I just read Pepe’s article about his daughter reading the Oz books and thought I would share something neat with all you beautiful people here on the Planet.
I just purchased a Kindle reader! WOW! What a wonderful piece of technology! It’s a little pricey at $250 but worth every penny in my opinion. You can download over 350,000 books, magazines, and newspapers for your reading pleasure. Most of the classics like Shakespeare, Poe, Walt Whitman, and others are FREE. And more books are being added daily. Downloads are free…anywhere in the world that you can receive a Sprint signal, you can download. The device stores them as well as a back-up at Amazon.com. There is no contract or other obligation. You may also download to your computer if you choose.
The Kindle has a unique feature that allows you to adjust the size of the text. For those who have eye problems as I do, this is wonderful! Downloads take only seconds, and the average price for any book from the New York Times Best Seller list is $9.99. (I recently purchased Ted Kennedy’s book in hard cover and paid $35 for it.)
The device itself is very trim, about as thick as a pencil. I recommend a cover for it for protection when traveling. It only weighs about 10 oz. and slips into a purse or briefcase easily. It will hold about 1,500 books in its memory…so you can take your library with you.
It is also easy to read in bright light, and I have found that I do not have eye strain even after reading for several hours. It is much less stressful than reading from a computer screen. The battery life is excellent and will last days on a single charge. You can charge the unit from your computer with a USB cable that comes with the item, or from a regular wall outlet. It will fully charge in a couple of hours and you can continue to read while it’s charging.
The only downside that I can see is no color. Illustrations are black and white and sometimes are not very clear. I am sure that in the future, color will be available.
I guess this sounds like I work for Amazon.com….I swear that I don’t! 🙂 I am just so excited about being able to read again. I liked it so much that I ordered four of them for Christmas gifts.
If you’re looking for a wonderful alternative to all those bulky, heavy books, I cannot recommend the Kindle more highly, especially for people who travel. Even with my vision problems, I am now a reading “fool” having devoured four books in as many days. I’m afraid my housework is suffering! Now, if I can just remember to eat…. 🙂