Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for Kindle

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:



For K, I've chosen a device I never thought I'd use. I swore that there was only one way to read a book...



Nothing could compare to the feeling of turning the page, I said, of holding a book in my hand. But then my husband bought me one of these for my birthday a couple of years ago.


A Kindle can hold an endless number of books, all in one easy-to-carry format. You can download samples and read a chapter or so before committing to paying for a book. Best of all, you can pre-order a book and, long after you've forgotten about it, you'll open your Kindle one day and there it will be.


Plus, with a Kindle, you can adjust the font so if the text is to small, just  make it bigger.

Do you read books on an electronic device or the old-fashioned way?






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45 comments:

  1. Hey, I love my Kindle! This challenge has been fun, hasn't it?

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  2. I did not want to ever read by Kindle. Now I love it! I dont even have a full-size one, as I use the Kindle app on my phone. But that little experiment has gone so well, I think I will buy one.

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  3. That's how I started...an app on my phone. It is far easier to read on the bigger format. The cool thing is, it's all cloud-based, so when you open the app on your phone, it notifies you that you've read further than the book is and you can click "OK" to go right to the page you were reading on your Kindle.

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  4. I have an old Kindle (the first, cheapy version), and I rarely use it, but it's nice to have around. My library has a large e-book catalog and sometimes they will only have the e-book version available of a book I want. On average I probably use it once every two-three months?

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  5. Oh I am the old fashioned way all the way. I have a lot of coffe table books with beautiful pictures of art, architecture, film etc... and you just can't get the same thing from holding a kindle. Now If I travelled a lot and read more fiction then I can definitely see why a kindle would work

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  6. I do miss having a bookshelf full of books to read. Recently we were asked to take a selfie of ourselves in front of our bookshelves. Mine has bibles and a couple of autographed books...all my other books are packed away because there's no room with all the pictures we have on it! My bookshelf is on my Kindle.

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  7. I've had my Kindle fire for two years. I love it! I still buy traditional books but mostly for my kids. I love the "one-click" "buy-me" kindle books on Amazon:)

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  8. Like you, I resisted the Kindle, and did so for a good while. I love books, and I'll still read paperbacks here and there. But I also like the immediacy of ordering the Kindle version of a book on Amazon and having it in my hands, albeit electronically, seconds later. Having the best of both worlds is pretty fabulous.

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  9. I'm the old fashion way still; I like the feel of holding a book and walking into the library surrounded by all those books :)

    betty

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  10. You prove exactly what I have thought about the kindle and ereaders; a lot of the people who say they aren't interested have not tried them. I think ipads and smart phones have more to do with ereaders' popularity; in that people are used to more mobile screen devices, and they can download the kindle or nook app for those too. Whatever gets people reading!

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  11. My daughter reads a book a day! She amazes me. She usually reads books, but she was given a Kindle as a gift and she does use it when she's reading in the house, but like me, she always has a book on her and it's usually a paperback in the purse! I guess in my family, we use whatever is easiest!

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  12. There is something about the smell of a new book--I can relate to that! But I seriously got a hardback autographed copy of a writer's book and I haven't read it. I requested the e-book at the library because if I can't walk on my treadmill and read it, I won't read it. It's far easier to see an e-book on the book stand of a treadmill than a paper-based book.

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  13. =( My kindle is dying. This is a sad, sad day. I'm not even sure how to function without it anymore, and then it decides to quit charging/holding a charge. It's a cruel world, I tell you.

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  14. I haven't gone digital yet. : ) Maybe when I finish all the old fashioned books on my shelf first.

    Maui Jungalow

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  15. Just hopping over from A Brit and A Southerner as we too are participating in the A to Z Challenge. Great post and review on the Kindle. I have been tempted several times to purchase one of these, particularly because they were the cheaper option but instead I opted for the iPad Mini which essentially does similar things.

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  16. Ugh, I can feel myself giving in, too! I bought a Kobo for my partner, who of course now loves it...and even though I'm holding on tight to actual books, I know I'll cave soon. Sigh...

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  17. I use both books and the kindle. I will always love reading books in bed - a kindle just not the same.

    But, with a kindle, I don't have to store so many books ...

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  18. I actually read on my phone since my tablet died (through the Kindle app)for all new stuff, but still read the books on my shelves, too. :) LOVE your theme for A-to-Z!

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  19. we did buy a Nook to share (my daughter and I) ... but I can't get used to it at all... :(
    Still prefer to hold a good, ol book. ;)

    Visiting from the A to z challenge.
    Blessings!

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  20. I read books the old fashioned way and don't have one of these devices. I don't think I'll ever get one. It seems sterile and cold. I like to touch a book and smell the paper and turn the page the old way.

    As far as I can see, the only advantage to this is that it saves space.

    Sunni

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  21. I thought it was only my husband who did things like that. Turned out he was right. I never could have imagined how much I love my Kindle.

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  22. I acknowledge all the benefits of e-readers (particularly when shifting houses), but after much trying, I cannot get used to them.

