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Kindle Gift for Christmas
Why consider a Kindle? According to Amazon, in 2010 it iwas "the most-wished for, most gifted, and had the most 5-star reviews of any product on Amazon." It still retains a popular rating. Here are three reasons. Find these and seven more reasons at 10 Reasons to Buy a Kindle.
- E-books are here to stay. The market for Kindle and e-books keeps expanding. E-book reader technology continues to improve. More books, magazines, newspapers and other print material are being converted to digital formats available for reading on Kindle.
- Perfect for Travel. Read as you wait in airports, hotel rooms, and as you sit by the pool or the beach. Find and download books and periodicals in less than 60 seconds from anywhere in the world that has 3G wireless coverage. Get the latest news from your newspaper. You can carry your whole library with you.
- Cost and convenience. After you purchase a Kindle, there are no annual contracts and no monthly fees. There are now over 1.8 million FREE out-of-copyright books available for reading on Kindle. E-books cost less than new books. You can download the books you want, when you want them. All your books remain in your personal library always available wherever you. You can read first chapters of books FREE. You don't have to drive to the bookstore or order books online and wait for delivery. You don’t have to buy bookshelves for storage, or dispose of used books.
If you are searching for unusual Christmas gift ideas, think about giving a Kindle loaded with a couple of e-books. This would be ideal for an avid reader in the family.
Or, for a parent or grandparent who loves reading stories to their children or grandchildren.
Kindle books for Christmas gifts
If you are giving a Kindle as a Christmas present, load it with a few Kindle books, The added cost is minimal. You might choose a new book by your loved one's favorite author. You might choose from The New York Times bestsellers list. Scroll down to see a few Kindle books that are currently on the list.
Or, you can load it with a classic -- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
My own Kindle Experience
This Hub was inspired by a Kindle gift to me. Now I am an avid reader and have way too many books stacked up around my place. But a Kindle? I wasn't sure. I liked the feel and heft of a real book in my hands. I wasn't sure about a Kindle.
Now I can say that I'm a fan. I have many books on my device -- a complete RSV Bible, the complete Sherlock Holmes work of Arthur Conan Doyle, and many, many more. It's so easy to take my Kindle on a trip and pick from a variety of books that I have stored.
There are all the cool reader aides in Kindle. You can go to the contents at any time. There's a reminder at the bottom of the page of how much of the book you have read and how much you still have to go. You can bookmark. You can go to a reference at any time; for example, "search for Psalm 100" in the Bible.
I can also remotely check out books from my local library in Kindle format and read them for free. I'm sold on Kindle.
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has been told in movies, TV and in many different print versions. Here is the complete and unabridged version.
A Christmas Carol is enabled for text-to-speech. Read it to your children or grandchildren, or let Kindle read to them.
A Christmas Carol: A Young Reader's Edition of the Classic Holiday Tale
This recent version of A Christmas Carol is an abridged version of the original especially for children. Artwork by top children's book illustrator Christian Birmingham make the story of Ebenezer Scrooge come alive for today's generation.
An illustrated children's book can be viewed and read on Kindle. Click on the book's ink to the right. You will see Amazon's note that the book "has complex layouts and has been optimized for reading on Kindle DX's or Kindle for PC's larger screen, but can still be viewed on other devices."
This book is also enabled for text-to-speech. You can read the Christmas Carol to your children or grandchild, Or, you can let Kindle read to them.
Dogwood, by Chris Fabry -- Will Hatfield was sentenced to Clarkeston Federal prison, but he is about to be released in two months. He has a great desire to see the family farm in Dogwood, West Virginia and Karin the only woman he ever loved.
New York Times Bestsellers List
Kindle books on New York Times bestseller list
Amazon makes it easy to find Kindle books on the New York Times Bestsellers list. Here are the top five Kindle books on the list as of this writing: (Click on the link above to see the current list.)
Here is a sample of Kindle books from a year gone by. If so many people are reading them, you might be interested in them as well.
Dogwood, by Chris Fabry -- Available from Amazon; see above.
Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hood -- High Fantasy -- A boy names "Fitz," a royal bastard in the household of King Shrewd, receives secret instructions in the art of assassination. What evolves is a hotbed of intrigue.
Curse of the Medallion: Death of James Dean Sparks a Curse, byJeff Edwards -- Was James Dean's car, the Porsche Spyder, really cursed? This book tells the story.
Run for Your Life, by James Patterson -- Detective Mike Bennett takes on "The Teacher," a calculating killer who is terrorizing the powerful and elite in New York City.
First Family, by David Baldacci -- Secret Service agents Michelle Maxwell and Sean King are hired by First lady Jane Cox after her 12-year-old niece is kidnapped following a birthday part at Camp David.