I’m browsing on the ‘net, I click on the Add to Cart
I think I should delete, but this is just the start
I say I won’t like it, but you know I’m a liar
‘Cause when we surf
Well late at night, I’m tapping your screen
Well you say I wanna an app, I say free Angry Birds is just mean
I say I don’t love you, but l can’t hide my desire
And when we surf
Ohhh, fire, fire
You had a hold on me right from the start
It’s a grip so tight I couldn’t tear it apart
My nerves all jumpin’ actin’ like a fool
Your graphics they burn, but your case stays cool
Romeo and Juliet, Samson and Delilah
But Kindle you can bet their love they didn’t deny
My words say quit, but my words they lie
‘Cause when we surf
Hmmm, fire, fire
Burnin’ in my soul, my Kindle’s out of control
So. Do I love my Kindle Fire? Yes, yes I do. I wasn’t sure I was going to like the back-lit e-reader vs. e-ink, but so far I think I’ve actually been reading more, not less. Of course, being able to adjust the brightness helps.
Oh, and streaming content? Yes, please. Right now, I’m working through all of Ken Burns’s documentaries. (Civil War first to complement the War Through the Generations reading challenge.)
And I can check my email, go on Facebook, and, and, and …
And … check out the book between Pasta and Tina Fey. Could it be Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay? Why, yes. I think it is. See, even the 2009 Debs are on fire.
4 responses to “Musical interlude: Ode to Kindle Fire (with apologies to Bruce Springsteen)”
Oh, fine. I was diligently not thinking about this device, and now your lyrics have totally made me want it.
Well, I do think it makes the most sense if you already have Kindle books and/or Amazon Prime (I have both). So all my content is right there and easy to get to. And so far, most everything I want to watch is free with Prime. (Oh, look! Nova! Documentaries! I’m sure not all customers are this excited about those things.)
The Fire is great (got my Christmas present early :-)). I can read several books at once (it keeps my place in each one), I can browse/shop the Web, I can check headlines from a configurable list of sources during the commercials while watching Monday Night Football. If a real person is mentioned in a book, I can highlight their name and Google them, all without losing my place. I can check and respond to email.
All this for a third the cost of a full-blown tablet. For tablets to drop out of the “novelty” category they’ll have to drop their prices. For lengthier emails that would be cumbersome on my Kindle Fire, I have a laptop. For real “gorilla” computing requiring extraordinary horsepower and screen real estate I have my 27″ iMac. Neither of the latter two are well adapted to reading with one hand and Webbing while kicked back on the couch.
Exactly! One of the criticisms of the Fire that I’ve read is it’s size–it’s difficult to use for creating. But I don’t want it for that. I actually want to get my reading and viewing *off* my computer and have a dedicated device for that, and a separate system for writing. Otherwise, things get … cluttered.