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