Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We're all Kindling

I've been a big fan of Amazon's Kindle since I got one last year.  My husband got one soon after, in a larger size so he could read work documents, and Drama Girl uses the Kindle app on her ipod touch.

My twins have borrowed mine quite a few times and figured out how to use it in less than a minute.  Finally forces conspired to make me take the plunge and buy them their own.

First, their required summer reading book is not to be found in any nearby library.  I'm barely able to walk these days so trudging all over town in search of a book is not my idea of fun.  I kept thinking how easy it is for me to download any book I want to my Kindle in less than a minute.

But what really tipped the scales was the fact that Amazon lowered the price again.  Sold!  The twins have their new Kindles, loaded with not only summer reading but dozens of great books. 

Jungle Boy will have a sturdy carrying case for his before he heads off to Vermont in a few weeks, and Wasabi Girl wants a pretty "skin" for hers to dress it up (my Kindle, with the Agatha Christie screen saver, is the one you see with a skin on it already.)  I promised them both skins and cases before they take them back to school, but one thing at a time as my budget allows.

We're loving our Kindles and sharing books with them.  If you're considering taking the plunge, I've added a tab to the top of the blog with some information and links that might help you out.

3 people stopped folding laundry to write:

concretenprimroses said...

Thanks for this. I've been thinking of getting my mom one, but its a lot of money for something I'm not positive that she will like. You've given me more to think about and places to research.

The Mother said...

I was terrified that you were in the process of spontaneous combustion.

Vocabulary often doesn't keep up with the times.

(I lust after a kindle, but as hubby pointed out, 99% of books I read are out of print and therefore not available. So I guess I'll have to wait another 50 years until I'm researching the medical history of the early 21st century).

Helen Smith said...

You can download kindle for pc or kindle for mac free from Amazon, which is a good way to see whether you might like using a kindle.

Along with lots of other benefits (including cheaper prices for ebooks than print books and free out-of-copyright books), one of the things I like about it is that you can adjust the font size. I realized a few years ago that I was reading less and less - and worked out that it was because I needed reading glasses. I got the glasses but I don't need to use them with the kindle.

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