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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Jia
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 11:55:50

    What? No red? Bah. I’ll wait until more colors come out.

  2. veinglory
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 12:27:42

    I have a hankering for a 7″ mini-lap. I have sepnt the last two days trying to buy an ASUS eee pc 8g and not managed it yet. Any advice re: repitable online stores with this in stock?

  3. BevQB
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 14:00:21

    Emily, I’m not sure which particular model or OS you’re looking for, but there are a few different models of the Asus UMPCs available through and

    Jane, that little Dell is way cool. If I didn’t already have the 12.1″ HP, I’d definitely consider it. At 2.2 pounds, it’s still a little heavy to be used as my main ebook reader, but it would be a great solution if I had to choose only one all purpose device.

    Although I have to admit that this Dell and some of the UMPCs concern me because they are offering Windows XP instead of Vista. Yes, I know Vista can be a PITA, but whether Microsoft replaces it quickly as it did with ME, or whether it continues to improve it, I worry about buying a device that has an older OS installed. Especially knowing that I couldn’t upgrade the OS without considerable additional expense and hassles to accommodate a resource hog like Vista. And while I know there are other OSs available, like Linux, it all goes back to needing a way to read my gazillion .LIT ebooks.

    In any case, if Astak doesn’t come through with .LIT support on their 6″ eReader (and assuming Kindle 2.0 doesn’t add support for .LIT), I’ve been debating whether to go ahead and get the Asus, but it’s the XP that’s had me hesitating.

  4. Ann Bruce
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 14:06:24

    I’d wait for more memory and disk space. Max RAM is 1 GB, unless you want to pop it out and install your own, which then voids the warranty. SSDs are great…but the price point is too high for what you get. If you have to haul around an external HD, what’s the point of a UMPC?

  5. veinglory
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 14:36:57

    I am after the ASUS EEE PC 8G model–Amazon is out of stock, gave me the run around until I cancelled out of frustration, newegg is out of stock, bestbuy lists no 7″ models. I have been trying, it seems not to be had from any major retailer that I know of.

  6. Jane
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 14:40:11

    Do you have a Costco membership? I know that you can order them online through costco. I’m intrigued by the Dell but am waiting for a Touchscreen.

  7. veinglory
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 14:46:17

    Costco don’t seem to list anything below a 9″ :( I may end up saving some money here….

  8. roslynholcomb
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 14:51:10

    I’ve been trying to find it somewhere local. I need to actually be able to type on the thing to justify buying one, and I won’t know that until I actually try it. Office Depot claims to have it, but I haven’t found it anywhere around here. Might just have to order it online and take a leap of faith.

  9. BevQB
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 15:05:12

    The other day, in the Perfect eReader comments, Barbara mentioned that she had an HTC Advantage. It’s a Windows Mobile PDA phone with a 5″ screen- although the strong magnets make it not such a good idea to carry in a purse with credit cards nearby.

    BTW, after mentioning the weight on the Dell, I got curious about the Asus’ weight. WOW! I was surprised that even the smallest one weighs in at 2 pounds (in contrast, my iPAQ weighs about 6 oz). I may need to rethink my backup plan if Astak doesn’t come through for me.

    BTW, does anyone know if I’m right in assuming that Microsoft Reader will NOT run in Linux?

  10. Jia
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 17:43:31

    The lack of Vista on most netbooks is due to the hardware, isn’t it? Most netbooks have less RAM and slower processors and as a result, Vista just won’t run as efficiently or well. My impression has always been it’s a sacrifice of power for portability and affordability.

  11. gwen hayes
    Sep 05, 2008 @ 01:58:18

    Emily…Target has Asus computers on their website. Both the older and the newer.

  12. veinglory
    Sep 05, 2008 @ 08:46:10

    Thanks, gwen. they also don’t have the 8G but I gave in and ordered the 4G with XP. Which does save me some money.

  13. Mark Samson
    Dec 08, 2009 @ 17:27:37

    The best deal I have found so far is at I got a huge bundle with a MSI Netbook, cooling stand, wireless mouse, case, usb drive, dvd-rw, and a ton of software. They also had easy pay which made it an even easier decision.

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