Do I Still Love My Kindle Ten Months Later?

I need to take a break from political discussion so I thought I could give an update about my Kindle purchase.

I have had my Kindle now for ten months and I love it even more than I loved it before. Plus, there is a brand new version coming out that’s way cheaper than I paid for my Kindle. You can pre-order your 3G/WiFi Kindle for $189.00 or the WiFi only version for $139.00 on Amazon.

I was a librarian and so I was a very reluctant Kindle buyer. However since my husband and I have increased our traveling and I tend to read more than one book at a time, I thought a Kindle purchase might be worth it.

Now I don’t know how I could possibly live without it! Amazon has a new software update that allows you to make folders which makes it a breeze to organize your books, documents or whatever else you have on your Kindle. They call it making “Collections.” These are the instructions how to create these very handy:http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_k2cont_sort?nodeId=200505560&#k2sort

This newer feature rocks my world. I know I’m such a geek wanna be—guilty. I can say other than the advent of laptop computers and the cell phone, this electronic gadget is absolutely amazing. I have an even 70 books and documents on my Kindle. I have them sorted into “Reading Now”, “Classics”, “Classics I’ve Read,” “Fiction”, “Non-Fiction”, “Reference”, “Books I’ve Read” etc.

The greatest thing about the Kindle for me is you can get another book almost instantaneously. I was reading book number one in a series. I finished it close to midnight, and right there, sitting in bed, I went to the “Kindle Store” on Amazon using my Kindle, ordered the second in the series and was reading it in less than a minute.

You can go on your PC or Mac of course and buy a Kindle book and with one click you have your book. Or if you prefer, tether your Kindle. But the option of just using your Kindle to get buy the book you know you want is just so awesome to me! That is such a cool option with Amzon’s Kindle and you pay nothing for what they call “Whispernet.”

I’m jonesing for an Apple iPad however, for just an ebook reader, something I can use in direct sunlight, and for the price it’s exactly what I need. If I want to “play games” as you can do on the Apple iPad, I’ll use my Macbook Pro. If I want to surf the internet, I’ll just get on my Mac. I use my Kindle for the very reading. That’s why I bought it and if fills that purpose perfectly!

I also love all the different reading lights and protective covers for my Kindle. It’s such fun! You could say, I’m obsessed a little (a lot?). Here I’m showing just a small portion of my collection of covers.

My suggestion is – if you love to read, get a Kindle. They are an amazing gadget. Were else can you have a dictionary, a Bible, and 68 other books and documents at your fingertips in something thin, very lightweight and about the size of a large paperback?

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated in any way with Amazon. I just happen to love, love, LOVE the Kindle!

This is the inside with the flap open of my favorite Kindle cover. It's beautifully made and rich looking.
This is the inside with the flap open of my favorite Kindle cover. It's beautifully made and rich looking.
Side view with both the flap to hold it up or the stand if preferred. I use either or both sometimes.
Side view with both the flap to hold it up or the stand if preferred. I use either or both sometimes.
This the back.
This the back.
Inside again of my favorite Kindle covers with one of the lights I use.
Inside again of my favorite Kindle covers with one of the lights I use.
This is the outside of my second fav Kindle cover, I love this one because you can't get anything on it, no fingerprints show and if you splah something by mistake it wipes right off.  It's made of patent leather.
This is the outside of my second fav Kindle cover, I love this one because you can't get anything on it, no fingerprints show and if you splah something by mistake it wipes right off. It's made of patent leather.
The inside is a soft suede finish and has a few pockets.
The inside is a soft suede finish and has a few pockets.
This is a "Gela Skin" made with a photo I took on the pier of Manistee, Michigan. This is what my Kindle looks like out of a cover. I always have a Gela skin on my Kindle for protection as well as a screen protector.
This is a "Gela Skin" made with a photo I took on the pier of Manistee, Michigan. This is what my Kindle looks like out of a cover. I always have a Gela skin on my Kindle for protection as well as a screen protector.
Front of the Gela skin with one of the lights I use.
Front of the Gela skin with one of the lights I use.
Here's a purple silicone "skin" for the Kindle which is great for non-slip and gripping.
Here's a purple silicone "skin" for the Kindle which is great for non-slip and gripping.

