A Kindle Way of Life

08 Jan

012Christmas before last, my husband gave me a Kindle Fire. Sure, I had thought about having an e-reader one day, but I was quite happy with having an actual book in my lap. My dream was always to write a book I could hold in my hands. I’m grateful I got to have just that before we all turn electronic one day.

After making my New Year’s resolution to exercise last year, I noticed that I could multi-task by using my exercise bike and utilize Facebook at the same time. Once I finished checking in, I could read email or an e-book while cycling away. I also use my Kindle to look for information on the internet.  Sometimes, I get quicker results than on my computer.

This past year I had some major editing to do on a manuscript, so I looked for a couple of craft books for inspiration. The two books I chose were available in e-book format, so I opted for the electronic version mainly because of the cheaper price. A nice surprise was that I could lay my small kindle next to my computer instead of two books. I’d zip through the pages of the reader as I worked and my husband got tired of hearing about how convenient this arrangement was.

Several authors have free or discounted e-books so I download them on my Kindle. I get excellent buys on 013books and easily store them on my Kindle, verses filling my already full bookcase or end tables. I like that my books are more affordable as e-books, too.

I look at my pile of magazines and think that I will start ordering them in e-book format, so I won’t have them lying around, and will be at hand on the Kindle I have in my bag when I’m out and about, or travelling to see my family. When I do travel my Kindle is smaller and lighter than my computer, and it is WiFi accessible.

Just before Christmas break, I worked with a high school student who likes to read but struggles with vocabulary/hard words. To help her understand, we looked at the other words in the sentence before and after to help her understand the meaning of the word. Her eyes lit up when I told her that on a Kindle you can touch the word on the page and the meaning comes up.

I love to read to my grandchildren. I started thinking that if I could have my favorite children’s e-books on hand where ever I am, then I’ll always have the opportunity to read to them while not having to carry the copies around.

I found some free and inexpensive children’s e-books. This past Christmas I got a chance to read them to my grandchildren. I did read hard cover books to them while they were here, and it was perfect just before bedtime. Yet, in the living room, I noticed how easy it was to pull the kids into my lap when they were fussing, getting bored, or tired, and open the Kindle Fire and read. The kids and I enjoyed the color pictures and how they slid across the screen. In my opinion, at that moment, they enjoyed the e-book version as much as the hard cover books.

It took me a little while to understand the value of my husband’s gift, but now I consider it to be a gift that keeps on giving.


Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Blogs, Boise, books, ebook, Family, Idaho, readers, reading, travel


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8 responses to “A Kindle Way of Life

  1. marsharwest

    January 8, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Well, I’m a Nook fan, Mary. I was slow to come around to this new format. (But I’m not big on change of any kind, so this was mammoth!) I’m astounded by how much I love reading on the Nook. The ease of purchasing is great, too. I remember reading numerous posts on the PRO Loop of RWA a year or so ago about which device was the best device. I came to believe that whichever one you had was the “best.” I got Nook because my CP at the time had one.
    My grands, too have loved reading on the Nook. This year they got their own small devices loaded with cool books and games. These are babies, mind you, 3 1/2 and 2. I am concerned about the impact of all this on schools and teachers, but you gotta go with the times or be left behind. Figure I’ll only have a “real” newspaper another year or two. I’ll really miss that.

  2. Janis McCurry

    January 8, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    I have an iPad and enjoy it very much for reading and surfing the ‘net. However, I still have my newspaper subscription because it’s a daily ritual I love. Of course, I also read the news online and so often see article in the newspaper I’ve already read. The instant access is definitely a plus.

  3. stephanieberget

    January 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    I love my Kindle. I didn’t think I’d ever want an e-reader. I loved books, but the ease of purchasing books did it for me. Before to get a new book, I’d have to drive an hour or order it and wait several days. Oh, and I don’t see our local paper lasting much longer. It’s too bad. It’s the only way we get local news.

  4. Peggy Staggs

    January 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I received a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. I love it! I have a larger Kindle, but I can stick the little one in my purse and I know I’ll never have to WASTE time waiting again. And If I finish a book when I’m out I can buy a new one right then and there and not have to make a special trip to the book store.
    I’ll never give up my paper books and I’ll never give up my Kindle. They both have their place and having the option is great.

  5. Jennifer

    January 8, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Love my Kindle Fire! So do my kiddos. It’s amazing to watch my 2 year old zip around on it. She finds books to look at and games to play. You can also turn the parental controls on so the little ones don’t do any one-click shopping without your permission.

  6. Lynn Mapp

    January 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    My son and daughter-in-law got me a Kindle for Christmas. I haven’t loaded a book on it yet, but they understand I’m moving in baby steps.

  7. Corina Mallory

    January 9, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    E-readers are fabulous! I’m traveling right now and the space savings of just bringing my Fire instead of a pile of books and a laptop is a game changer. In fact, I read your blog and am commenting from my Fire right now. I love living in the future!

  8. Judith Keim

    January 9, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    I was a longer holdout than some but have had my Kindle Fire since they first came out. But it’s only been in the last couple of months that I’ve begun reading more books on Kindle than the real thing. I’ll never give up the real thing, though. I savor the touch, the feel, the smell, the texture of holding a real book and reading it. Purchasing is a lot easier on the Kindle though and that is super cool.


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