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Why I Love My Kindle Fire

Updated on August 30, 2017

Why I Got My Kindle Fire

I am probably the last person anyone would expect to own a Kindle. My house is full of big, beautiful books with that delicious old book smell. I have hundreds of my own, hundreds of Colin's, hundreds in the loft from a University friend of my sister, loads from my parents who downsized when they moved into sheltered accommodation, hundreds from our childhood and dozens that belonged to my grandparents. I love books, I have bought them and I have been gifted so many! We could probably open a respectable library if we had a big enough outbuilding. (Something about the size of the average barn would do nicely!)

There simply comes a time when you have to downsize. We moved from a large house to a small bungalow and the amount of material possessions (mostly of little or no value) that we have accrued over the years means something has to give. My fear was that it would be the ceiling with all those books in the loft! I have a problem with books though.... however grim and tatty, however well read they may be, I find it virtually impossible to let go! I would have sent them to eBay auction to raise money for a cat rescue, but these days nobody wants books they have to pay for and the postage has gone up so much (simplified, Royal Mail calls it) that selling would entail a financial loss.

I have to give them away, and it hurts.... So I asked for a Kindle Fire for my birthday!

All photos on this page by Photahsiamirabel except for intro image by Colin Mason, which is used with permission. Please do not copy!

Places for Books? - Here we see them all? No, just a few... but...

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Some of my nicer books in their display cabinetA bookish view into the gardenA king size bed allows for many storage boxes full....The oak sideboard is very clutteredKindle Fire on my leg can potentially hold most of these books and my entire record collection too!A Victorian bureau holds its fair share too!
Some of my nicer books in their display cabinet
Some of my nicer books in their display cabinet
A bookish view into the garden
A bookish view into the garden
A king size bed allows for many storage boxes full....
A king size bed allows for many storage boxes full....
The oak sideboard is very cluttered
The oak sideboard is very cluttered
Kindle Fire on my leg can potentially hold most of these books and my entire record collection too!
Kindle Fire on my leg can potentially hold most of these books and my entire record collection too!
A Victorian bureau holds its fair share too!
A Victorian bureau holds its fair share too!

My Kindle Fire - I own my own Kindle Fire HD.....

This is a joy and I am going to love it. I have Amazon Prime membership, so every month I can borrow a new book for free and there are so many lovely books to buy!

Kindle Fire HD 8.9", 8.9" HD display, 16 GB or 32 GB, Wi-Fi or Optional 4G LTE Wireless (Previous Generation - 2nd)
Kindle Fire HD 8.9", 8.9" HD display, 16 GB or 32 GB, Wi-Fi or Optional 4G LTE Wireless (Previous Generation - 2nd)

I thought about this one too, but I didn't want to ask for too expensive a present. Top of the range and slightly larger is this model. Now had I bought one for myself this would have been my choice simply because it is the best available.

 

Kindle Fire - a Cure for a Bookworm?

Buried in books! Help me out with a Kindle!

Here you see our kitchen table, fortunately a very strong solid pine table from the 1970s! This table has survived many years of use and abuse, but the sheer weight of books could be its undoing. Whilst it hurts to get rid of the books, someone will benefit from a charity shop sale I am sure. Although my bookworm tendencies make it hard to give them all away at once, I am slowly boxing them up and giving them away!

My Kindle Fire makes it possible to replace many of these books. Some of the classics are even free.

Books, Books, Books!

Books, Books, Books!
Books, Books, Books!

Accessing the Internet with my Kindle Fire

You have full web access....

One of the reasons I went for the Kindle Fire was because of the internet access. Dual band wifi is reliable and although a little slower than my laptop, it is functional. It is possible to type on the screen, but I have bought a stylus to avoid my clumsy fingers slipping onto the wrong image. I have to say, one of the reasons this old hermit invested in a Kindle Fire WAS to get used to this "appy clappy" touchscreen way of life we are fast developing. I may be a dinosaur, but I don't want to be fossilized quite yet!

I can surf the net, buy things on Amazon or ebay, use Facebook, check if my lenses are OK on Squidoo, tweet out to my many followers on Twitter if I feel like it, like and repin as many cat pictures as Pinterest cares to throw at me and generally have fun in transit just so long as I am signed into a wifi hotspot.

