Sunday, April 26, 2009

My precious

I got a Kindle, y'all.

I'd been wanting one since they first came out. I read a lot, probably four books a month anyway given all the rotating and cycling through them I do, and even though I generally buy them at a deep discount on eBay or through Amazon's used book sellers, they add up in terms of cost and ... well, piles of books.

But the capital outlay involved with the Kindle initially held me back, along with the fact that I'm generally leery of first generation technologies.

The Kindle 2 released shortly before I finished my taxes and got a hefty refund. Given the money burning a hole in my pocket, my love of gadgets and the number of books I burn through, it was a pretty easy decision.

The new Kindle is has a better screen and more memory than its predecessor.

It's also thinner -- thinner than a pencil! -- and can download a full book in about a minute.

There are lots of classic books available for free download, which is cool. I got Dracula and Frankenstein for free, for example. And the ESV was free, too -- woo! You can also download free samples of books, a sort of try-before-you-buy scenario. Best sellers run $9.99 with older books selling for cheaper.

I am very, very happy. Yay.


David said...

cool. try not to lose it.

Sharon said...

but you can't underline or write in the margin or dog-ear pages or, well, it's just not a book. I don't think I like it. But I'm happy for you.

Nora :) said...

I know, David. Not losing it is pretty much Job 1.

And Sharon -- you can do all those things. Electronically. And the notes and dogears are searchable and backed up on And there's a built-in dictionary. And access to Wiki. It's good. Not a paper book, clearly, but good.

Stacy said...

sounds like fun! but on will we every believe that you are following the sermon and not reading 6 papers worth of funnies? :)

Unknown said...

Hey, Nora, check out this post about cookbooks on the Kindle (esp. The Cook's Illustrated How-to-Cook Library which is free ATM!)

The ESV is free for the Kindle but the ESV Study Bible is only $10 right nowESV Study Bible is only $10 right now with all those great notes and reference pages!