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Bibliophiles love the Amazon Kindle

Updated on February 17, 2012

A great addition to any library

I love books. Paperbacks, hardbacks, slim little volumes of verse, weighty leather bound tomes, new books, old books, antiquarian and collectable books, signed books, first editions… I like the feel of a book in my hand as much as the content, sometimes, if it has particular historical significance, even more.

Being such a great lover of books, I didn’t think I would love my Kindle. How wrong I was!

The Kindle is not a replacement for books, it is merely an addition to them. There are thousands of free titles available on Amazon and on Project Gutenberg and you will find not just the well known classics but also a large collection of more obscure but no less interesting works that are now out of print and copywrite. With my Amazon Kindle I have downloaded and read a score of texts and I have hundreds more on there waiting for me to discover them. I have used my Kindle to download all the fragile antiquarian books that I own and those that are still on my wish-list and I can take them and read them wherever and whenever I like without worrying about damaging them.

You can also buy new books on your Kindle, many for half the price of the print copies, and you can download them instantly. You can even use your Kindle to buy them, either by connecting to a local Wi-Fi hotspot or using the 3G connection on the top model. If you’re not sure about a book and want to try it before you buy you can usually download the first chapter for free and get a flavor for it at your own leisure.

If you like writing as much as reading then the Kindle is a great tool for that as well. You can turn your own writing into an ebook and save your works amongst the classics, and if you share the ebook online other people will be able to download and buy your book on their Kindles too.

For lovers of literature the Kindle really is a must buy. I wouldn’t be without one these days. If you’re making your mind up about getting one my advice is to go for it.

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    • Hayley Richardson profile image

      Hayley Richardson 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for the feedback!

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Good hub. Great suggestions.