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I have two kids - a girl and a boy - and live in north-central Minnesota, land of snow and ice. Well, for 9 months of the year, that is. I work full-time for a local government, and on my "free time" I enjoy cooking, baking, hanging out with my kiddos, and RELAXING.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Why I Love...

My Kindle.

I got a Kindle for Christmas from my mom and step-dad. I was so excited.

Do you know what a Kindle is?? Maybe you don't. I opened it up and said, "OH! A KINDLE!" And everyone besides my mom looked at me like I was crazy. The only reason she knew what it was is because she purchased it for me.

I think only book freaks like me know what a Kindle is. So, allow me to enlighten you.

A Kindle is a magical device that holds hundreds of books. Actually, more like 1,500 according to Amazon. The Kindle was created by and is owned by Amazon and all book purchases consequently go through Amazon. It's probably a pretty good money-maker for them. I myself never purchased books through Amazon before this. Well, occasionally. But usually I bought my books through Christian Book Distributors.

But that is neither here nor there.

My Kindle weights 10.2 ounces and is thinner than a magazine. Well, with the case on it's actually slightly heavier and about the thickness of O magazine.

No, I'm not a huge fan of O. I get it for free. Some deal I found somewhere...

When I first got my Kindle I was worried only the most popular books would be available. Not so. I can find many of the Christian authors I enjoy for the same price as CBD. Sometimes even less. I can also download books from anywhere. I don't need to be connected to the internet; Kindle runs off 3G wireless. So basically anywhere I have cell phone service I can download books. In less than sixty seconds. I was skeptical about that, but so far of my 8 downloads it appears to be true. Buying a book is quick and easy with One-Click charged to my credit card.

Kindle has text-to-speech which means it can read out loud to me. The battery life is amazing. And there is no back light. What I mean by that is that it isn't like looking at a computer screen. It's like looking at paper. I can't read it in the dark because it doesn't glow, but that also means I won't get eye strain or headaches like I do staring at a computer for hours on end. Consequently, it doesn't reflect sunlight so I can read it outside on my tropical vacations.

Although I sit in the shade anyway.

Kindle comes with the New Oxford American Dictionary so I can look up definitions of words without leaving the book I'm in. It supports PDF files. I can subscribe to newspapers to be delivered directly to my Kindle first thing in the morning. If I were in to that sort of thing.

I get my daily dose of news from MSN.

Kindle has a full keyboard which allows me to make notes in any books, papers, or articles I read. Probably will never take advantage of that, but you never know.

My absolute favorite thing about my Kindle is its size. It's so small. So light. So easy. When I go on vacation for a week I usually bring about five books. (I'm a fast reader.) You can just image how much room five books will take up in a suitcase. And how much they weigh. It's ridiculous. Especially now that I have to pay to bring my clothes on vacation with me. So lame.

In any case, my Kindle is saving me time, money, and back strain. And that's why I love it.

1 comment:

  1. I think I am jealous of this. Granted, I like the feel and smell and look of good old-fashioned books. But how convenient! I definitely want to play with it next time I see you :-) I'm so glad you let me play with your cool stuff :-D