I am running late today, not aided by the fact that neither Kayla nor the dogs have come up with anything interesting to talk about the last couple of days (besides Darwin losing his collar outside, we don’t know how, but we did find it again!) So, the time has come to talk about my Kindle.
First of all, I love books! I have shelves and shelves of books at the house, and a few of my office shelves devoted to some personal books also. I had loaded books onto my phone before, but never did enjoy reading them that way.
I got my first Kindle two Christmases ago. I think Mark decided that I was incapable of not purchasing books (and that’s true – I still can’t go into a book store without buying something!) and was looking for a space-saving option. Of course, it didn’t hurt that I lobbied for it for months, too.
The first one’s screen broke about four months ago, so I purchased my second Kindle then. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy the Kindle! The best things in my life are my husband and my child, the best gifts my husband ever gave me were the dogs, but the best non-living gift he ever gave me was my Kindle.
The Kindle is small enough to fit in my purse (granted, I like really, really large purses, because then it is harder for them to camouflage themselves when I lose them somewhere in the house), and the one I currently have is holding 112 books on the device, with 10 magazine issues. The books include books on science, children’s literature (for me, not for Kayla), science fiction, books on Christian living, history and computers. Because I like to read such a wide range of books (and I usually am reading 2 or 3 or 4 at a time, depending on my mood), the Kindle gives me a welcome anonymity, so that if I want to read a book on the Franco-Prussian war or re-read Little Women, I can do so unapologetically and without needing to explain. I used to feel a little self-conscious walking into a restaurant at lunch with some of the books I like to read, but now I don’t.
Oh, and I have another 61 items in the archives, which include both magazine issue and books I have read and removed from the device, but which I can re-load any time I want.
Reading my Kindle feels very much like reading a book; the type is made of ink that is electronically arranged, and for those of us whose eyesight is, shall we say, in a state of flux, the type can be re-sized up to a very large font, which is nice.
Book shopping on the Kindle is fun, too, because I can do it any time of day or night. There’s nothing like sitting in bed at 10:00 p.m. at night and book-shopping in the privacy of your own home! In fact, book-shopping is a little too easy; I have to work to restrain myself a little bit.
The Kindle will also let me connect to the internet, although navigating the internet on the Kindle is a little cumbersome, so I only use it as a last resort.
Because I purchased the cover that goes with the Kindle (and the cover for the new Kindle includes a built-in reading light that runs off the Kindle battery itself – way cool!), it feels very much like a book when I read it. There is a button you click to turn the page, which feels much more book-like than scrolling on a screen like you do on the computer.
Do any of you use a Kindle, or another type of e-reader? How do you like it? Do any of you have a version that has color? How does that impact your reading? What kind of back glare do you get with your reader? (My Kindle has virtually none, but then it is not color, either.) I would love to hear from all of you on this subject, because I am curious.
Well, that’s enough for today. Have a great weekend! I hope all of you get a chance to read something good!