Kindle infatuation

2008 August 18
by Stace
I love my Kindle. I mean it. I really, really do. I’d hold its hand and take long walks on beaches at sunset with it, if I could. That’s how much I love it.

If you don’t know what a Kindle is, go to Amazon and check it out. It’s an e-reader, but a whole new kind of e-reader. For one thing, it uses the new technology of electronic ink, so there’s no back-lighting to tire your eyes. It doesn’t require a computer to download books since it is able on its own to connect to Amazon and download the books you want to buy. I could go on and on. Check it out at Amazon for more info.

Before I got the Kindle, I had mostly given up on reading in the truck (though books were still a big part of my life, in the form of audiobooks, which are my lifesaver while driving). We don’t have the room to store a lot of books, and my eyes aren’t what they used to be, so what with bouncing around and all in a moving truck, it made reading pretty impossible.

But now I have the Kindle. I can make the text bigger or smaller, depending on conditions or how tired my eyes are. If I decide I want a break from the book I’m reading, I can zip online and download a different one in a couple of minutes. And the prices are good, too.

Recently, Tor Books gave away free copies of 18 different sci-fi/fantasy titles to Kindle readers, basically as a promotion for the release of these books’ sequels. Other publishers have given us freebies as well (though not as many as Tor just did). What fun! I recently finished one of the Tor books, “Spin” by Robert Charles Wilson. It was excellent. Two others weren’t nearly as good, but hey, 33% success so far isn’t too bad, and I probably never would have found the “Spin” author otherwise.

I’ve also got hundreds of great works of literature published before 1900 or so, downloaded onto computer from Project Gutenberg — for free. It’s simple to transfer the files to the Kindle. I recently read all the Barchestor series of books by Anthony Trollope, all for free. I recommend Trollope, by the way. All the Barchestor books are witty, entertaining and smart, with the exception of the first book in the group, “The Warden,” which only lacks much of the humor of the other books, but makes up for it in sincerity.

Currently on my reading list, “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins.

Yippee! I love my Kindle.

6 Responses
  1. 2008 August 19

    I don’t trust no electronic ink. I don’t like no idea of no ink squirming around on the page like tiny little worms. What else is that ink doing in there? I don’t trust it. I’ll take my ink on paper just like my grandpa. Course Grandpa couldn’t read none. So I guess he didn’t much care about the ink.

  2. 2008 August 19

    So how much is Amazon paying you to pretend like that Kindle is the greatest product ever? I hope its a pretty good paycheck for you. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

  3. 2008 August 19

    Ha Ha! Squirming ink worms.

  4. 2008 August 19

    Do they show videos on that Kindle? I don’t like reading much but I like the movies. I like that Tom Cruise. He’s hot. Does that Kindle have Tom Cruise on it? Thanks

  5. 2008 August 19

    You love your Kindle? Love?

    I think love should be between one man and one woman. And Jesus. Everybody should love Jesus. Even the men. Its not gay for men to love Jesus. Those gays are trying to take over the world. Well, Jesus will have something to say about that, yes Sir.

  6. 2008 August 19

    Hey! Is Amazon paying us to talk about the Kindle? Because I love mine, too. Not as much as I love my XPS, but I would be willing to go on a short walk with the Kindle at sunset. I want to get paid, too.

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