Thursday, June 12, 2008
My new toy
I am now the owner of an Amazon Kindle, and I am enthralled. This lovely little device is smaller and lighter weight than every book I'm currently reading in hard copy. Once you buy a Kindle version of the book you want, it is delivered wirelessly to your unit within a minute. You can sit it in your lap and click a single button to turn the page. When you're ready to stop, the unit remembers where you left off and will bring you right back to that spot when you return. You can have up to 200 books (that's what the specs say anyway) loaded on the unit and add even more with an SD card should you desire.
I was hesitant about this purchase for multiple reasons. First, I love books. Love 'em. I have shelves of them of all different genres. I love the feel of books. I love making them my own with notes and highlights. I have some books in my library that I've had for 25 years. So, I wasn't sure about an electronic book. I have a few technical books in PDF format that I like having for reference use so that I don't always have to turn to the book to find something I'm looking for. But, the Kindle would mean starting a whole different relationship with my books. Could I do it?
Second, is the cost. It's not a cheap little gadget. But thanks to a cross country trip to visit family and a deal on my credit card to get triple Amazon points, I ended up with almost enough Amazon bucks to cover the cost.
So, I took the plunge. And so far, this little baby is awesome. I haven't even begun to play with features like access to newspapers, magazines, popular blogs and so forth, but I have downloaded my first book. Oh joy, oh bliss! How sweet it is!
This could be dangerous. I can carry a boatload of books with me every where I go. No more trying to figure out which books to carry on the plane with me and which ones to pack. Everything comes with me in one conveniently small package. If I want a new book, I just type in the name, click Buy and there it is! Dangerous...yes, very dangerous.
Even non-Kindle books can be converted to be used on the Kindle with a simple, free converter program. So, that means virtually any book I can get in PDF form can go on my Kindle with just minimal effort. Hmmm...I'm liking this more and more!
I think I'll still have to buy some books in hard copy. Not everything has a Kindle version (yet). And, I don't think I can go completely cold turkey on having my hands on a "real" book. But, if my first few hours of ownership are any indication, I think I'm going to have a very long and wonderfully meaningful relationship with my new Kindle.