I just discovered I don't have to wait for Kindle to be available in Turkey. Software for Kindle is free and downloadable now, so I can put digital books on our laptops. (Download Kindle software for PC here.)* While laptops aren't the most comfortable devices for reading books, they are better than not being able to get access to books in English, or lugging suitcases full of books all over the world!!!! And with Kindle for PC, I'm getting newly released bestsellers for $9.99 each, older bestsellers for as little as $5, and some classics by the likes of Shakespeare, Dickens, Conan Doyle, for free, or almost free.
See this article by author and neuroscientist Dan Agin in The Huffington Post, "Kindle Armageddon: How the Publishing Industry Is Slitting Its Own Throat." (Tip of the Hat to Henry Hutton, one of the founding members of Lulu.com, for linking to this article.) I don't necessarily agree with Agin that "big print publishing is finished," but I do think that digital books will become -- ARE FAST BECOMING -- a MAJOR source of reading. Amazon.com reported that e-book sales overtook print sales for the first time at Christmas, 2009.
* For some strange reason, Amazon.com would not let me download Kindle for PC or Kindle books as long as my IP address identified my location as outside the U.S. So I had to download Kindle for PC software from TuCows, and I had to log into Amazon.com using a proxy server to trick Amazon.com's server into thinking I was logging in from the United States. I'm a U.S. citizen, and longtime Amazon.com user with a U.S. mailing address, so why would Amazon block me from logging into their site from abroad?
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