I 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.