Attack, Sue Lange

Disaster Relief, Kristine Kathryn Rusch

A Field Guide to Ugly Places, Patrick Samphire

Troubled Water, Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

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I now return you to silence.