Friday, January 7, 2011

My Kindle! My Kindle! My Kindle!

Excited is how I feel about my Christmas gift of a Kindle, Amazon’s electronic reader.

            Yeah, I’ve been a hold out on this electronic book craze, but now admit, it is not a trend, but is the future. We’ll always have printed books (thank God), but we may as well come aboard with the electronic publishing world.

            A writer friend just published her first novel with this new fangled book bindery. She wants me to write a review. Well, I needed a Kindle, didn’t? Did I mention I wanted one anyway? Her book was my first download. $5.99! I’ve paid way more for books in print version.

            I chose a spunky apple green cover for my Kindle and I advise you invest in a good leather cover. It’s protective, plus just fun and easy to find if mislaid.

            It took me gobs of time to read the user’s manual and I know I will have to go back to it many times. I was happily surprised at all the Kindle offers. You can link to blogs, newspapers and of course, the Kindle store. Many downloads are free. Yes, free. One of the best things is when you travel or when you just go to Starbucks, it is so, so easy to carry. Normally, when I travel, at least 3-4 books take up valuable space in my suitcase. Not any more.

            I received the $139 version and I’m sure that will serve me well.


  1. I got that too, Judy! I really like it, but I definitely agree with your sentiment "We'll always have printed books (Thank God!)". I am having a difficult time adjusting to the lack of physical joys of reading - you know, the feel of the book in my hands, the paper against my fingers, and the subtle differences in smell of old books, new books, borrowed books.... I'll be interested in hearing your impression after you've used it some more.

  2. Oh, geez, one more electronic device I might just NEED? Is that too strong a word? Maybeeee not. Hmm, I have a birthday coming up. Is that too much money for the old lady's gift?
    There better always be books in the physical sense; I need those too!