A Kindle for me? Really?
I am a bibliophile...I admit it
But don't worry, outside of fiction (Fahrenheit 451 to be precise), this is not an arrestable offense. A bibliophile is simply a person who loves books; and boy, do I. Anytime I have a few minutes I read. Sometimes I go for the research (like training horses) or relaxing stuff (like crocheting); but always it's a beeline for the books. The downside of this trait, of course, is that your home can easily begin to resemble the New York Public Library.
While I have never attempted to actually count all of the books I own (and have read; most of them multiple times) I can confess to three built-in seven foot bookcases in our bedroom, floor-to-ceiling book shelves in the hallway, extra-large hardcovers hogging the entertainment center, books tucked in between videos and DVDs on the movie shelves, and yet another smaller bookshelf tucked behind the sofa in the family room. There are also book collections in several other spots; like craft and pattern books in my office (basically anywhere they'll fit :o) We have a wonderful used book store nearby, so any books I get that I don't care for are quickly traded in for something else on my reading list.
Um, did I mention the extra bookcase in the guest bedroom?
And what is the perfect gift for a bibliophile? - An eReader, of course!
In Squidspeak, it is absolutely Awesometastic!
Let's look at our new digital dream - (which is hopefully idiot friendly)
Not only is it a perfect palm fit
It's a real thumbsaver!
I thought it might be awkward for a bit, but it was surprisingly simple to adjust to my Kindle. Not only that, an unexpected benefit was that it eased the pain in my thumbs. Having the beginnings of arthritis in both hands, I sometimes struggled to hold open thicker reads and the new larger sized paperbacks with one hand as I turned pages. Holding it open tended to cause pain to travel down the front of one or both thumbs, and I had gotten into the habit of compensating by holding the book open on one leg with the outside of my left hand when I turned the pages (karate-chop style). Slightly strange, but it worked; sort of.
So, for any of you who have had Arthur - last name -itis - take up residence in your hands I can honestly [and painlessly] give the Kindle two happy thumbs WAY up :o)
It's easy on the eyeballs (I'd wondered)
and even educational in its sleep!
The Kindle uses something called E Ink Pearl Technology, which makes it look almost exactly like a regular book; you don't get a headache like you would if you were staring at your computer screen (points for them). Can't say I'm all that interested in understanding the technological apsect of it; I'm just happy it doesn't send me out for aspirin. Something else that's better than a book? You can also increase the font size and ditch the bifocals (I loved that part :o)
It holds up to 3,500 books that you can easily organize into collections; and weighs in at a mere 8-1/2 ounces (less than the average paperback). One of the neatest features, however, are the spectacular digital renderings of famous authors when the device goes to sleep. They're amazing!
You can shop by genre or popularity - Whatever floats your boat :o)
Amazon helps you to manage your Kindle, and keeps up with your downloaded books - (and how cool is that?)
Even better? Thousands of classic titles are available to download for free! - (Though you may have to wade through many of the odd and obscure to find them)
Free? For Me? Now THAT's what I'm talking about! :o)
If you decide you're up for the ultimate freebie challenge?
Be sure to right click the page you stop on when your eyes cross and save it as a hyperlink on your desktop. That way, you can simply pick up where you left off (so you don't have to scroll forward through 200 pages the next day like I did) Can you say oops? :oP
If your Kindle is lost, stolen, or damaged
Amazon is right there to protect and sever
And no, that's not a typo. Should some terrible fate befall your Kindle, you simply deregister your device which will remove your downloaded titles. Then, once you have purchased a replacement (which for me would be after the shedding of copious tears and waiting until the next Christmas), you will be able to redownload your entire library.
Of course this also holds true if you decide to upgrade (a much happier thought :o)
Amazon introduces a lending library in 2011 - You can share your ebooks (with the author's permission, of course :o)
Personalize and protect your hi-tech toy - All the way around
IMPORTANT NOTE: While I found some less expensive skins, I noticed that the majority of the cheaper versions had a large rectangular cutout around the keys instead of tiny circles to accommodate each individual key (it mattered to me).
I've ordered "Radiosity" (and I can't wait for it to get here!! :o)
Don't forget about the screen! - I've ordered a protector for it too
and save the keys, if you please...
One thing that came up repeatedly in the Kindle feedback was that the letters wore off the keys on the graphite models (like mine). Some clear nail polish carefully applied to the keys easily solved this problem.
The Kindle or A Nook? - It's not just about the book
I was only allowed two choices. For those of you who have a different reader that you love, feel free to brag about it when you leave your comment (we'd love to know!)
Which reader to you prefer?
Bump it up a notch - with the Kindle 3G
Accesorize your new best friend - There sure is a lot to choose from!
Made to fit the Kindle Fire - Love that skin you're in :o)
Looking for the latest and greatest in ebooks? - Here are some great places to start...
There is something for everyone among these sites...I even found a free book by the Cleveland Clinic on Fibromyalgia, which I was diagnosed with last month, isn't that amazing??
- Free and Bargain Kindle Books
You can sign up for email notifications when new publications are released (I'm SO there! :o)
- Top 100 Kindle eBooks
Some are paid, some are free (and there are some games as well; boo-yeah!)
- The iReader Review
Offers information on choosing a Kindle, the differences between models, as well as loads of other helpful information.
A great collection of freebies handily sorted by genre - awesome!
- From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard
This is a terrific blog with lots of helpful links, freebies, AND [most importantly] idiot-friendly instructions for downloading eBooks to your desktop and transferring them to your Kindle (yay!)
Woo! I'm lovin' the skin we're in ;o) - Isn't it cool?
These were easier to apply than I was afraid of (even the itty bitty pieces that went on the page turning tabs.
So what do you think? Will you dare to go digital?