3D + 3G = TNTC

If you haven’t yet watched a 3D printer at work, hang on to your shorts. I’ll get to that. First I’d like to present two kinds of 3G, one 3G as in internet service via Kindle and another 3G as in three giveaways.

Keeping priorities straight, I’m listing my current giveaways first.
1. Lionel’s Grand Adventure ebook for the Summer Reads Hop (through Jul 11)
2. Literary Addicts Kindle Fire Giveaway sponsored by 10 authors (through Jul. 13)
3. Amazon Gift Cards Giveaway $150 & $50 sponsored by another 10 authors (through Jul 20)

Now for the internet kind of 3G. Don’t worry–I’m not going to explain how it works, just tell you why you should have it if you travel much. I went on a trip this weekend. Along the road, my Sprint network phone wouldn’t always get a signal. But my Kindle’s signal didn’t dwindle. That’s almost a tongue twister, but it’s true. I read my email on my 3G Kindle. Funny how technology keeps setting new standards in our expectations, because it seemed slow in comparison to my phone. But I was happy to get any signal in what my hubby calls the boon-toolies of Georgia. Just a couple months ago, I chose the Kindle with a keyboard over the newer models because of that free 3G feature, and I’m glad I did. No other e-reader has the ability to get free internet where there’s no wi-fi available. I posted e-readers specs and reviews here. And here’s where to purchase the same Kindle I did: Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display – includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers

I spent most of the trip editing my first book, a middle grade fantasy titled Earth Won. But I keep wondering if the number of readers will sustain the growing number of authors with so many other diversions available. Gaming already tore my sons away from reading for the most part, and we already have 3D entertainment in both movies and games. Now the first 3D home printers are available. Who could resist the fun of a Cubify at a mere $1299? This printer includes 25 creations with more available every day. I can see these printing apps growing as fast as Android apps. Plus, you can design your own printing project. Another toy to take away reading time from those interested in making or designing just about anything.

Yes, I was being sarcastic about the price of the Cubify printer. There are some 3D printers cheap enough that I predict they’ll be on many Christmas wish lists this year, and I’m talking a kit at $149 that needs some additional parts and one for $350 assembled. Check out this chart on 3Dprinting.com for low priced 3D printers (up to $3500 if you want to get fancy).

And that’s how I got TNTC as the answer to 3D + 3G. TNTC means too numerous to count in laboratory shorthand. All the ways you can spend time on 3D movies, gaming and printing and 3G internet are too numerous to count. Giving the 24 hours per day maximum, I hope that leaves a little time for reading. Maybe the answer should be NTFR, or no time for reading. And maybe I should switch to writing 3D design specs. Sigh. Anyway, here’s the video I promised. I chose this one because it shows how to use a Kinect scanner to create the model of whatever you’re going to print.

I’d love to know if you think your reading time has increased or decreased so far due to new technology. After all, ereaders are still fairly new technology. I’d also like to know if you think your reading time will decrease in the future because of new technology. Thanks for visiting!

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. I saw some of those 3D printers at work about seven years ago. Simply amazing. Of course, those devices were much more expensive and were designed to make prototype parts for manufacturing companies. It’s amazing how they can turn high tech into toys these days.

    I’m not sure if e-readers have increased the amount of time I spend reading, but it has certainly increased the amount of money I spend on books.

  2. I still haven’t seen a 3D printer in person.

    I may read a little more now because I’m more likely to have my kindle in my purse when I get stuck waiting somewhere. But I spend less money on books because I get them free from WLC or from following twitter tweet links. I’m about 50 behind now.

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