    I think it's partly because I'm so used to the hinged feel of a book, rather than a flat surface. Partly because when re-reading books, I can simply flip open to a page I want instead of having to search/scroll. Partly because of the smell of books. Partly because their colourful covers enliven a room.

    And mostly because nobody created library shelves for e-readers.

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  23. I love my Kindle but I also love my Kindle app on my tablet for reading books with pictures, usually non fiction. I don't buy many paper books these days.

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  24. Hi Stephanie,
    Good go hear about this kindle thing LOL. I must go for one since I am a lover of books LOL
    Thank you so much for this valuable information and its advantages.
    Oh! thank you very much for your valuable time in this busy schedule of A to Z time to visit my page, and ha, thanks again for the uplifting comment. :-)

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  25. My husband gave me a Kindle Fire for Christmas the first year they
    arrived on the market. I didn't know I needed one. Now I love it, but I'm not an ebook convert yet. I still like holding and reading paper books. But the device itself is a wonderful indulgence, I agree.

    Carey from abundance in the boondocks

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  26. LOVE my Kindle, too...even though I never thought I would want to read electronically, either!

    I'm currently catching up on some of the free classics Amazon offers - Pride and Prejudice at the moment.

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  27. Hi Stephanie and thank you once again for dropping by. Yes, I am a Kindle owner and had one for about three years now.
    It's proved handy in many ways, but in particular because I have my novels published as eBooks. One is a romance, and the other a thriller. My second thriller is due for publication on Amazon in June.
    Link to my romance:
    http://www.tom-benson.co.uk/novels/novel-ten-days-in-panama/
    I'll be following, and back next week for the remainder of the challenge.

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  29. Hi Stephanie,nice to meet you. Thanks for the visit and the comment. A new follower here.

    I have a Kindle for PC. But I prefer the hard copy when it comes to reading :(

    30 days of no Gossip looks lovely.

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  30. Thanks for dropping by my blog Stephanie. I have not indulged in buying a Kindle for myself, only because I am scared I will fall in love with the convenience of the device. I still have these silly romantic notions of holding a book, smelling the pages and all that jazz :)

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  31. I'm totally a real book person. Even in college when we would get articles online I would have to print them out to read the hard copy.

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  32. I love my Kindle fire, my plain kindle and kindle app on phone...love reading!

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  33. As of today i only read blogs. lol That is all i have time for, i do love a good book while reading in the bathtub, still scared a kindle might drop and electrocute me. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

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  34. Stephanie,

    Thx for Stopping by.

    Being an keen reader, straining my eyes mostly on i-Devices, Smartphone and even the PC monitor.

    Kindle is one of the options I have overlooked for some years now and maybe will get the paperwhite one with the night lamp.

    Thx for kindling the interest in eReaders.

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  35. I was just the same, very snooty about these new-fangled devices, and absolutely convinced that they would never replace my beloved books. I now have 2 Kindles (whoops!), both Christmas gifts from different years, and I now read equally from both the Kindle and my good old-fashioned books. It largely depends on my mood, but also on the convenience of reading in the dark in bed at night on something with a light-up screen, and that I can hold in one hand while lying down... See you round on the #AtoZChallenge!

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  36. thanks for visiting me. I have a Kindle but rarely use it after the initial flurry. I still go to the library and also buy old fashioned paper. We'll see where things go in the future.

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  37. I still love reading the old fashioned way. But you can't deny the Kindle its brilliance. Thick books, especially when you want to read while travelling - it doesn't get better than reading them on a Kindle. :-)

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  38. What a fantastic choice of K! *Giggles* Great minds think alike - right?

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  39. I'm an old-fashioned girl all the way--partly for the "feel" of the book but MOSTLY because my reading habit is such that I cannot possibly afford to purchase enough books to keep myself occupied. Therefore, I must rely on the library to supply most of my reading and our library system simply does not have a large enough selection/variety of eBooks yet. I imagine the library's selection will grow long before my personal budget does--and then I would be thrilled to "upgrade." ;)

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  40. I resisted the Kindle initially, but find it a great resource; especially when I am stuck somewhere waiting to pick-up a kiddo. I don't need to remember to carry a stack of books or something.

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  41. I'm still a paper book junkie. I do read books on my computer occasionally but that's a hassle since I have to sit in front of the screen to do it.

    Someday maybe I'll get a kindle too. My resistance is breaking down.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  42. I do not have a Kindle, nor do I want one, but I do think I will buy one for my daughters.

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  43. Love my kindle, but still find time for reading dead-tree books as well. There's nothing quite like browsing in a proper bookshop and picking something at random that you just happen on. It's just not quite the same on Amazon!

    That said, my kindle is full of books that I've picked up on sale - my digital 'to read' pile is almost bigger than my physical pile of books...

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  44. I still have not gotten one, but I do have kindle books on my phone. It's a better escape than trying to do something lame like Candy Crush while I am waiting in a doctors office. Least I think so.

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  45. I love my Kindle. It's made reading so much faster.

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