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Me and My Kindle

May 28, 2011 by in category Blogs with 2 and 0
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I got a Kindle for my birthday.

I wasn’t certain if I wanted an e-reader. Then the publishing world changed, and I went from ‘do I want an e-reader’ to ‘which e-reader do I want?’ Then the prices on the Kindle went down, and everyone I knew suddenly had one. Still I hesitated. I mean, Kindle sort of puts you in the boat with Amazon, and I’d always been a loyal Borders customer, so I was looking at the Kobo, too. But that was it–just looking.

Then the choice was taken out of my hands. I received a Kindle and an Amazon gift card from my family for my birthday.

It took me a day to take a closer look at it. I sort of circled it, as if it were a suspicious package at the airport. I turned it on, pushed this button and that. Registered it at Amazon. Read the User Guide. Tried to figure out how to make capital letters and numbers.

Once I had the lay of the land, I loaded the gift card so I had a balance at Amazon. Now the question: What do I buy?

Answer: EVERYTHING!

I suddenly remembered books I’d been meaning to buy but hadn’t chased down yet. I went looking for them and with the click of a button, I had them. Wow. Talk about instant gratification!

Like most book lovers, I have a house full of books, more than I can ever read again. They’re piling up, and we might have to charge them rent soon! The Kindle takes care of that problem, since all books live on this slim little device. I can take a long trip and bring dozens of books with me without worrying about weight limitations on my luggage. I can eat my lunch and read at the same time because I can lean the Kindle against something and not worry about trying to keep the pages open.

On my Kindle, I’ve read more books in the past week than I have in months. Also, I’m more willing to take a chance on an unknown author, since if I don’t like the book, it won’t be living in my house forever, and the price is right (there are a LOT of books for under $5 out there). Suddenly I am reading again like I used to when life was easier and I had more time to go to the bookstore. Now the bookstore comes to ME.

So here I sit, my Kindle charging next to me in preparation for a Memorial Day weekend trip, completely converted. I’ve already discovered two new authors I would never have found in the bookstore, and I look forward to finding more.

I’m a believer.

2 Comments

  • Anonymous
    on May 29, 2011

    Kathy, get the Kindle, Nook, and iBook apps for the iPad. The apps are all free. No need to chase down books for the iPad, just get them at the Kindle store or the Nook store, etc.

    Deb–I bought everything as well. Instant is dangerous.

  • Anonymous
    on May 29, 2011

    What a positive post – love it! You're pushing me that way…

    Hubby loves his Kindle but I was resisting, although I sell far more Kindle books than print. So, really, shouldn't I join my readers? lol! But I found I preferred reading on my iPad, although it seems harder to chase down books for the iPad. So, I'm slowly but surely reconsidering the Kindle and we may have to be a 2-Kindle family soon.

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