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My E-Reader, The Kindle, and Why I Love It

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Classic Literature! I just love it! From Sherlock Holmes to Treasure Island I just can’t get enough of those older books, and the list of books I would love to read is…staggering.  My bookshelf at home is bursting with books, old and new, and I’m running out of room as it is.  I like holding a real book in my hands, but I can’t keep buying all the books I want to read until I buy that library I’ve been dreaming of owning.

This is why the Kindle is such a relief to me.  I can read all the old classics without running out of room on my shelf.  True, my Kindle has limited storage space, but it’s still more space than I have on my shelf, and given the number of classic books in existence that’s a relief.

There’s another reason I love my Kindle.  I’ve heard it said that the best things in life are free.  If this is true, then some of the best things in life are available for the Kindle.  A lot of old classics are available for FREE!  You’ll have to pay for an expensive device, but once you do E-Books are cheaper and some are free, like Oliver Twist.  How classic can you get?

I can’t tell you how the Kindle compares to other E-Readers.  I bought the Kindle with special offers because it is what I could afford, but the truth is what I got was all I really needed.  Some of the extra features that other E-Readers have aren’t necessary in the least.  I don’t need 3G, I don’t need a bigger size, I don’t need a touch screen, I don’t need color, and I don’t really need anything except for something to read books with.  I can now check up on the old classics more easily than I ever could before, and that’s a good thing, so I love my Kindle, and that’s the truth of it.

Of course if I ever get that library, I’d probably forget about the Kindle completely, but that’s a different story.

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  • I can’t say enought great things about the Kindle either. I just spent the past month traveling in Mexico, and to be able to carry one book (Kindle) and have it hold hundreds of books is awesome. I love the Kindle book cover and built in light too.

  • Personally I bought a cheaper Kindle Cover with no light, but I can understand why you probably like it. I also do read regular books as well, and will probably get more, but Kindle books are pretty convenient. I’m reading the old Wizard of Oz books on my Kindle right now, and there are a lot of them, so it’s a good thing I can have them all in one place like that.

  • I just went through my books and got rid of many I have been planning to read because I I would prefer to read books on my Kindle. Yes, I still read “dead tree books,” especially if the Kindle version is more than $9.99. I just had cataract surgery and having a standard easy-on-the-eyes background and scalable type has been a real boon. I love the classics too and do a blog on out of copyright books most of which are free.

  • bliffle

    I have a number of good books that replace my old paper books with eBooks and Audiobooks that I accumulated on my laptop library and I’d like to port several (or all!) over to my new Kindle HDX Fire 16gb 7in and read and listen to books there. But I find it difficult to use, with an erratic UI and unclear instructions. This is the first android I’ve used with any success at all, so I have to master that learning curve. I hoped I could figure things out by trial and error, perhaps with the aid of some kind of context sensitive “Help”, but only T&E has worked at all. I designed a number of UIs in the 80’s and 90’s and the CUA (common user access) standard and tools was the best because it was widespread and it solved many of the early Mac conundrums. Too bad Microsoft abandoned it (or parts, anyhow) I suppose out of spreading ignorance as UIs spread out and janitors were hired as programmers. (IBM developed it for OS/2 and MS adopted CUA for Win3 so there was a big surge in code demand).

    I’ve got to figure out how to copy my old ebooks, audiobooks, MP3s and videos over to the Kindle. Looks like the “Kindle Free time” icon may lead me there. I hope. Time to stop yakking and go back to reading and doing.