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CornerStone51 6 years ago from Mifflintown, PA

Ok...you have that gela skin and I need to get that. And where did you get that neat cover you can stand up? I love that. I love mine too, but I obviously haven't gotten into it like you have!

Love ya bushels


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

You are so funny! Go to gelaskins.com and then click "Make your own" and it will take you step by step. You just have to upload your photo. This is my third Gelaskin for my Kindle!

I got the case on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Tuff-Luv-Leather-Amazon-Kind...

Warning - its not cheap and it comes from the UK - it's $46.99! But worth every penny (to me!)


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I don't have a Kindle, but I have a Nook and I am in love with it. I have been reading like a maniac and no sooner do I finish a book, I get the thrill of shopping for a new one in seconds. I love my Nook, I really do.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I've been considering buying one, and this review of yours tells me I won't be sorry. Thanks.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

I really think you're going to absolutely LOVE it Sheila!


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drcrischasse 6 years ago from NH/Foxboro

My wife got me the Nook for Xmas and I loved it, until she bought me the IPad for my birthday. That is my new vice.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

I am SO jonesing for an iPad and use a Kindle app on it! Envious Dr. Chris! But I'm holding out for now - until the new ebook readers/tablets hit the market before Christmas. Then I'll make my final decision. We'll just see! Thanks for commenting!


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

I used to wonder what the poing of having a Kindle was but I am finding out more and more advantages to having on. Like you said, you can have your Bible and a dictionary all on one - that would be great!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

I find that I often read two or more books at a time. Instead of carrying four books around, my Bible, running into the kitchen for the humongous dictionary I have there when I need to look up a word - it's all there on one slim, lightweight gadget! I LOVE IT! Now I don't know how I've lived without it! LOL Thanks for stopping by to leave your comments!


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

You convinced me - the folders got me! Have they always had that feature or is it relatively new?


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

GmaGoldie -- the folders are relatively a new software upgrade! It's awesome! Enjoy! carol


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Karen Wodke 5 years ago from Midwest

Ok, now I want a Kindle.


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Great to hear Karen! I still LOVE the Kindle and now have the iPad with the Kindle app. LOVE IT!


Becky 5 years ago

I bid on a black leather cover on Ebay and got it for a $1.00. Then I had to pay $10 for shipping. Oh well, I don't have to worry about it as much. I also like that I can carry it in the cargo pockets of my favorite pants. It will fit in my itty bitty purse. And I never run out of reading material. If there is a series though, I just get them all at once. Then I don't even have to quit reading for a minute. I have mine organized by writer.


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RNMSN 5 years ago from Tucson, Az

oh man OK I am sold dadgumit!! :)

cool article thank you!!


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

This is my unofficial take on the matter RNMSN - I've heard those who haven't taken the plunge yet say why they don't wish to buy an ebook reader. I have yet to hear anyone at all say, "Gee, I hate my ereader, I'm sending it back and going to stay with paper..." It just hasn't happened and I have really tried to ask many people I meet about this topic. Go for it, I do not think you're going to ever go back. Besides - it was wonderful giving away all those dusty books that took up so much room on so many bookshelves I have all over the place. The only hold out for me is my Bible - I think I will always want the feel of the pages - but that didn't stop me from buying an e-version of the Bible for my Kindle and iPad. Let me know how you like it if you do buy one!


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

I don't have a Kindle but I do have a Nook. Went on trip a few weeks ago with other women and when everyone went to bed I rolled over turned on my Nook and started reading without turning on a light. The Nook pages light up. I have been having problems with my eyes and can no longer read books but I can read my Nook.

It's also so much fun in the middle of the night when I'm not ready for bed I can download a new book in seconds.

I think Nook or Kindle are good for anyone. Kindles are cheaper in price then Nook.

Good Hub.


