Kindle: Rekindle the Love for Reading in a Whole New Way

My Very Own Kindle

Kindle Touch 3G--with wireless internet conncection.
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I love to read. You can blame it squarely on my brothers. They train me, not by their examples but rather by their lack of it. Surrounded by brothers, growing up, was not always easy. On hot sticky afternoons in Singapore, you will find them under the huge apple rose trees, fussing over spiders, egging them on to fight their opponents. Loud hoots and cheers vie with the humming of the tropical insects for airing time. Spider fights ruled their afternoons, if not, they would be shooting marbles across orange dirt grounds. I know, they won’t let me in but really, I would have none of it. Why would I? I have plenty to amuse me. I could hop into a ship crossing the English channel, join a gangster mob if I want to, travel the world in eighty days (or less ), walk the streets of Calcutta or scale the Alps of Switzerland, change my gender, adopt a new family, go on a cruise or cross time zones—all in the pages of books.

So begin my love for books. With my back snugged against the trunk of the Guava tree, legs dangling over the sturdy branch, book in hand, I would while away lazy afternoons. With time, I’ve grown to love the feel of book, the textile flip of each page and the characteristic smell contained therein. I love not just reading what’s between the pages but the physical handling of the book. My books are often marked with dog ears, neon colors of highlighters and all kinds of markings--all part and parcel of reading a book.

So, it’s no wonder that I resist when Kindle first came out. What? A book you can’t physical leave through? Words that exist in pixels in a compact rectangular pad seem like a crazy guy’s idea of ruining the reading experience. No thanks, I’ll stick to my books.

This past Christmas, I got a Kindle Touch 3G. What made me change my mind? Actually, I’ve to say the Kindle commercials have been sending subliminal messages—slowing tearing down the resistance. I’m slowly beginning to see that it could actually be desirable—carrying many books all at once and it still weighs less than a paperbag, reading in the broad daylight without glare (remember the poolside commercial?), free ebooks and buying books anytime I want and have it almost instantaneously.

Still I wasn’t entirely sold. After all, I’ve survived rather fabulously without this modern reading device. Will transiting to a virtual book made reading less of an experience?

My reservations were put to rest when my good friend who is also my personal library of sorts bought a Kindle. She is constantly loaning me books she had read. She proudly showed off her Kindle (with keyboard) and gushed incessantly about it . She wouldn’t mind loaning me her kindle books if I ever get a Kindle, she told me. Well, what was I waiting for? I was quite sold by this time but I need a benefactor. Thankfully, husbands are good for occasions like that.

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Now, I’ve my own Kindle Touch 3G, a sleek light reading device that I carry everywhere. I can read anywhere, anytime with a touch of a button. I carry many books at one time and I can call up any book I want. I can highlight, take notes, look up the dictionary, bookmark –all with a touch. With a light tap, I can turn pages forward, backward, go to a certain page—a piece of cake, really. I have to date bought many ebooks at zero cost and since mine also wireless connection, I can also surf the net. If I want I can also buy notepad for 99 cents and take short notes ( a definite plus for writers).

I’m a Kindle convert and loving this new reading experience. I thought I’ll miss the tactile experience of holding a real book but I’ve to admit I don't miss it too badly.As for the smell of books, there are scents you can buy to duplicate that but really, I haven’t found a need. The thought that I can tote as many as 3,500 books in one little device still boggles and excites me.

Kindle Touch 3G has the following features:

  • Kindle 's E Ink screen has no glare.
  • Light--only 8.5 ounces and 1/3" thin. Lighter than a paperbag and thinner than a magazine
  • Capacity--holds up to 3,500 books.
  • Battery Life--A single charge lasts up to 2 months.
  • Free 3G Wireless--No annual contracts, no monthly fees
  • Global 3G Coverage--wireless coverage in over 100 countries
  • Built-in Wi-Fi--connect to wi-fi hotspots at home and on the road.
  • Share Messages--share meaningful messages with built-in twitter and facebook account.
  • PDF Reader--with new dictionary lookup, notes, highlights and support for password protected PDFs.

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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

You motivated me to try this new device. I have an Aunt who wondered why her children out of the entire family never step foot into college. Amazingly, when you visited her home, it was different. No books, no magazine, no bible, no newspaper. She did take home our newspaper on occasion. Isn't it interesting how our families shape us?

For me, my fondest memories are my Mother buying me a new book when she had money. That was a big deal.

I don't have a Kindle yet but I may like this new item.

Are some books free? The books on Google over the age of copyright are they available too?


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

GmaGoldie, good to hear from you. I agree family has a lot to do with how we turn out. My mom didn't finish school because her family was too poor to support her through school but her love for poetry and all things beautiful made me appreciate things like that.

