Thursday, April 12, 2012

K: Kindle

I can't say enough about how much I love my Kindle. For the e-book non-believers that say how they would miss the feel of holding the book in your hand, let me just say you're wrong. I can't tell you how many times I have been reading on my Kindle and reached up to physically turn the page and then realize I was on my Kindle.

I started out with a Kindle Keyboard, below right. If you are just interested in reading books, that type would be perfect. has the Keyboard and other similar versions available from $79.00 to $379.00.

I recently purchased a Kindle Fire, above left. Although you can access the internet with any of the Kindles, I like being able to view both web pages and books in color on the Kindle Fire. I also like being able to download music, videos, and photos to my Fire.

So far, I have found two disadvantages of the Fire vs the Keyboard. First is the weight. While not what I would call heavy, the Fire does weigh more than the Keyboard. Second, the Fire is very difficult to read in sunlight, or bright light. While at McDonald's the other day, I tried reading my email on the Fire when sitting next to the window. I finally had to give up because the glare was so bad. With the Kindle Keyboard, glare is not an issue.

The biggest advantage of using a Kindle, or any e-reader, is that I can carry all of my books with me no matter where I go. I currently have about forty books on my Kindle Fire, with plans to buy more. My husband has taken over my Kindle Keyboard and has about the same number of books on it. Can you imagine trying to carry all of those books around with you?

Tell me, do love or hate your e-reader?


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  1. I looked at both last week and decided I liked the aspect of the Fire, and am in the process of trying to persuade the spouse to buy it for me. I loved my Sony; I also had 40-50 books on it when it died, and wish these had been around when I was a teenager! I was the kid who packed a suitcase full of books for car trips or even vacations in general. My parents were not amused, and often I had to leave several behind, but made up for it by buying more when I exhausted my supply. So you can see how having a device would have saved arguments:)