Saturday, March 13, 2010

An Early Birthday Present -- A Kindle!

I am a bookaholic. I love books. I have books all over the house -- bookcases in the living room, the kitchen, the office, the studio, the bedroom -- everywhere. Books stacked double-deep and books wedged in tightly, books reverently allowed their own special shelves and books stacked in baskets waiting to be passed on to friends and family.

So I've been going through some angst about whether or not to Kindle.
(photo by Amazon.com)

Part of me felt like I'd be betraying books. There's something about holding a book in my hands -- the heft of it, the feel of the paper. I love paper, the promise of the story when I turn the first page. How was I going to get that with an electronic device?

But there were some pretty good reasons for having the best of both worlds. With a Kindle, I could download (free of charge in many cases) a lot of classics that I've always wanted to read. I got all 51 of Charles Dickens books for .99, for example -- where would I STORE those in this house that has become overrun with books?

I also like that should I need to, I can adjust the font size. Some days my eyes will not hold up, and knowing I can bump up the font is pretty awesome.

The price put me off for a while until I mentally added up how much I spend in a couple months on books and I solved that issue right then. And finally, my favorite ten or fifteen books are all in the 800-1000 page category, so having them as autographed books rocks, but being able to cart them to the gym without dislocating my shoulder seriously rocks.

Anyone have one of these? Anyone very much pro (or con) Kindle? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

EDITED: I'm editing this to say I will never quit buying regular books --- I just can't give that up. Kindle is a cool convenience but nothing can replace a book.

24 comments:

  1. My husband surprised me with a Kindle for Christmas, and I love it. I wanted one for a while, but am too thrifty to buy it for myself. I still love books better, and there are books I want in the physical sense so I don't get them on kindle. But what makes the kindle worth having are the adjustable font size, the built in Oxford dictionary, the book sample feature, and the sheer portability of hundreds and hundreds of books in one device. If you are an mp3 player convert, you will understand how amazing it is to condense so much mass into such a small space.
    There are glitches, like the occasional scanning errors in texts, the wonky experimental internet access feature, the occasional lock up, just like with any other electronic devise. I miss closing a book, pondering the cover, the blurbs, but we have found the entire family using the kindle and liking it in the past three months. Not all books are available for download, but many are, and most are in the 10 dollar range. Many classics are free, and I've taken full advantage of that perk. Good luck with your decision.

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  2. one of my friends has this and she LOVES it. carries it everywhere. she loved the idea of the storage too, and you know how i hate clutter... i think this is the perfect thing!

    but.

    i don't read books. ugh. i know i know. so shoot me. you know, i listen to them.

    thus my glorious and wonderful iTouch...which is kinda like a kindle in that i can store all my books in it...:) right? it's kinda the same, right? lol (the jury is out on that right now)

    in the meantime... happy early birthday to you lori!!! :)

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  3. Hey Lori, the ipad is coming out in a few weeks for around $500 and you can download newspapers, books too I believe. In addition, it does a million other things.
    Jeanette

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  4. Hi Jeanette! Is that one connected to the iPhone as well? I've wanted one but our entire family is on one phone bill and it's unfortunately not the one for the iPhone. :-(

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  5. Wonderful present! I confess to having double-deep books too!

    I've had my Kindle for a long time (it's the earliest version -- and I admit I bump up the font size too). I have classics (like the complete Jane Austen for .99), books I adore and will read over and over again (Stephen King), new books if I am traveling, and books I can't find at the library. However, I couldn't afford to buy everything I read so I still use my library (.50 per hold) a lot! And also try to support my local independent bookseller.

    It all boils down to: SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME!

    Enjoy! And early happy birthday!

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  6. OH, P.S.

    You can easily convert any PDF book to Kindle using MobiPocket. There are lots of free PDF books out there.

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  7. Happy early birthday!
    I am afraid I have to admit that my reading has been overtaken by beading, and all things related to beading. But my boss's wife got a Kindle for Christmas and absolutely loves it and she is an avid reader. So I would say go for it.

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  8. I will stick with books because they seem more real to me and also - mostly - because I get so tired of looking at a screen and clicking and pushing buttons! If I weren't online so darn much I would probably have a slightly different opinion.

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  9. I am not sure if it's a phone too...you should check it out...and when you want to read a book you just hold the ipad in landscape position.

    http://www.apple.com/ipad/

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  10. Lucky you! I don't have one, but have considered it. I get a lot of books from the library, so don't buy as many as I used to. So, for me, I'm not sure if I can justify the expense at this point.

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  11. Lucky you! I have not given much thought to Kindle yet but I'm sure I'll end up with one, eventually. Have fun!!

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  12. I am like you, I like the feel of books, so I have often wondered if I would get on with these electronic books. I'm not sure if I could curl up in bed with one.

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  13. Like you Lori, we have a whole study full of books, books in the lounge books in the Kitchen, workroom, studio Lara has more in her flat but I just don't think I could buy a kindle, it wouldn't be the same, I love the feel of books and the smell of them lol.

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  14. Oh, lucky, lucky girl! I want a Kindle. :)

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  15. I LOVE books! I have to have them everywhere (drives my husband nuts - beads & books in every room). And, I love my Kindle. Nothing will replace the feel or smell of a book, but the convenience of a Kindle is hard to resist. I take my Kindle everywhere, and when I bought my last purse I wandered around Target sticking my kindle in purses to make sure it would fit. :)

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  16. I too love books, I have a kindle. I recommend owning one. Get one for your children, mother, father everyone. SAVE TREES!
    Now if I didn't have a Kindle I would get the IPAD. I am a Apple Fan!
    http://raquelamaral.wordpress.com

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  17. I so interested in if you'll like it. I even like how books smell and I don't know if I could curl up in bed with something electronic, but I realy want to know what you think.

    Goota love a run on sentence.
    xo

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  19. Pretty amazing the Kindle is! I do LOVE books too. We probably have 3000-5000 books at home. They are EVERYWHERE! Like you, I just like the feel of holding a book. I think it's really sad they are somewhat fading away. I will probably never stop buying books. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

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  20. I've been looking at the kindle too and wondering if I might like it. I love books - but this gadget does seem quite convenient.

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  21. awww, you lucky ducky duck, you! so jealous!!!!!

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  22. I think you'll love your Kindle, though it won't replace real books. But what a wonderful thing for traveling and just keeping in your bag all the time.
    I don't have one and won't get one. I don't even buy books! Not that I don't read but I just pick mine up at the lending library at my pool. But if I had one loaded with books I think I'd carry it with me all the time.

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  23. I don't have a Kindle, but that would be kind of cool to have if you traveled or were on the road a lot. But I'm with you, I still love the feel of a good ole book! And an autographed one is the best......I'm a book junkie too!

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  24. I have been into E-books for about 8 years now. They are great but I don't think that I would ever go with a Kindle. It doesn't play well with other formats and you have to pay to convert them to the Kindle format

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