October 11, 2010

Well hello, gorgeous!

It's official: I received a Kindle for my birthday.

It's an interesting thing, having a Kindle. I've always been pro-print, and while I have seen the usefulness of having an e-reader (not lugging around ten pounds of books everywhere, good to travel with, etc.), I hadn't considered buying one. Not now, and not even in my wish-list "wouldn't it be nice to have this" future.

And yet here I am, with a Kindle. First impressions? Pretty. It's a pretty device, sleek, smooth, nice. The basic commands are pretty easy to learn, although more complicated stuff (highlighting, notes, etc.) I haven't quite figured out yet. (Probably because I generally don't highlight or make notes in my print books...)

Anyway, so far I've downloaded a few of those free classics from Amazon. Today I read Frankenstein for the first time, on the Kindle. Reading experience? Takes some getting used to, but acceptable. We'll see how it goes in the future.

In short, I'll definitely be using the Kindle (probably mostly for those free e-books in the near future), but what I want to hear now are your Kindle stories. Like I said, I hadn't even thought of having one, and now that there's a Kindle in my lap, I almost don't know what to do with it. Do any of you have Kindles? What do you do on them? What features do you find the most useful? Also, do any of you have a favorite Kindle cover? I definitely need to get one -- I'm not trusting my overstuffed bag to keep the Kindle intact without one.


  1. I'm curious about them. I'd like one. My daughter has one and loves it. But I do love holding a book in my hands and turning pages.

  2. Congratulations! I have a Kindle too (I have the cover with the built-in light, and it works pretty well.) I mostly read on mine, but there are ways to upload your own documents (I think you can e-mail them to your Kindle address), go online, and listen to music. Go through the User's Guide and explore the Menu options to see what you can do. Highlighting is pretty easy; you just move the cursor to where you want to start, click, move to the end point, and click again. That's also how you use the dictionary to look up a word. I like being able to download samples before buying a book. Also, it's helpful to make collections to keep your books organized. (Otherwise, you'll be going through page after page to find a book.) Enjoy!

  3. Thanks for the thoughts! I'll definitely be trying out a few new tricks and tips.

  4. What a great gift, Rebecca. I'm debating whether to get one myself, so interested to hear what you think!

  5. I don't think I can say how much I love my Kindle. A thousand books at my fingertips. I love it because I reread books that I love, sometimes will read several books at once and with a Kindle I don't have to decide which book to bring with me. I am currently reading The Jungle Book, Twighlight, The Lightning Thief. The only thing I don't like is that Harry Potter is not availible, and those books are heavy!