As readers, the new electronic reading devices have been separating us into two camps. Those who are open to it for convenience, portability, etc. and those who refuse to consider a device that doesn’t feel like a book, smell like a book, or look like a book. If you are in the later camp, let me encourage you to take another look.
I recently purchased a new Kindle 2. I bought the smaller one, not the DX, because of the desire to stash it into any of my purses. Oh the vanity! For months, I’ve been reading on the Kindle app on my iPhone, and LOOOVED it. However, the amount of eye strain and headaches I was getting just got to be too much. I had thought the full-on system was ridiculous because if I can keep my devices down to 1, then I’m usually happy. I also thought that it was SO expensive…
Until I bought 18 hard-backs over the holidays. (I re-read my books constantly, so paperbacks usually fall apart on me.) Books are my vice… I just can’t help myself when I see a shop. I’ve always had a dream to own my own little “shop around the corner”… But after dropping that much on books, I realized that the Kindle really wasn’t that expensive compared to the books. And it would help save me some space for “real” books on our shelves. You didn’t think I proudly display all of my smutty ones, did you? As for price, the most expensive book I’ve bought for the Kindle has been $10. Yes, the initial investment was around $260 at Amazon.com, but after you consider that near $400 I dropped at Bookland, I would have come out much cheaper had I just gotten the Kindle earlier.
The Whispernet connectivity lets me buy books where I am… carline, dance class, by the pool or in bed. Ahh, the luxury of buying a new book as SOON as you finish the last. Instantly. That second. When you are dying to find out what happens next in the series. You get the picture.
So as for my review of the Kindle, I’ll give it an A+ and encourage anyone who asks if it’s worth it to go and find out for themselves!