The Daily Digital Photo
Chronicling the life of Clayton and Spenser, with memories of Scooter

May 7, 2009

"Aw mom, do I have to pose with the Kindle?"

Several of you have asked how I like my Kindle. Well, I've had it for a couple of months and I like it a LOT. I like that it is so light and portable. It fits into my pocketbook and I can read it using at most one, and sometimes no hands. I like that you can buy a book and boom! it appears on the Kindle in thirty seconds. It uses an invisible wireless connection, no need to plug it into a computer. You can download the first chapter (or equivalent) of books for free, then buy the book only if you like it. I have nixed several books this way, and have upwards of ten first chapters waiting to be sampled. Most books are $9.99 and under. I downloaded Middlemarch for about a dollar, even cheaper than the Penguin edition on my shelf. (Let's see if I read it in this format.) Also handy is the ease with which you can look up a word in the built-in dictionary. You can go onto the Web, but I have not felt the need. On the minus side is that you can't lend someone a book unless you lend them your Kindle. I am reading a wonderful novel which I would like to send to my sister, but sorry, Nancy, you will have to buy it yourself. My only real complaint, however, is that it is not easy to flip back through a book to reread something you missed. You know, when you can't remember who a certain character is, so you wiffle through the pages looking for her name. It's easy to page forward and backward, but you can't wiffle. The Kindle cost $359 which is pretty steep. Even with the price of Kindle books and the ability to sample the first chapter, I probably won't recoup my investment, but I am very glad I made it.