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.