Thursday, April 12, 2012

K is for Kindle

I am finally the proud owner of an e-reader. I off buying one because I really enjoy the smell and feel of books. I don't, however, enjoy the bulk and the weight of carrying them around. And when you're reading in the bath, it's hard to keep your fingers dry enough to turn the pages without leaving little watermarks.

I didn't actually buy myself an e-reader; I received my Kindle from my sister, A, for my birthday. I knew it was coming, but not because I am a sneaky present peeker. I was planning to buy myself a Kindle with our tax return, and when I called to ask for my sister's advice (she has had a kindle for a little over a year now) she told me not to buy one. It didn't take a genius to put two and two together; it was only 3 weeks before my birthday. Also, a week before my birthday, she emailed me to ask how important it was that my Kindle could read out loud to me. I didn't even know that was possible.

My Kindle skin. source.
My brother in law, J, and his wife, B, presented me with a $25 gift card for I was so excited I logged on right then to buy a book (Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter) and a skin for my kindle. (I like to personalize my things.) I also signed up for a free trial of amazon Prime. Prime offers free two-day shipping and access to one book a month from the Amazon readers library.Eighty dollars a year is a great price, it's just not in our budget right now, so I will be cancelling my Prime account after my 30-day free trial is over.

I love my kindle. I can borrow books from my local library and I can borrow from and lend books to other kindle owners. (This is possibly why my sister gave me a Kindle; we read a lot of similar books.) I can also subscribe to a feed from my favorite blogs, but I haven't gotten that part figured out yet. Also, I have very iffy wireless access.

I really love that with the kindle app on my droid smartphone I can sync my devices and read my books even when I leave the kindle at home.My bookmark is in the same spot on my phone and my Kindle. It's great for those moments when you don't plan on being anywhere you have to wait, but lo and behold your child needs stitches and you rush out of the house to the doctor with only your child, your phone and hopefully your ID. Or maybe you just spontaneously decide to take the little ones to the park in the middle of running errands. With the kids, a purse, a diaper bag, a phone and myself to get out the door, my Kindle is not on my list of things I can't leave the house without.

I would totally recommend getting an e-reader. I'm not being paid to say this, I just think they are very cool. I feel very Star Trek reading from an electronic device rather than a paper and ink book. I am 57% through my current book, so if you don't mind, I'm going to go read now.


  1. I like to read people's opinions of e-readers! I want the hubby to get me one for my birthday, but I don't know what kind yet. Sounds like they're all awesome ine their own way!

    1. I borrowed my sister in laws nook. I don't know if it was just an older version of if they are all this way but I found the nook to be great except that it is thicker and heavier than the kindle.

  2. Glad you are enjoying your Kindle. It's the best ereader to get imho.

    Nice to meet you, and I hope you're enjoying the Challenge!

    A to Z Challenge Host

    1. My sister said the same thing. My husband wishes I would put it down and clean the house.

  3. i love my kindle--and i love your kindle skin!
    Just A-Zing around!

  4. There were so many cool skins to choose from. This wasn't my number one pick, being an impulsive kind of person, but my mother and sister pointed out, that of my top three, this is the one I will still like 5 years from now. Even my not-so-into-sci-fi/fantasy husband things it's cool looking.


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