KindleTouch: Review -To Kindle or Not to Kindle…That is the Question!

Kindle TouchI love everything that a book has to offer.  I love the story and the places a book can take you.  I love the weight of a book in my hand.  I love the feel of the paper.  I even enjoy turning pages.  So, I swore that I would never own a Kindle.  Why would I ever own one, I have a library full of books 10 minutes away from my home.  I do not “need” a Kindle I said to myself and anyone who cared to listen.  Most of my friends agreed with me.  One person made the mistake of bringing a Kindle to the book club meeting.  Some vehemently voiced their dislike of the electronic device, some were curious, and others kept their thoughts to themselves.

Why am I telling you all of this, you ask?  Well a couple of months ago I won a $100 Amazon gift card. (Thank you A Mom Knows readers!)  I held on to it for awhile.  I had a whole bunch of things in my shopping cart, but I just never finished the process of checking out.  I know this is odd, especially for me because usually any form of money burns a hole in my pocket.  Well, every time I logged into Amazon the first thing on the screen was the Kindle.  I caved and started looking.  A few of my family members and friends have Kindles so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

It only took a few times looking at the different Kindles and I wanted one.  The only problem was that I felt like I was “cheating” on books, after all I Love books.  The deciding factor for me was my illness.  I have Myasthenia gravis and it is a muscle weakening disease.  I kept reading in my facebook support group how people with this illness love their Kindles because sometimes a book is just too heavy to hold.  That was all the justification that I needed because now I “needed” a Kindle.

I purchased the Kindle touch.  Here is what I love about my Kindle.

  • Simple to use touch screen
  • Light and compact, it has a 6” screen and only weighs 7.5 ounces.
  • Holds up to 3,000 books (That’s a lot of books in an itty, bitty, living space!)
  • Long Battery life
  • Tap to turn the pages
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • Adjustable text sizes
  • E-ink display, the black on gray is easier on my eyes
  • Has text-to-speech, audio books, and mp3
  • You can borrow books for free from your library
  • X-ray feature lets you look up characters, historical figures and interesting phrases
  • Built in dictionary, just touch the word and the definition appears
  • Highlight your favorite phrases
  • Amazon has a lot of free books and games

I am loving my Kindle.  I have about 40 books and a couple of games downloaded, all of them free.  I love that it is light and compact.  I carry it with me everywhere I go.  I never know when I am going to have the opportunity to read.

The Kindle is the perfect fit for me in my life.  I would recommend one to anyone who is thinking about buying one.  I still love the feel of a book in my hands and I will continue reading them, because not every book is an e-book and because a book is a book in any form.

beckyA Mom Knows Contributor

About Becky

I am a stay at home mom to 2 teenagers. I have a 20 year old daughter and a 17 year old son, and a husband who is just a big kid at heart. I teach piano lessons from my home. I am going back to college and sometimes wonder if I am crazy for doing this. I absolutely love anything and everything crafty. I especially love to stamp, crochet and sew.

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