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Monday, February 22

5 Things You Might Not Know About the Kindle

  1. It uses e-ink technology. That means NO backlit screen. It reads like paper and doesn’t cause the same eye strain as reading on a computer or iPhone. It also means a very long battery life {a month at a time} if you turn the wireless connection off.
  2. You can get a lot of free and really cheap books, especially the classics.
  3. You can read it in the bathtub! Just buy a water-proof or splash-proof case and you’re good to go. Or you can do the poor-woman’s version and stick it in a gallon-size Zip-loc bag or double-bag it if you’re paranoid}.
  4. You can put your own documents on it. Amazon will even convert them to the right format for you. All you have to do is e-mail the file.
  5. I am the proud owner of one!
That’s right. I saved up all my birthday money, and all my Christmas money {thanks again, Mom!} and all my other spending money and ordered a second generation Kindle in January. Verdict? I’m in love. I used to think e-readers were silly. But then I learned about the e-ink technology and decided to give them another look. I’m very glad I did. Faramir {that’s my Kindle’s name, Faramir Took} is easy to read with one hand. That makes reading while breastfeeding much, much easier. Every time we’ve moved I’ve left behind a lot of books {they’re heavy and they take up a lot of space}. Now I don’t have to do that; considering we’ll be moving again relatively soon that’s a comfort. Plus I can take notes and “clip” sections. I can also scroll to a word I’m unfamiliar with and the definition pop-ups. Neat, huh?
An e-reader isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. And don’t think I don’t still love the dead-tree version of books, I do. But I’m thrilled with my Kindle. That’s why I wrote this post. What, did you think I was getting paid to write this? Ha! I wish! Nope, I just really love the Kindle and wanted you to know.
Do you have an e-reader? Do you think you’d like one? What’s your favorite gadget? Tell me in the comments!

24 Stubborn Stains:

Mel said...

"a month?" I think that's a bit of an exaggeration!

I love my Kindle, too! I also like how it syncs with my iPhone, so I can read my current book on either device, and be right where I left off.

Every so often, when I have my Kindle connected, I copy the contents of the documents folder to a folder on my Mac. Then I have backups of the non-Amazon stuff, like books I've grabbed from Gutenberg.org.

Oh, and if you haven't checked out RekindleIt (www.rekindle.it) for reading web pages, you should.

Erin said...

I have been coveting a Kindle for a couple of years now and have not been able to convince my husband that it is a good idea. I'm glad you love yours though!

Rebecca J. Sutton said...

Thanks for this post! It couldn't have come at a better time...I just decided this weekend to get an e-reader. BUT, I am a huge B&N fan, and I feel disloyal if I choose a Kindle over the Nook. Did you (or anyone) consider the Nook?

Collette said...

They look like a good investment. Less clutter, easy for one-handed reading. Maybe one of these days...

Holly @ Domestic Dork said...

I'm totally serious about the battery life. I went a month before I had to charge it for the first time!

The Nook isn't available in Canada, so it wasn't an option. But I think I would have chosen the Kindle. I'm not a big fan of touch screens.

Jodie said...

One of the best investments I ever made was purchasing my Kindle! I LOVE LOVE LOVE to read and the money I've saved on new releases has more than made up for the cost. I woudn't trade it for anything. Enjoy!!

Karls said...

I'm so behind the times! I have never heard of a kindle... perhaps not behind the times so much as living in Australia (which is pretty much one and the same).

The Green Family said...

That sounds too good to be true!! I will be looking into one..maybe my next 2 birthdays will cover it Ü

imemary said...

Wait, you're moving again?

Holly @ Domestic Dork said...

We're probably moving in the next year or two, depending on when and where Adam gets into school. He's in pre-med now, but the nearest med school is 3 hours away.

Shell said...

I didn't know there were free books. That is what is stopping me. I mostly get my books from the library.

Holly @ Domestic Dork said...

Yup, there are free and very cheap books. I got the Wizard of Oz series for $2.00 I think. And some libraries are even putting together systems for lending e-books. I think the Toronto library has a system for it.

Kamity said...

#4 has me sold. Maybe I'll be getting me a Kindle some day!

Mother Chick said...

I have the Sony eReader and I love it. I was a holdout for a long time because I seriously love the library, but the eReader is so convenient and it makes reading in bed so much more comfortable. Two thumbs up from me.

Wendy said...

Call me old fashion, but there is something special about holding a book or magazine or newspaper, "dog-tagging" the page you left off on, using a special bookmark, going to the library and picking out. So, no e-reader for me.

I do think the e-ink is super cool though!

And I do think this is the wave of the future in terms of text books! Neato!

KK said...

Those were all my excuses, good to know!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

It looks like a great tool! By the time my son gets to school his books may be on one.

Alison said...

Awesome! I wish I had your opinion of the Kindle last week when we were comparing the Kindle and the new Apple iPad for my grad school class. If I ever do decide to purchase a netbook, I would probably choose the Kindle also!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

My husband would LOVE this. I need to get one soon.

Been moving cross country, just landed, sorry I've been out of touch...

Lots of love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Insanitykim said...

If I read, I would so get one of those...

I have been MIA, but, I must tell you there is an award on my blog for you. Do with it what you like, just enjoy the linkage and stuff and things! :)

Sabreena said...

I got a red Sony Reader for Christmas and I too am in love. I can download library books and the cost of books is wonderful (average I've paid is 9.99). I was torn between mine and a Kindle but went with the Sony because I didn't need the wireless feature. I'm with you, these ereaders are the best invention yet.

Brittany Ciara Sheets said...

I really want a Kindle! Sometimes my classes get so boring that I just want to pull out my book and read, but that's almost impossible with a real book. I think the Kindle will be just as easy as texting in class. :P Thanks for the post, now I know it's really worth it. :)

pamela said...

I used to want one. Then I fell in love with the nook. Now I'm lusting after both. Thanks Holly.

Tracie said...

I am wanting a Kindle so bad! It would definitely save backs when I had to move again (which we do kind of frequently!)

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