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Morning Lineup – February 9

Thursday Morning – Things to Read

There was a tragic accident last evening involving a fire department paramedic that is also notable for its unusual occurrence.  An automobile fire on I-395 in Arlington County, Virginia, during the evening rush hour brought units from both Arlington and Alexandria FRD's.  The location of the incident was on a stretch of highway that bridges a rocky creek about 30 or more feet below and one of the Alexandria paramedics fell over the guardrail and dropped to the creekbed where he was critically injured.

Dave Statter has been keeping up with the developing story on STATter911 since it occurred and I recommend that you check on the STORY HERE to both learn a lesson and be informed of the unfolding narrative.  It is not known yet what led to the medic's plunge.

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For the past month I have been getting emails and FB messages from people telling me that they have been acquiring e-readers, mostly as gifts, and they are really pleased (shall I add "excited"?) with their new devices.  Most of them have been getting the Amazon Kindle e-reader, although sales reports show that Barnes & Noble's Nook is doing pretty well, too.  The Sony e-reader is a distant third, but I think that's due to a heavy advertising imbalance rather than quality of product.  One acquaintence of mine said that his wife gave him one for an early Valentine's gift.  And from the joy I "heard" in his announcement, I could tell that she really hit the spot with that one.

You know by now that I, too, am an enthusiastic booster of the eBook readers and am equally fascinated by the rapid growth of their usage in what is an inevitable transfer of reading habits from print to digital.  A recent article in Wireless and Mobile News reported,

The share of adults in the United States who own tablets or eReaders nearly doubled (in the past year…ed.) reported Pew Research. The main reason for this surge apparently is the introduction of the lower-priced Kindle Fire and Nook as well as the price drop of eReaders below $100.

This is the kind of information we expected because Amazon sold a record number of Kindle Fire tablets. When tablets like the HP TouchPad cost less than $200 they sold-out.

They go on to tell us that the share of adults in the United States who own tablets went from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January. The same surge in growth also applied to eBook readers, which also jumped from 10% to 19% over the same time period. The number of Americans owning one tablet or e-reader went from 18% in December to 29% in January.  Now that is an impressive statistic.

Now let's make an impressive statistic ourselves and fill out our morning equipment check sheets.  I'll get the coffee started.   See you back in the day room in a little while.

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Amazon Kindle prices begin at $79.

CLICK HERE to review the different models offered.
(Firegeezer recommends the Touch-3G model)

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