Oh, and of course all my things are out there on the cloud, including all these lovely dragons...

A mahjong game
A mahjong game

Playing Mahjong on my Kindle Fire

Games and Apps on the Kindle

I am not a very "Appy Clappy" kind of girl. In fact hate apps with a vengeance, but there comes a time when you have to cease being a boring old curmudgeon. Through my Kindle Fire, I have access to hundreds of the darn things anyway. There are games and apps for everyone and many of them are free too. I content myself with mahjong. It comes with tinkly Celtic/Chinese fusion background music which is oddly relaxing and when it thinks I can go no further it even shuffles the remaining tiles.

The sound quality is good for such a small device (I checked out my album on it) and the HD screen is really great. (My photo does not do it justice for clarity due to handshake) I love playing mahjong on my Kindle Fire.

Accessories for Kindle Fire HD - Things you need to make your Kindle experience a happy one.

You can buy just the Kindle of course, but the accessories are useful.

IMBCYL Lighting Adapter to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter Phone 7/7plus/8/8plus/X/10 Lighting Connector AUX Audio Charge Splitter Adaptor Cable Jack Earphone Volume Control Charge&Music…
IMBCYL Lighting Adapter to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter Phone 7/7plus/8/8plus/X/10 Lighting Connector AUX Audio Charge Splitter Adaptor Cable Jack Earphone Volume Control Charge&Music…

I don't have a screen protector, but you might like one to eliminate the possibility of fingerprints and scratches ruining the screen.

 
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7" (Previous Generation) Standing Leather Case, Royal Purple (will only fit Kindle Fire HD 7", Previous Generation)
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7" (Previous Generation) Standing Leather Case, Royal Purple (will only fit Kindle Fire HD 7", Previous Generation)

This is a great standing case, which I have in black. I think it is useful to put your kindle fire on a desk or table and it protects it from knocks when you carry it round.

 
Amazon Kindle 9W PowerFast Adapter for Accelerated Charging
Amazon Kindle 9W PowerFast Adapter for Accelerated Charging

You will definitely need one of these. I have one with a UK plud. It doesn't include the USB cable as that should come with the Kindle Fire 7 itself.

 

Keeping in Touch with Skype

Using Skype on your Kindle Fire

Another selling point for me, with friends and family worldwide, was the Skype app. You have free computer to computer calls. I connected my account to my Kindle really easily - I also invested (last time I was in Canada) in a Skype to landline package because no way can I expect my elderly mother to use a computer now. It enables me to phone home "for free" from Canada and most other countries and probably also saved me 75% on my international phone bill.

The Next Step.....

Space for living!

All the nooks and crannies we have filled with books! Here a Victorian bureau hosts an overgrowth of books. I have boxes in the kitchen, under the bed, in the garage, in the loft.... Think of the pretty things we will have space for once the books have been "thinned out" a bit. Wish me luck!

Kindle or Book? - What is your preference?

A chance to have your say about books and e-readers....

Will the Kindle ever replace books?

Will I get rid of all my books now?

Can the Kindle replace that packrat tendency?

There will always be a place for books in my home - nice books, books with sentimental value, books about art because I am not convinced Kindle does the large format image rich books all that well yet. I love the feel of books and I love to curl up with them or even loll in the bath which is probably not good for you or your Kindle. However, all those dire old paperbacks with their yellowed pages are going to be LONG gone. Just give me a few more months.....

Do you have a KIndle? - Would the Kindle Fire help you declutter?

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      mamaelaine 

      4 years ago

      This is kind of late. But I am on my fourth kindle.because of my own clumsiness. Still switch between e ink and my fire depending on whether I am inside or outside. Yes it helped a lot with my house cluttering. However, my daughter says she will not be able to "inherit" my books but she doesn't read what I read anyway, she has access to my kindle books and I gave kindled to all my kids one year....I am very glad I don't have to dust, pack and move all those books again. I like having books I bought years ago and they don't get damaged. I am VERY thankful I can change type size as my eyes are now damaged and also that I have text to speech

    • rob-hemphill profile image

      Rob Hemphill 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      I'm still a book person, but I suppose that's because I haven't had an experience with a Kindle.

