The Kindle isn’t new technology. It’s been around long enough to be second generation–three if you count the larger version that can read textbooks and newspapers easier. But, it’s technology I’ve whole-heartedly embraced.
My Kindle was a birthday present complete with a red leather case. My dilemma–what book to download first. It had to be significant. Not just any book would do. In the end, I copped out–I downloaded a Kindle manual that promised to reveal secrets not contained in the manual that comes with the Kindle. In retrospect, I could have done better.
I had my doubts about the Kindle originally–despite the Kindle’s endorsement by Oprah. After all, Oprah uses it when she goes on plane trips. Other people load their Kindles up with multiple books when they go on vacation. I, on the other hand, would be using my Kindle in my daily life. Would it be worth it?
The answer–YES. YES. And, YES! Four months and 26 books later I’d rather give up a kidney–well, maybe not really. I mean, what are the odds? I never thought I would give up “real” books. I love books. I love to have them in my library and be able to look through them and leaf through them occasionally. They are both old friends and passageways to new adventures. The downside–too many books and nowhere to put them.
The Kindle was my greatest birthday present ever! Here are some of the best reasons I know to buy a Kindle now:
1. You can store up to 1500 books on your Kindle which eliminates a whole room of bookcases.
2. You won’t go to the bookstore and buy a book you already have. If you try to buy a duplicate book on Kindle, Amazon alerts you that you already have it.
3. At the doctor’s office and you just finished the last three pages of your current novel? You can select and download books easily right from your Kindle.
4. No more waiting in line or trips to the bookstore. I preordered Dan Brown’s latest, The Lost Symbol. I went to bed on September 14th and awoke September 15th and it was already there. Fantastic!
5. It’s a great conversation piece. People who don’t have a Kindle want to see the pages and hear about how you download books. My bright red leather jacket for my Kindle always draws oohs and ahhs.
6. People know you are reading something, but they don’t know what. The Kindle is the perfect little brown bag when it comes to books. You can switch from Bridget Jone’s Diary to Dostoevesky’s War and Peace to show them the device. They’ll think you’re pretty high brow.
7. It’s lighter weight than many books. And turning the page is accomplished by the touch of a button–one on either side for added convenience. I can prop it up on my leg keeping it stationary, and just click a button. Ah, but I wish I had had my Kindle when I read Philippa Gregory’s Cleopatra–a 10-pound bulky read that I loved.
8. You can never lose your page. It opens up to the last page you read. You can also never lose a book if you purchased it through Amazon.com. It archives them for you.
9. It just went down in price–after I had mine, of course!
10. For people who don’t have an iPod, a Blackberry or other technology, it’s a great way to feel hooked in to the technology age.
11. There are tons of free books online that you can download–some from Amazon.com and some from sites I found in that manual I bought!