Amazon and Apple are my hot and hunky suitors vying for my technological heart. I go to bed at night with my iphone and Kindle (and my husband-but don’t tell Apple/Amazon). They are my can’t live without devices nearest to my heart.
Of course, if we’re being honest here, Microsoft is also there as the dependable, lifelong friend who has unrequited love for me and that I want to love back but he just doesn’t do it for me. So we’re only coworkers/friends. Bc I can’t really live w/out my netbook either. My trusty little writing tool. I love touch screens for everything but writing. Typing on them is a pain. A real keyboard is much more efficient. So, yeah, Microsoft will always be my work husband. But while I have been having lots of fun dates with Amazon and Apple, they are both wanting a commitment lately. How is a girl to decide?
I have had an iphone since ’06 and a Kindle since ’07. I am also a pc girl and have had a netbook since ’08 (and regular huge laptops since forever). So when the ipad came out I of course was in love… but not enough to buy. Because, well, I have an iphone, kindle, and netbook. Not really sure what I would need it for. And the price wasn’t (isn’t) in the impulse buy range for me.
I love Amazon and buy all my books there and am a prime member and buy all kinds of non book items and get free shipping. I recently started buying music at Amazon bc some of the songs were 20-40 cents cheaper and they have this doohickey thingy that will automatically put it in my itunes for me.
All my music (until recently) and app buying has been through itunes (Apple). The android phone explosion was never enough of a lure to get me away from the iphone.
Enter the Kindle Fire- a cheap tablet that is what I have been looking for from Apple but not getting. I am firmly committed to buying my books from Amazon (have you tried to browse in the ibookstore-it sucks!) and am somewhat committed to buying my apps from apple bc I love my iphone. But it looks like the kindle Fire will be like merging my kindle and iphone and taking out the phone (which I rarely use- I am a texter).
It’s a conundrum. $200 is impulse buy for me. But I would have to populate the apps with new purchases. But I could read all of my amazon ebooks on there.
If I add in my opinions of the companies’ behavior in regards to publishing the last couple of years, I tend to lean a little Amazon. Apple made an ego play in 2010. And to publish directly with them and have better rankings in the ibookstore, you have to own a Mac. So I bought a used Mac last month and have uploaded a couple of titles under one of my other pen names so that I could get things going on that end. A lot of work for the non-mac-owning indie publisher. I know smashwords will do that all for me but who wants 6 months old, disorganized sales data. When compared to Amazon and BN, smash is the right place, right time little guy. Hopefully, they will mature into a big guy soon bc I have high hopes (excellent accounting backend and audio selfpubbing would make Smash downright sexy).
Ok. So, writing this out hasn’t really helped me to decide anything. You lovely readers have basically been my therapist couch. Thanks so much for listening. I will keep you updated. Sorry for the long post.