My oldest daughter gave me my very first Christmas gift (that she bought with money she earned from her first job) this last Christmas. It was a Kindle! I had been kind of toying with the idea of getting a Kindle for a while since I have always been a reader and love all kinds of books.
I found the Kindle reading application on Amazon for free last October and downloaded it to my laptop. I started out just kind of perusing all the titles out there and decided to try some of the free books first because I’m just not really much of a gambler. I like to try things out and see if I like them before just plunging in and taking off with something new.
Being a person that worked at a bookstore for 8 ½ years I can tell you I had my doubts. I really wasn’t sure how I would feel about reading full books and such on an electronic device, which is kind of an odd notion since I catch up on news, read blogs and all kinds of articles on computer anyway. Then I held back because I like the “feel” of books. There’s just something about holding the paper, feeling the pages, and using bookmarks what can I say? So I held back for a long time before just trying things out.
Needless to say after downloading the books from Amazon on my laptop, I was pretty hooked. After all, one thing about electronic books is that they can be interactive; which is just not something you can get from a paperback or hardback book. You can find links to references, other books, blogs, or even moving illustrations. Okay, so I was hooked pretty much from the moment I tried the Kindle app.
Then at Christmas Casey gave me a Kindle. I now have close to 160 books on my Kindle with all kinds of different subjects, including cookbooks, a calendar, and a few games. I just love my Kindle! It’s great for the knowledge seekers like me who wind up reading 4-5 books at a time. Amazon also lets you sync your library from laptop to Kindle so that the titles are available on both, which I love! Now I want the Kindle Fire because it’s a bit more interactive and has touch screen features, but I will wait a bit for my upgrade.
I buy items from Amazon a lot as well, it’s not the only on-line shopping network I use, but it is usually the first place I look for some things. So I looked into the Amazon Prime and joined that too. I took my time to think about it because it is $79.00 per year, but you can check out books from the Prime lending library for free, and if you watch they have special prices on all sorts of items and free delivery on many others. After calculating things out, I decided it was well worth the investment. I have already saved $25.00 from using Prime so I know it will pay for its self in no time at all.
So if you have not checked out the reading applications yet and are still hesitant about the idea, then try it out on your phone or computer first to see what you think. Yes, I realize I am a bit slow, but I also know I am not the only one, so I thought I would share.
Cherry Coley ©