Ever since the advent of electronic book readers, my husband had been urging me to get one since I am an avid reader. I tend to buy books instead of borrowing them from our public library with the result that our house was being overrun by books. This past Christmas, he convinced me that the perfect gift for me was Amazon's Kindle. I try not to say this very often (just kidding!) but MY HUSBAND WAS RIGHT! The Kindle was the perfect gift!
Why do I love my Kindle? There are four basic reasons: convenience, cost, space and the environment.
The Kindle is oh so convenient. New England had a challenging winter this past year and it began with an ice storm where we lost power for three days. I had no new books in the house to read. I turned on my Kindle, turned on the wireless and shopped for new books from the comfort of my chair. No need for me to go out on the treachous roads. How cool is that?
While the Kindle does have a pretty significant up-front cost, the cost to buy a hardcover best seller is significantly less. With the amount of books that I buy over the course of one year, I estimate that I will be off-setting the cost within the first year. After that, the savings will all be gravy.
The space savings of the Kindle is my husband's favorite part. I have one small book in my nightstand. No piles of books here there and everywhere ready to tip over. Also, when we go on vacation, I always would take a book bag stuffed with 3 or 4 books and then we would search for a bookstore at our vacation destination in order to buy more books. In August, I will be taking my Kindle. With storage for 1500 books, no need to take a heavy bag or to shop when we get somewhere. I think the new larger size Kindles would be perfect for students. Wouldn't it be great if they didn't have to carry 25 lbs of books to school everyday?
Our family has been trying to be more green in 2009 and the Kindle is a green solution. It is saving paper, ink, etc. etc. etc.
I also have found that with my Kindle, I actually read more. The fact that I was able to increase the font size to accomodate my almost 50 year old eyes might have something to do with it.
The Kindle does have other features like access to wikipedia, a dictionary built in, etc. etc. I will confess that I have not really spent much time even looking at those.
There are a few things I don't like about the Kindle. Even though Amazon has over 300,000 books available, there have been two books that weren't available. One I actually went out and bought and the other book, I ordered as an audible book to listen to when I walk. Secondly, unless I loan someone my Kindle, I cannot share a book.
What is on my Kindle currently? Everything from James Patterson to Harlan Coben to Carla Neggers. I also welcome any suggestions or recommendations for good books!
Here's to reading!