    • SusanAston profile image

      SusanAston 

      5 years ago

      I think a Kindle would be very useful but books are more satisfying to read.

    • LisaMarieGabriel profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @LisaAuch1: The table is still buried :D The Kindle is still my favourite new toy! :D

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      I would appreciate the gift of a Kindle. So far, I use the Kindle app on my computer. I am definitely downsizing in terms of actual books in my home. I use the public library much more these days. When I do purchase a physical book, I tend to sell it right after reading it. I do have some books that I am not ready to give away. I have always treasured books and will continue to do so no matter the form they take. Thanks for sharing your experience. I could relate.

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      Natural_Skin_Care 

      5 years ago

      My Kindle Fire just arrived yesterday and I love it. Amazon Prime just offers so much that you can't afford not to have one.

    • kimberlyschimmel profile image

      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 

      5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      It is most helpful to me when researching. I can load relevant pdf docs and books on my carousel instead of lugging around a pile of physical books/papers. Since I write on the go, that's important to me.

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      Klinetka 

      5 years ago

      I have an older version of Kindle and like it very much. It is very convenient when I travel

    • Katyusha profile image

      Katyusha 

      5 years ago

      I don`t own a kindle. I still have books in my home. I don`t know, I still like the sound of the paper when I list trough them :) Like an old record - it has its own sound I love :)

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      JeremyBentham LM 

      5 years ago

      If this was an audition for Hoarders, you gotta try harder. Nice lens!

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      BarbaraCasey 

      5 years ago

      I'm looking to upgrade to a Kindle Fire from my regular basic version. I appreciated your review on the case. I wasn't sure if I would need one or not. Sounds like a good investment.

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      The house fire got rid of all of my books - and now almost every book I own is on my Kindle. If I still had the hundreds of "real" books I had before, I know I'd have a hard time getting rid of them, but from the time I got my first Kindle it's been easy not to buy more.

    • LisaMarieGabriel profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @SusanDeppner: A house fire is truly horrible! I hope all is well with you now! The good thing about Kindle is that a lot of these "reading" books are pretty cheap to buy and a lot of great classics are even free. I am presently enjoying some Oscar Wilde. I have the book somewhere in the house.... The disadvantage is that the large format art books and books with illustrations just don't transfer to Kindle. I still lovemine though.

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      wleon63 

      5 years ago

      Imagine a library, full of kindles on the shelves? No. Doesn't quite go does it? Lol. This is why I prefer books. I prefer the feel of books, the smell the touch and the turning of real pages. Kindles and E-Readers, although they are fantastic machines to have, will, for me, never equal reading from a real book. I can see how Kindles and E-Readers save space. But you have to look at the who package. With books, it is not just the things I have mentioned but the covers - which can be beautiful. The sentimental value [ which Kindles and E-Readers simply cannot compete with]. And the history of books - which again, Kindles and E-Readers simply do not have.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      5 years ago from California

      I finally got one about a month ago. What I like the best is that if I am reading a book, and quit for the night, I am exactly on the same page next time I turn it on. I did get the pop-up/stand-up case and that makes it great for setting on the bed while watching a movie, and protecting my new toy when it is sitting on the table. Yes, I too love books...always will, but the Kindle does make it very convenient to read, especially when traveling.

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      GameHelp 

      5 years ago

      They make for great presents as well!

      Awesome lens.

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      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      I have an 'older' Kindle and it's the best device for reading, as far as I'm concerned.

      Real books still have their uses though (!) And it's easier to tell where you are in a real book, compared to a Kindle!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      I have a Kindle Fire and also a Kindle Paperwhite. I love both of them, and they have helped to declutter quite a bit! I mostly use the Fire for movies, playing Suduku, facebook, email, etc. I read on the paperwhite..it's much lighter to hold.

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      Paul 

      5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Too many books - sorry, I don't understand the concept :)

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      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      I did chuckle at your photos (my table is exactly the same) BUT although I love my paper books I am most impressed with the Kindle Fire, my daughter got hers for xmas and it really is a fantastic! She loves reading on hers! And goes everywhere with her.

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