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Romance Novels on Your Cell Phone? Yikes! By Marisa O'Neill | Romance Novel TV

 

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    Romance Novels on Your Cell Phone? Yikes! By Marisa O’Neill
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  • Published: May 21st, 2008

Color me surprised! Maria and I were surfing the net when we came across an article that said you can now download romance novels on your cell phone. Hello? Can you hear me now? I’m of 2 minds

cellhand12.jpgOn One Hand:
Yeah, I’ve gotten spoiled and I want my information now! If I have to wait more than 4 seconds for an email to download, well, I’m hitting delete. If I have to watch TV with commercials instead of fast forwarding through TiVo, well, I’m changing the channel. If I call a phone number and I get a busy signal, I’m, WTH, these people should join the 21st Century already. So yeah, I’m all about Right Now!

I’m never one to travel without a book. I mean, no book? What if I find myself waiting on a long line, or stuck in a subway car. I’ve been known to pull out a book and read walking down the street. So when Sony came out with their e-reader I was delighted, especially when it comes to hard back books and e-books.

BUT

cellhand21.jpgOn The Other Hand:
I’m also of the mind that things are moving way to fast. Reading for me, for the most part, is a pleasure, something I want to savor. And that means sitting down in my favorite chair, sipping a coke or a glass of Pinot Grigio, watching the sunset, or sitting in front of a roaring fire, devouring each and every word and being transported to places I’ve never been with people I’m happy to go on a journey with. So reading very tiny print on my very tiny cell phone would not be conducive to a relaxing evening in the bubble bath with my latest favorite book.

Cell phones are great, I use mine to make calls and receive calls. When I’m traveling I often use mine as an alarm clock. But, I don’t think I’ll be down loading romance novels on my cell phone. But hey, some one call me when they teach cell phones how to do laundry. Hello? Can you hear me now?

What about you? You up for reading about your favorite hero and heroine doing the deed – on your cell phone? How far into technology are you?

13 Responses to “Romance Novels on Your Cell Phone? Yikes! By Marisa O’Neill”

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  1. Buffie
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 5:50 am

    I have gotta say a big fat no to reading on my cell phone. Reading for me is a way of escaping the everyday hum drum. How can I escape when I’m reading on my phone???? Nope. I would much rather have a cozy spot on the couch or in bed with a physical book in hand.


  2. AndreaW
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 6:08 am

    Nope. My phone is just that: a phone. I don’t want to read a book, surf the internet or send/receive e-mail. I just want to talk. And I love my books just the way they are … no batteries or recharging required. 😉


  3. keoweegirl
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 6:30 am

    A phone is a phone is a phone…and sometimes an alarm.

    I like my books on paper. I can’t read e-books. I’ve tried them online and with a couple different e-readers. No go. It’s too hard on my eyes and, after just a few pages, the letters start moving around and I end up with a blinding headache. So, aside from the comfort I derive from cuddling on the couch, rocking on the porch or relaxing on the beach with a book in hand, for me, reading books on any type of screen is just a physical impossibility.


  4. MaryKate
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 6:50 am

    Well, I’m a techno-junkie. I just joined the “treo” generation. And I have to say that I spend FAR too much time messing with my cell phone now that I can get email and surf the web on it. I love reading the newspaper or ESPN on my cell phone if, say, I’m waiting at the airport.

    That being said, no way would I read a book on my cell. Definitely on an e-reader, but no way on my cell phone. It’s too small, and you’d have to turn the page every two seconds. Too painful, I think.


  5. Maria
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 7:03 am

    Ladies, ladies, ladies – there will come a day when your cell phone will cook and do laundry for you – so why not download a nice read?

    Right now, I use my cell/pda for EVERYTHING! Reminders, web, e-mail, directions, restaurant choices, calendar, spreadsheet… oh the list goes on. Without my cell… well, I shudder to think, just shudder – it’s too horrifying.

    Now, I won’t read a book on my cell, or even a short story – why? Because reading is a pleasure, and I don’t associate my cell/pda with pleasure, for me the cell is all business….


  6. Gannon
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 7:18 am

    I love my cell phone….to talk on, text, or use as an alarm. But I do NOT want to read a book on my cell. Somehow curling up with my cell phone just doesn’t seem as appealing as curling up with a real book!


  7. AndreaW
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 7:21 am

    Maria said: Right now, I use my cell/pda for EVERYTHING! Reminders, web, e-mail, directions, restaurant choices, calendar, spreadsheet… oh the list goes on. Without my cell… well, I shudder to think, just shudder – it’s too horrifying.

    Now, I won’t read a book on my cell, or even a short story – why? Because reading is a pleasure, and I don’t associate my cell/pda with pleasure, for me the cell is all business…

    Good point, Maria. If I were in your shoes, I would probably love and need to have all the things you mentioned on my phone. Very good point.


  8. Esri Rose
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 8:29 am

    I wouldn’t read on a little bitty screen, but I have to admit that the Kindle tempts me. Especially the part about getting to download reading material from wherever you are. I love paper books, but since I do most of my reading at mealtimes, it’s annoying to have to hold the book open one-handed, while the other hand is busy with a fork.

    I think the ideal system would be an easy-on-the-eyes e-reader, with a page size as big as a mass-market paperback, that had a little easel on the back so I could prop it up behind my plate. Oh, and a voice recognition feature so I could just say, “Turn” when I wanted the next page.


  9. Marisa
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 8:58 am

    I think the ideal system would be an easy-on-the-eyes e-reader, with a page size as big as a mass-market paperback, that had a little easel on the back so I could prop it up behind my plate. Oh, and a voice recognition feature so I could just say, “Turn” when I wanted the next page.

    Esri, I love this idea! Sort of like the car commercial where the guy tells his car what to do and it does it. I would love a waterproof one, so I can prop it up by the tub, sit in the tub and say “turn please”.


  10. Esri Rose
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 9:22 am

    Waterproof. YES!


  11. Maria
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 10:21 am

    Will it do laundry? Make Dinner? Feed the kids?

    I’m voting for a little computer with a great screen that comfortably allows you to read a book — like the e-reader, while it also acts as your cell/pda, and becomes your on-line concierge avoiding all the internet clutter. The on-line concierge would understand my tastes. It would do my food, clothing and accessory shopping – and it would recommend things I might like.

    Okay, okay, who am I kidding – accesory shopping? Ha!


  12. heidenkind
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 12:15 pm

    I can see reading something on a cell that’s short that doesn’t require much brain power–a short story or a comic book, for example–but I don’t want to “curl up with a good cell phone” and spend hours upon hours staring at it. :S


  13. Lily
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 1:11 pm

    NO, NO , NO… I love technology as much as the next 21st century woman, but I don’t want to read my books on my cell phone. I’m one of those people who has it all, ipod, i phone, blackberry, even a sony e-reader for my e books… the whole nine yards. I’m texting with one hand and calling some one with the other. Still, there is nothing like the feel of a book in my hands as I turn the pages. I tried to watch movies/TV on my cell phone and it was a disaster, I felt like Gulliver in Lilliput. So I’m sure I wouldn’t want to read a book on my cell phone screen.

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