Topline Trends Tuesday: Kindle – meet your next cookbook shelf

March 3, 2009

kindle-and-coffee

Photo credit: http://aaroncrocco.wordpress.com/2008/07/08/capacious-kindle-for-july-8/

Did I ever mention here that I have a degree in English literature? That many times? Really? Um, sorry.

Anyhow, as a result of my love of books, I became a Lit major; that love continued well into my adult life and led me to amass a lot of books of all kinds. In fact, I’ve had to move my cookbook library out of my house (it now takes up a full room at my test kitchen) and I’ve started to abandon novels that I’ve read and don’t plan to read again in coffee shops. Yes, I know that the library is just around the corner from my house, but as an author myself, I buy books to support my industry.

While I’m sure that I’ll always have more books in my home than the average person, I’m so fatigued by clutter management that I’m very excited about the possibilities the Kindle offers readers and home cooks alike.

While the iphone and Nintendo DS are shouting ‘look at me’ to get home cooks to use these devices in the kitchen, the Kindle is quietly gaining momentum as a portable cookbook storage device that you can take with you and use anywhere. In fact, on Amazon, there are already 2,105 food related titles available for downloading on the Kindle!

I haven’t had a chance to use a real live Kindle yet but I like what I see! In fact, I think being able to consolidate even just my newspaper and magazine reading into a Kindle would be efficient and a great use of the world’s resources since fewer trees would be harmed by my voracious magazine addiction.

Have any of you used a Kindle? If so, did you like it or find flaws people like me need to know about before we lay our credit cards on the shop counter?

Even if you haven’t tried one out, tell me how you feel about this innovation- does it inspire you or get your ire up?