19 March 2009 ~ 1 Comment

(Product) Kindle 2 from Amazon – why I lurve it

I said I wanted one when the Kindle 1 was out, but I was reluctant to give up my actual books. I joked that if the Kindle 2 came out near my birthday, I’d buy one… and wouldn’t you know it… so I bit the bullet and got myself one for my birthday. I knew I’d like it… but…

This thing rocks! It is the shredded cheddar in my omelet. The whipped cream on my frappuccino… the… oh, you get the point.

I’ve seen a Kindle 1 and I got to play with one and while it looked WAY cooler in person, but I wasn’t sold. When I saw pictures of the Kindle 2, I was sold – and it was a great decision for me to wait. The Kindle 2 really is a good upgrade.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you about it, Amazon does a good job of that… but these are the reasons I’m in love with it:

  1. All of my books (up to I believe 1500) can be in ONE compact little book-thingy.
  2. The text is SO crisp. I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting, but it’s absolutely amazing. Everyone who sees it comments on the fact that it’s so… readable!
  3. I can change the text size. All hail the half-blind folks! I like to read in bed laying down, but I can’t do that with my glasses on or it bugs me (side layer here!). With most traditional books, I can’t read it really well, but with the Kindle, I just adjust my font and voila – I can read without my glasses. I can adjust it back down for when I’m reading with my glasses too!
  4. I can get a book any time I want. I was actually reading one night and thought “ya know, I’d like to read the next book right away in this series” so… (without even getting up or moving or anything!) I brought up the Kindle store and had the book on my device within like a minute. Heh. That so rocked.
  5. No backlighting! Reading on a LCD screen can tire your eyes out… I love the E-Ink technology and the fact that, like a traditional book, you have to use a book light or something like that. No eye strain!
  6. Reducing the “stuff” in my house. I’ve been getting rid of paperbacks right and left. I’m all about reducing the “stuff” and “clutter” in my life and the Kindle is right up that particular goal in my life.
  7. It’s affordable. Okay, now don’t freak out. Yes, the $360 you pay upfront can be a bite, but for the ease of use, I think this was a smart purchase. I read about 100 books per year, so that’s about $1000 if I spend $10 on each book, not cheap, but considering the money I spend on books already plus the postage to trade books and my time keeping up with my trades… I think it will end up being about the same actually. That’s NOT to say I’m giving up on paperback books, but I’m going to mix and match for a while. AND there are free books available for your Kindle ­čÖé
  8. Emailing PDFs and other formats to it and it converting it – this is SO useful for books that only come in ebook format. Amazon charges me 10 cents to do it, but big deal. I don’t have to sit at my computer to read it! Genius!

Don’t get me wrong, it has it’s down sides too – it’s not exactly waterproof (put it in a ziploc bag is my plan), you can’t really share books (which will cut into my bookcrossing addiction, but help me with time honestly LOL). I do wish they had left the wireless on/off switch as a physical switch. I prefer that to the software one, but eh, that’s a minor thing.

Anyway, if you are a book lover, you simply must buy this. Now. It’s SO coooool! I promise… you won’t regret it!



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From Amazon.com:
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One Response to “(Product) Kindle 2 from Amazon – why I lurve it”

  1. lmf 19 July 2009 at 5:51 pm Permalink

    Just the info I needed! I'm buying one for a friend's birthday.
    Thanks!
    Linda Farley


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