For nearly a year I had been using the Kindle software on my PC to read kindle books … but in February of this year the horizons of my reading world were expanded considerably when my sister gave me an Amazon Kindle. Virtually every book I read for the remainder of the year was on the Kindle … by EOD December 31 it looks like I will have read 55 books.
(Note: I have kept a list of every book I have read since 1984 … I know our pastors say our checkbook reveals what’s important to us … scan a list of books you’ve read over nearly 30 years and you will learn a lot about yourself as well.)
If you wonder how getting a Kindle expanded my reading horizon, let me explain:
- After the initial investment in a kindle (and since mine was a gift, I didn’t even have that), books are much cheaper…
- Amazon even publishes a top 100 free kindle books list … not only overall … but also in several categories. Oftentimes I try some free books that I would probably never pay to read and am pleasantly surprised.
- There are two websites I follow that keep me posted on any reduced pricing on Kindle books … gospelebooks.net and inspiredreads.com … I’m sure there are many more … I follow their websites and their twitter accounts … sometimes the specials don’t last long
- I have eliminated all those trips to the bookstore to browse for books … the plus gas savings
- Not only are the newer books available but many of the classics as well.
- The Amazon Prime membership ($79 annual membership) in addition to two-day shipping and instant streaming of videos and TV shows now included a Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.
- Also Amazon is also working closely with libraries throughout the country so you can check out kindle books at your local library. Many are up and going already
You can probably tell that I really like my kindle.
For me personally … just two negative points.
- That eBay resale market I had going on books I read that weren’t keepers went away.
- I have a significant ebook library (PDF) that I have not found a good way to get to my kindle in a readable format … readable format being the key phrase. If you have any tips, leave me a link or a comment.
So do you have a Kindle? If so, how do you like it?
Or maybe a Nook? What prompted you to choose it over a Kindle and how are you liking it?
Hope to share a list later this week of my favorite books read this year … stay tuned.