For about a year, I coveted Amazon’s reading device called the Kindle. While there are other reading devices available, I liked the Kindle because you can be just about anywhere, browse Amazon’s books and download a new read in less than a minute.
For Christmas, my husband said, “Order it”. I did, knowing it had a 13 week back order date. I hoped by February or early March I’d have it in hand. Little did I know at the time, but the Kindle 2 was going to make it debut and I’d be getting one of those.
While the Kindle 2 doesn’t have a memory card slot, it provides plenty of on device storage. Amazon keeps a history of all the books you download from them, so you can delete items and re-download them any time.
If you don’t have a good connection, or you prefer, items may be transferred via usb. Yet another option if it is a small files email it to your kindle email address, which Amazon provides, for a small fee of 10 cents per email.
I’ve had my kindle since February 25th, 2009. In that time, I’ve read so much more than I would have had I not had it. It’s just so easy to use. I’ve found many books for free, and many others for just a few dollars. While I am not able to resell, or buy used like I did for paperbacks, it’s beneficial to me just because of how much I am reading. I have found new authors I never knew about and I just love. I’ve read many series I’d not known about.
When asked what the downside is the only one I can think is the lack of organization ability. There are no folders, no way to tag or use keywords. You can sort by book, by author and by date, or just to a different page. Using the Search feature is easy so finding your book isn’t hard. It keeps your most recently read books at the top of the first page, so keeping track of where you are isn’t hard. While the lack of organizing is definitely a downside, it’s absolutely not one to keep me from buying my kindle, or loving it now.
I have read many books, but decided to keep a list of the series I have been reading (My Reads). My list will make it easier to reference the authors I’m waiting on for new books. It has been fun though getting caught up on some series. I have been able to download the next book as soon as I finish one; reading a series one after another is great. I find myself always scanning and searching Amazon for new authors and series.
Who is your favorite author(s)? Do you have a favorite series? Do you read paper books or use a reading device?