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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. Meljean
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 00:49:39

    Oh, my. I want.

  2. Anne Douglas
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 06:10:55

    ooooh, shiny… Oh wait, it’s an hp :(. Wonder if I can strike a deal with Mac to do the same thing :)

  3. BevQB
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 06:38:55

    Now THAT is what I want to add to my “What I want in an e-reader” Wish List! I realize that it’s a laptop (probably qualifies as an UMPC), but is there any reason that e-reader manufacturers couldn’t think designer clutch look, too? I WILL be checking this baby out when more details become available.

    And I have to give props to Lindsay over at Urban Fantasy Land for pointing it out to me.

  4. Kristen
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 06:49:33

    Wow. That’s hot. Too bad it’s an HP.

  5. Angela James
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 07:46:06

    Oh, my. I want.

    Funny, that’s exactly what I was going to say.

  6. DS
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 08:14:08

    I don’t know about this. I am rather lusting after some of the wooden computer cases I’ve seen, but I’m a bit hard on the things I carry around.

    Eco friendly computer cases here:

  7. Anne Douglas
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 08:23:34

    Out of curiosity would those of you with eReaders consider buying handcrafted fabric slip over covers for your standard jackets that come with the readers? Or are people only interested in leather etc?

  8. Jayne
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 08:49:50

    Anne, I think it’s beeyuteful but…I would worry about the durability. For right now, I’m sticking with the leather-ish cover my ereader came with.

  9. lakaribane
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 08:55:49

    I’m in love! Doesn’t HP already have this color thing going on another line of laptops?

    But the shape + color is just to die for!!!

    Man, I’m having incredible fashionista/geek karma this week. First I found this: and now HP is trying to lure me to the dark side…

  10. Jane
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 09:11:52

    for a true fashionista sewing experience, take a look at Be aware, though, that it sizes very small and its arm holes are for stick women.

  11. Jane
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 09:14:54

    Out of curiosity would those of you with eReaders consider buying handcrafted fabric slip over covers for your standard jackets that come with the readers? Or are people only interested in leather etc?

    I wouldn’t be and only because it would be a slip over cover and not integrated into the system. Unless the slipcover would fit super tight and not look like an add on, I wouldn’t be interested.

  12. Anne Douglas
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 09:29:28

    So instead of sitting down to do edits Anne makes a 15 min prototype… sigh.

    Please bear in mind this was done in 10-15mins (with ironing time, lol!) and I muffed the measurements by 1/2 an inch:

    Quilted/padded, high quality quilting fabric.

  13. Jane
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 09:37:08

    A picture . . . I take back what I said before. That’s pretty awesome.

  14. MoJo
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 09:40:04

    Oh, lakaribane and Jane with the sewing patterns, you have made my day (and it’s only just begun!).

    Please let me return the favor: Amazon Vinegar and Pickling Works Drygoods The four catalogs are worth the price and the wait.

    Anne, I have an eBookWise, so that wouldn’t work for me, but yours looks lovely!

  15. Anne Douglas
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 09:41:50

    eBookwise don’t have covers? What about Kindles?

  16. MoJo
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 09:44:55

    It doesn’t hold like a book. It’s just one piece without the little fold-over thing like a book cover. It has a faux leather “bag” type thing that is inconvenient as all git-out.

  17. BevQB
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 09:55:56

    Anne, LOVE your fabric choice! I don’t have an eReader (YET!) but I’d like to offer my $.02. I have covers for print books (with attached bookmarks) that I whipped up with felt remnants and glue. In order to SELL fabric covers, however, I think they would have to offer more craftmanship— maybe quilting and/or padding (for appearance and protection) and a fancy-schmancy closure (frog, loop with fancy button, etc.). Plus I would suggest that the covers be custom fit to each eReader.

  18. Meriam
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 09:58:05

    Anne – that is lovely indeed. I want one for my Sony…

  19. Anne Douglas
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 10:04:51

    In order to SELL fabric covers, however, I think they would have to offer more craftmanship-‘ maybe quilting and/or padding (for appearance and protection) and a fancy-schmancy closure (frog, loop with fancy button, etc.). Plus I would suggest that the covers be custom fit to each eReader.

    Oh very much so. This was just a 15min prototype and is missing all the bells and whistles, pockets and closures etc.

    Of course, I just gave everyone a great idea now, so I’ve probably shot myself in the foot ROFL

  20. Jane
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 10:05:54

    Set yourself up an Etsy store girl. I’ll post a link. :)

  21. lakaribane
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 10:25:58

    Ok, I just opened a giant can of worms here: sewing/craft and the web!

    Jane, Anne and Mojo, do all you guys sew? Because last summer, my life changed again (after 99 and discovering the internet, 01 and discovering the online romance community): I stumbled across my first sewing/craft blog and ever since, my mojo is back.

    Anne, I definitely second Jane’s rec of Etsy. I lurve Etsy so bad. If I didn’t live in the 3rd world, I would soooo have an Etsy shop. Then again, maybe it’s a good thing I can’t have Paypal…Anywayyy, is that Amy Butler fabric?

    I do have a eBookwise too! And as MoJo says, the pocket isn’t the most convenient thing I’ve handled. But Maybe Anne, you could try, knits? To get that “fits like a glove” angle? Though, can you quilt knits? I did buy some fabric book sleeves at Home Depot, my last trip to Fl. Put them on my dictionaries. I’ll try to find the brand name for you.