It took me a long time to buy Kindle but now that I've one, I would highly recommend it to you. You can get all kinds of free ebooks on amazon and the selection changes from time to time.I've bought a number of classics for free. Also, they also feature special offers where you can buy books for as little as 99 cents. The library also loan kindle books now and another good thing, your friends and you can loan each other books.

Thanks for dropping by to comment.


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LoriSoard 4 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

I have been thinking about getting one. Thanks for the review. Probably will now.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice review and I should buy this stuff. Thank you very much for share with us. Rated up!

Prasetio


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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

Now you've got me thinking about getting one anglnwu. I also love to read, and family is quite an influence. Got a lot of support and encouragement from my parents with regard to developing a love for books and reading.My husband and his family are voracious readers too, and with that kind of influence, our son has also developed a habit for reading books too. Thanks for sharing your insights into reading and your thoughts on the Kindle. Nice hub!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

LoriSoard, I think you'll have no regrets. I took a long time to get one and now, it's the best thing, especially if we like to read. thanks for dropping by to comment.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Prasetio, good to see you here. Yes, get it--you'll love it. It's a totally cool reading gadget. Thanks for rating it up.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

I'm still reading real paper books! haha....Feel so old-school. One of my close friends is just like you. He adores his Kindle and doesn't miss reading, holding or smelling real books at all. By the way, I love your opening paragraph. What a nice reminiscence of your childhood in Singapore.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Moira, seems like you're surrounded by readers. A great environment to thrive. A kindle can definitely add to the reading experience. Thanks again for adding to this hub with your wonderful comments.


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Ingenira 4 years ago

Well written. I have the habbit of throwing a few books into my luggage whenever I travel. It is surely more convinient to bring a Kindle with me than carrying a few books. Voted up and tweeted.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi anginwu, I must admit I am warming to the idea of a kindle and you have almost convinced me it's the way to go!

Nick and I both read a lot and we have books everywhere, they are taking over our home, so it would solve that problem!

Thank you for sharing, I hope all is well with you, best wishes Lesley


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Om, I have great memories of my childhood days--days when life was simpler and time flowed like a stream, not gushing down Niagara Falls (haha...hyperbole). Thanks for coming by to comment, Mrs.Shriver.

Ingenira, I'm (rather was) like you. I've books everywhere and I make sure I've books in my car since I do a lot of waiting around for my kids. Now, I just throw my kindle in my bag and I'm good to go. Thanks for adding to this hub with your comments.

Lesley, thanks for letting me in on your name. The Kindle idea will grow on you as you see more and more people using it. It's not that bad at all--and as you pointed out, it will keep the books from running us over in our house. I've that same problem. Thanks for commenting--always appreciate it.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is an excellent review for the Kindle. You really covered all the advantages well. I got one back in November and I love it. When I take my mother to the doctor I always bring my Kindle as it is so light weight and easy to carry. Some of the books I choose to read are large and heavy, but not on the Kindle.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

It's so amazing. 3,500 books. You can't finish reading them in a year. I have to get myself one of these. I like the 3G and the benefits/qualities you shared.

Thanks - very interesting.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Pamela, good for you--you got one too. I carry my kindle around too--better than lugging books. Thanks for commenting.

Lady E, carrying a library around is pretty amazing. I chose the 3G because of touch screen and internet connection. I thought of Kindle Fire but I'm really not into movie and stuff. Thanks for your positive comments.


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iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

It was such a pleasure to read this...looking forward for this stuff.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, iguidenetwork, I'm glad you liked it.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Anglnwu, I have yet to take the plunge, but I was like you and wonder how it will be. I love books so much, I can't imagine reading one without the cover, binding and paper! Great sharing here, thank you for letting us know your experience.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

oceansunsets, thanks for commenting. I didn't think I could make the transition too but when I did, it didn't make a big difference. I still read real books, though,but with kindle, I can take it wherever I go.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

kindle sure is gaining front and it's good 'cause we will save on paper and ebooks are much cheaper than buying a book in print.

It could be a win win situation for all :)

thank you for such an informative hub!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Ruchira, good to see you. Kindle is definitely gaining front and it's actually cheaper to buy kindle books. Thakns for dropping by to comment.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I, too, love my Kindle. Of course, it's the ideal travel companion. And since I live in S. America where books in the English language are hard to come by, it gives me access to a world that would otherwise be unavailable to me. Thank you for a nice review of the Kindle Touch 3G. I'm still using the Kindle 2 but love it all the same.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

vespawoolf, glad you like your kindle. It is an ideal travel companion, like you said. Thanks for dropping by to comment,


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tamarawilhite 24 months ago from Fort Worth, Texas

A side benefit of Amazon Prime membership - you'll often have access to the Kindle versions of books you've bought through Amazon for the past few years, as well as some free eBooks through Amazon on the Kindle.


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anglnwu 23 months ago Author

Thanks, tarmawilhite, for the extra information.

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