Why The Kindle Is Better Than Books
Kindle - Perfect Holiday Companion
The New Amazon Kindle Fire
Amazon Kindle Experience
My Amazon Kindle found its way into my life as a gift. I would not have bought one for myself, as I've always been passionate about books.
I could not see any benefit to owning one more electronic device. More junk?
I ignored its presence for several days, and then figured I would give it a try on our upcoming holiday. It would be lighter than carrying around my usual quota of five novels to read.
I packed two spare books in case the battery run out. A Kindle can only be recharged by plugging it into a PC, although you can buy a charger.
Made for Handbags
The first benefit is that The Kindle fits perfectly into the wider mobile phone pouch slots in most handbags. It is slim-line, and very light.
You switch it on from the base, and the page you last stopped upon appears, and you are good to go. No fumbling for the bookmark that slid out of its place.
I worried about the face getting scratched, and after our holiday I invested in a Kindle cover, which gave me more peace of mind.
I think the worst thing you could do is end up with a scratch, as that would detract from the ability to enjoy reading from The Kindle.
A great read on Kindle
My First Ebook
Free Kindle Ebooks
Thanks to Richard Sanders, the first Ebook I read on The Kindle was very enjoyable. This science fiction adventure in space, is not the usual genre I prefer, but his book was free from The Kindle Store, and he had written an enticing blurb.
I'd like to add that piracy is not something I go in for, and I don't mind paying for books.
I charged my new Kindle; got the wireless internet search working; found the Kindle Store; and then a book I wanted to pay for. To buy something I had to go and look up passwords for my accounts. I could not be bothered, if I'm honest, and my eye caught on the tab Top 100 free Kindle Books.
Lots of authors like me, are trying to build reputations, with the goal of publishing their novels. I was curious as to why an author would give away their work for free.
Apparently, this is to drive traffic to their author brand, and hopefully, inspire a paid purchase of another of their books. Free books for the kindle are here to stay.
I take care to return to the purchase page and rate the book. Writing a review is more problematic, as The Kindle keyboard is somewhat limited. One finger typing has never suited me.
Free Author Mistakes
Richard Sanders wrote a half decent book. There were one or two minor errors, and I am a forgiving soul, as I understand the writing process.
As I've continued reading free Kindle books complete with, what seems to be, a predictable amount of errors, the thought occurs that the general public is not always as forgiving.
I think that if you decide to publish Kindle ebooks, pay someone to edit the book first. Yes that's right, I said pay someone.
If you are basing your reputation on your free sample, it has to be a perfect sample. If you get carpet samples with thread runs from a salesperson, you don't choose that company.
It is the same principle with Kindle ebooks. I had to delete one of my freebies because it had so many tense errors in Chapter 1.
There is no excuse for mass errors. I was reminded of a forum thread on Authonomy, where potential authors are encouraged to upload their first 600 words of Chapter 1. The thread is called; "If I was an agent I would stop reading ...now."; the idea is that the chapter is thoroughly critiqued for any mistakes.
Numerous online writer sites are available for this purpose. My main criticism of free kindle ebooks is that I've yet to read one that is error free.
Have I Become Commodified?
On the flip side of things, I do wonder I've become such a commodification expert, that I consciously screen out new talent. Perhaps it is okay for a struggling author to publish a less than perfect book to gain attention.
It feels wrong to me to expect human beings to be perfect all of the time. Teachers may agree with me, that if we came down hard on every single error, children would never develop creative confidence.
You see, I'm not being exposed to mainstream authors at the moment. I'm taking a risk with my leisure time, and reading unbranded unknowns, and I don't feel that in life, we are encouraged to do much of that.
The main reason why I currently believe The Kindle is better than books, lies in the delight I feel being able to access unhomogenised literature.