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I agree moonlake - I think ANY ereader is THE BOMB! They're the BEST! At night - if I don't want to use a light with the Kindle is I use my Kindle app on my iPad - the pages light up too - OR what I think is so cool with the iPad is that you can turn the page black and have the words white and bright.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

Would love an iPad maybe for Christmas.


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I read a survey that said something like 90% of Kindle owners bought an iPad. I don't know what the stats are for Nook owners but I'm guessing it's similar. I had already bought my Kindle and iPad before reading that stat. I will say, having an iPad for travel is SWEET. It's what I use on the plane whether it's streaming a movie or surfing the internet - iPad is not only a great alternate ereader (there are numerous reading apps--Kobo, Kindle, Google Books etc. all with plenty of free books to download, but it makes a great game player and periodical reader. I read the print version of The Wall Street Journal but the rest of my news reading is done on my iPad. And that's just to name a very few of the things you can do with your iPad. If you're on a budget - you could wait until just before the newest iPad comes out and they'll put the rest of the iPad2's on sale at that point (what they usually do). I hope you get one - I think with the iPad you also won't be sorry!


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Brad2001 3 years ago from Lewiston, New York

Just bought a Nook...perhaps I made the wrong choice? Thanks for posting this, very informative hub.


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cjv123 3 years ago from Michigan Author

This was written two years ago Brad - the Nook is a great device. You did fine!


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Brad2001 3 years ago from Lewiston, New York

haha, I realize that it was written two years ago. I work in publishing and ebooks are transforming the book industry. Soon we will not have to cut down any trees!


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cjv123 3 years ago from Michigan Author

And very soon we won't need publishing "big" houses! I am looking forward to that day!


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Brad2001 3 years ago from Lewiston, New York

well, yea, I work for a small academic publisher, we are barely hanging on! ebooks will not take over academic publishing anytime soon, because the indexing is so precarious (one ebook page equals about 25% of an actual printed page, which causes fits for indexers). this is capitalism though, the big fish eat the little fish it seems.


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cjv123 3 years ago from Michigan Author

I can understand why you would want all of print publishing to remain on top - it's your livelihood. However - the "big" fish scenario isn't valid here at all i.e. painting capitalism as the bad guy here. It's actually quite the opposite. Prior to ebooks, an author had about as much chance of having one of the mega publishers find them and offer them a contract to publish their book as they would winning the lottery. Now a number of things have happened and they are all good. Authors can self-publish and find their audience or self-publish and have a hit on their hands and the big publishers come after THEM. Another good thing that has come out of ebooks and POD are the smaller "indie" publishers. There are a number of very small independent publishers who have churned out fantastic books where before it wouldn't have been possible for this to happen. Competition is finally driving the behemoth publishers out of business and MORE authors are getting published as a result. It's wonderful!


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Brad2001 3 years ago from Lewiston, New York

its fine for authors, but not fine for the small businesses like me...authors have no clue how the publishing world works, plus self-publishing is kind of a joke...people think that all they need to do is print the books, but they don't realize that publishers market the books better than joe schmoe ever could, we are also connected to distributors who put the books in stores which is where most books are still sold. Self-publishing is a pie in the sky fantasy that very few people actually make money on. More authors being published does not necessarily mean more books being purchased, in fact, it just means the market is now swamped with many more mediocre titles, consumers have more variety on which to spend their income...if you look at the sales numbers the two industries hit hardest by the internet are music and books...with sales declining every year in these areas, its a terrible time for the book world.


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cjv123 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Well I understand your point of view but we will just agree to disagree -- granted there is more of a slush pile out there - but self-publishing is hardly a joke any more. Amazon services isn't just me (for example) printing and distributing the book. You obviously have a bias and I understand that - but you're also quite mistaken (I'm pretty certain) that many of these small publishers - actual publishers - not the big houses that have cropped up are putting out bad books. As for self-published singular authors, it's a new age, it's a new and better era. Self-publishing isn't self-editing and self-distribution any longer - not in all cases. And Amazon is the biggest book seller in the world - ebooks way outsold hardcover in 2012 - http://www.businessinsider.com/sorry-amazon-kindle...

So again, I believe you are wrong on that count as well. But I can understand why you would wish it otherwise.

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