Last night was the start of a beautiful relationship. I was filled with glee and excitement as I drove home after a 10 hour work day. I knew as I walked up the front walk to my door there in all its glory would sit a brown box with the familiar Amazon smile logo on the side of it. If you hadn't guessed already, or looked at my twitter, I received my Kindle 3 last night!
Despite the exhaustion I felt from the work day I hurried inside and ripped open the box with much gusto, squealing in delight (yes, I squealed...). I've had a Kindle App on my Motorola Droid, but this was so much better. Definitely worth the $139 I paid for it. I spent a little extra for a cover, since I am admittedly horrible at protecting my electronics.
I didn't get the one with 3G. The city I live in offers free WiFi within city limits, so I just hopped onto theirs and downloaded several books.
I will be the first to admit that before I started getting interested in the indie author scene I was very hesitant to try out an eReader. Even yesterday I had still thought I wouldn't enjoy reading my Kindle nearly as much as I enjoyed reading from an actual book. I have to say my Kindle won me over very quickly.
- No need for bookmarks! It saves your place for you , and you can bookmark favorite parts, highlight, and make notes on parts of a book to your heart's content. With a regular book, I tend to be especially great at accidentally closing the book and losing my place.
- Easier on your wrists. The lighter weight is definitely a plus. I remember the nightmarish weight of trying to hold and read my book of the combined LOTR trilogy...I checked...its longer than the bible and way heavier.
- Environmentally...less paper used, no gas wasted to deliver books to a bookstore, for me to drive to one, etc.
- Less clutter in the house. I already have shelves that are jam-packed with books. Saying that, some books I might still buy the paperback if I really wanted it.
- I didn't feel like I was reading off of a computer screen...though benefits like adjusting text size are a BIG bonus. I can't adjust the text size in my paperbacks, and this has proven to cause me to read less. Small text puts me to sleep regardless of if I wear my glasses or not. (I'm farsighted).
- I'm also able to load audio books that I own onto it and the speaker quality is great.
Overall, I have to say, boys and girls, that I think I have switched over to the dark side...I am thoroughly impressed and happy with my Kindle. I still will always have a special place in my heart and my bookshelf for my beloved paperbacks that I currently own. I am sure I will still frequent my favorite indie book store in Historic Sanford too. But I am quickly falling in love with my Kindle. It is a great way to show support for some of my favorite indie authors and discover even more of them. I can pay decent prices for their e books, happy in knowing that it is them, the authors, that receive the royalties and not some big NY publisher.