    Uh…this was originally a tech post, right? ‘Cause I can’t shut up about sewing, let me tell you! So, to steer this back (slightly) on subject, have you guys seen all those computerized pattern softwares for home sewing? I guess the industry has been using that for a while but to do it at home, blows my mind!!! (reminder: I live in a severely low-tech environment)

    Ugh! Boss alert, got to go [pretend to] work…

  22. Anne Douglas
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 10:31:43

    Lakaribane – I’m already on eBay and etsy. Been doing eBay and selling kids clothes for a good 6 years now, and yes, that is AB fabric.

    If any of the crafty ladies haven’t found this blog yet, you’re missing out:

    and if you’re into homewares:

  23. MoJo
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 10:44:44

    do all you guys sew?

    I do, when I have time. I made my wedding dress and it won a prize at the state fair. A lot of my college credits (you know, the ones I didn’t really need for anything whatsoever) were fashion merchandising, garment and costume construction. I still have (and use) the same metal (in plastic carrying case) Brother sewing machine I got for Christmas when I was 15 (25 years ago) and it was old THEN and had been refurbished.

    My first love, before sewing, though, is counted cross stitch and hand embroidery (which I hand-embroidered my wedding dress, too).

  24. Jane
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 12:23:30

    I do. In fact, I joke sometimes to my friends that some day I’m going to ditch dearauthor and start up a sewing blog. I started doing home dec things and then moved to sewing for my daughter. That’s pretty much exclusively what I do now minus the occasional bag or home dec item.

    I am in the process of ordering a bunch of Japanese pattern books from this etsy seller and I buy these European patterns: Ottobre Design and Farbenmix.

  25. Anne Douglas
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 12:28:33

    Beware, blatant OT crosspromotion ahead

    Jane – go to eBay and search IvyLane Boutique (possibly add custom on the end) and take a gander. I’m Honeybkids, the rest are my sewing group. You’ll see quite a few familiar patterns (although mine are originals not from Ottobre or Farbenmix. The original series of farbenmix patterns were illustrated by one of the women in my sewing group.

    NOw back to prototype #2 :)

  26. MoJo
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 12:32:11

    Jane, my husband got me this for Christmas, and I’ve had this since the movie came out.

    Edited to add that sometimes I think the Japanese have a better handle on western clothing (historical and otherwise) than western clothing historians.

  27. Jane
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 12:35:13

    I really like the first one, MoJo. Am writing that down. One of my favorite coffee table sewing books is the Madeleine Vionnet book. Someday I am going to make one of her dresses. You know, when I conquer my fear of the silk charmuese.

  28. MoJo
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 12:38:22

    One of my favorite coffee table sewing books is the Madeleine Vionnet book.


    when I conquer my fear of the silk charmeuse

    It’s not that bad. You have to have the right needles (blunt) and using a serger helps (I don’t have one), especially if you’re cutting on the bias.

  29. Jane
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 12:38:31

    I didn’t see anything by Honeybkids but I did recognize that $299 dress as the Olivia Farbenmix pattern.

    Edited to add: did search on your seller name. Very cute. I like the idea of putting adjustable straps on the jumper. That makes a lot of sense.

  30. lakaribane
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 13:04:21

    Ladies, you are wrecking all my good resolutions. The boss is off to lunch so I’m checking out all the links.

    I remember going to the Chanel exhibit at the Metropolitan museum the last time I went to NY (05?) but the price of the book was eeeeek.

    Jane, OMG, it’s too much. First the books, than the law thing and now sewing. If you ever run for office, you have my vote (not that I can vote in the US but whatever!)

    MoJo, AGES ago, I’d found the Amazon Drygoods ad at the back of some magazine or other but didn’t have a credit card back then (Thank God! I have slightly more self-control now). And I don’t know how to draft patterns: my grandmother and aunt, the master seamstresses, both live in Canada and my mother wasn’t into sewing much. I just use patterns.

    I only found out about Ottobre on the sewing blogs but I use burda. I’m addicted to their opensource/fan site too, burdastyle but haven’t done any of the free patterns. They just introduced a pattern for kids this week.

    I guess all you guys must know about patternreview, then?

    Anne, will check out your shops but added your blog to GReader and yon mentioned two things that I think all sewers/crafters can relate to : clutter (form that OC prob re: fabric and patterns and trims and buttons and, and…you get the picture) and no having a dedicated sewing/craft room. Le sigh.

    Silk charmeuse…on the BIAS?!?!?!?! I’ve sewn two difficult fabrics (IMO) so far and both for my mother: some sort of taffeta I had to use strips of paper or the stitches skipped and embroidered cotton voile with that see-through madness.

    I hope to set up a sewing blog in addition to my “serious” blog…that I’ve been neglecting for months now. I think it sort of helps you keep sewing to see others do stuff…just like I needed online friends to share the romance novels with! (Is it a bad sign that I keep picking up solitary hobbies?)

  31. Jane
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 13:13:02

    Never heard of the open source burdastyle thing. Very cool. Thanks!

  32. Anne Douglas
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 13:22:59

    Neither had I, I’m going to have to join up!

  33. Evangeline
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 14:40:53

    I have a love/hate relationship with sewing. On one hand, I have been designing my own clothing since I was 12, but on the other hand, I hate the sewing process. I love purchasing fabric, designing the clothing, laying out the pattern, making the pattern, and so on, but getting down to the nitty gritty? Arg..aggravating. But it’s so funny to see how many people sew, and sew well. *g*

  34. Janine
    Sep 20, 2008 @ 16:09:37

    I envy all of you who sew. It’s dangerous for me to get anywhere near a sewing machine.

    As for this HP, it is a thing of beauty, but I wonder if it wouldn’t be difficult to keep clean and match to outfits.

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