Friday, May 30, 2008

i love me some kindle

I don't often covet things, especially electronics. But I've had my eye on something for months and decided my recent birthday was as good a time as any to make the splurge so I went for it, clickety click and bought myself a Kindle from Amazon. I justified this in a few ways. 1. We'll be travelling a lot soon and carrying a ton of books around is completely impractical and 2. It seems much more earth friendly to read books this way rather than the usual way I devour them and then allow them to pile up, one sad dead tree after another.

Let me state for the record that I was not asked, paid or coerced to talk about my Kindle in any way, in fact no one outside of J even knows I have one until today. But let me be clear: I freaking love my new baby pretty pet Kindle.

My pretty pet Kindle is amazing. It will download a book in less than a minute and bam, it pops up on my screen. In fact, I just finished reading Metro Mama's post about a new book she loved so I pushed a couple buttons and bam, I've got that book in my Kindle. (take that, Canada!)

It's easy to use, it remembers the page you left off on even if you fall asleep while reading it and lets you make notes in the margins if you are a reader who does such things. There are a good amount of "books" you can purchase and so far I've been able to find just about every book I want to read in a Kindle version. It's small, and I cannot wait to load 10 books into it and toss it into my backpack, thus lightening my load by 7 pounds. God how i love my little baby pet Kindle. You can even buy new books through the Kindle itself, in this case those crafty marketers suit me perfectly, I'm on a long road trip and think hey I'd love to read that book and in seconds, dude. I'm reading that book. Manipulate me all you want clever marketers, but I love, love, love my new baby pet Kindle. It's a traveller's dream.

If there is a con and there always is, I might miss the feel and smell of books and occasionally I hit the wrong button and annoy myself and most importantly books are about $10 a download, which can add up if you go nuts but I still contest I'll be saving money and certainly trees and a ton of space. If you are a voracious reader and aren't always able to find the books you want or are planning to go live a long life in a jungle somewhere far away from bookstores, my baby pet pretty Kindle can change your life.

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23 comments:

QT said...

Dude- is J jealous of Kindle yet? Cuz it seems like it is fulfilling a LOT of instant-gratification type needs...

metro mama said...

I can't wait to get one!

Kyla said...

Yes, this is the next toy I want. I'm sure it will be a long while before I get one...but it sounds dreamy.

Magpie said...

Huh. Interesting. I can see your point.

I'm all about books from the library, second-hand, borrowed from friends, re-sold, given to others - it's a swirling universe of book trading. How do you do that with the pretty pet? And I never go anywhere so I don't need to cut down the load.

But it's probably the way of the future.

Bob said...

providing the jungles have stable internet access, this sounds like a deal (oh, and electricity to recharge it or at least a battery store).

I do agree, though, if you travel a lot where these things are in abundance then this is a gem of a device.

But in the more rural areas where electricity, if available, is by gas-powered generator and in limited supply then traditionally bound books are more practical, if bulky. I'm kinda with Magpie here - while these days paper backs cost 10 bucks, they can be traded with or gifted to others. There's even an organization that promotes leaving books in public places (airports, waiting rooms, etc.) so they can be picked up and read by others, to be passed forward when done.

but I do love new gadgets!

painted maypole said...

i'm not there yet, reading books electronically, but I can see the allure. particularly in the jungle. but will you be able to charge it up? ;)

Deezee said...

So happy to hear a first hand account of this (can I count this as first hand???) because I've been really curious about this tempting little device. How long does it hold a charge, because, you know, that could be an issue in that jungle setting. :)

(and when are you going to let us in on the secret upcoming travels???)

meno said...

I totally have Kindle envy. Might have to clickety-click at Amazon myself.

Mad said...

Ya, like Bob, I was going to wonder about wireless or electrical access in many of the places that you will find yourself traveling to. I can see the utility of an e-book reading device for people who travel a lot, especially people who are stuck on planes for much of their business life. For a homebody like me, though, nothing beats the library. Oh the musty smell of used books. It's a drug.

Jennifer said...

I haven't even heard of this new-fangled Kindle thing. What will the kids think of next?!

Janet said...

Cool! I wonder why they named it "kindle?" It reminds me of kindling which is, um, burnable. Still.

If you are going to be of a fixed address on your travels, send it to me. I will ship you an in-the-flesh book from time to time.

flutter said...

You don't really need to justify a purchase, jen. But DAYUM that thing is cool and I think I totally want one

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Have been contemplating this purchase since I commute everyday by train and do a TON of reading. I think you now have me convinced!

Cecilieaux said...

You sound like me with my car. In a moment of passion, I told my girlfriend she was better than a [my car's brand]. She looked at me quizzically, then let out a roaring belly laugh as soon as she realized how earnest my praise was.

Amy Y said...

I have never heard of this before! I think it's brilliant! I would love to see us go to a 100% digital media one of these days... no more dead trees, no more packaging, no more waste.
How cool!

NotSoSage said...

Mmm...I'm interested to hear about your experience travelling with it. It sounds too good to be true, but if it's not, I'm gonna want one.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I've had mine since January and am still just as enthusiastic as you seem to be. Don't forget you can download books in the public domain for free. Try Manybooks.net which has books in the Kindle format you can download directly just as one does from Amazon. There are other sources as well, so check some of the bloggers on this (Stephen Windwalker is especially helpful).

Bon said...

i love the idea, and you're the first real person i know who has one, so i was really happy to read this. for travelling it sounds wicked...Dave and i once lugged half a library through SE Asia and it was just silly.

but...but...i have all those old, dinged up books now as artifacts of time and place. and i know my house can't FIT anymore artifacts, but i still hate to let them slip into the ephemeral, somehow.

Joker The Lurcher said...

this is so my sort of gadget! i am very low tech in lots of ways (still boil the kettle on the gas, walk everywhere, open fire and stuff) but things that communicate like this are fabulous. be a while before i have the dosh for one but a girl can dream...

Gwen said...

Congrats! Can't wait to hear where you and your pretty pet travel together.

crazymumma said...

I bet Bookangel asks for one for her 11th birthday.

ms chica said...

I'm little relieved you made this post. Ultimately, it convinces me you are human and not an incarnate of Mother Theresa or Ghandi...they said fuck too, right?

I'm curious about the backlighting and the screen. Is it easy to read for hours on end?

cynematic said...

If a Kindle mated with an iPhone, and I could read and answer email, plus update my blog and web surf on the result...well I'd never leave the house again. But I'd be happy.