This blog/review of Amazon’s Kindle is written from a reader’s point of view, not a writer’s because I am also an avid reader. I read everywhere. I read anytime. Give me five minutes of spare time, and I’ll whip out a book to read. Half-read, keepers, and to-be-read books scatter the floor of my car. Come into my house. My living room has a library section in the wall unit; my bedroom has books lined up and piled up everywhere;my kitchen has a section of the window seat devoted to books; and my bathroom has a magazine-rack/book-rack. The basement stores books I read years ago but can’t bring myself to discard. Those are the hardcovers and paperbacks. Check out my computer and palm. You’ll find dozens upon dozens of ebooks. Yes, I love to read. The spare time is my only complaint about becoming a published author! That is why I will forget that I am a writer for this blog. Kindle is for readers. This blog is for readers, readers of books. Kindle offers wonder download capabilities for magazines, newspapers, and your favorite blogs, but I’ve yet to delve into that.
As a reader, I drooled all over my keyboard when I saw the Kindle. Instead of popping over to my fave hunk sites for some eye candy, I would hope on over to Amazon and check out the reviews and pictures of the Kindle.
My wonderful brother and parents decided the Kindle would make a perfect birthday gift for my…ah…twenty-nine birthday. *ducks to avoid bolt of lightning. Thankfully, my brother tends to buy early. He ordered it in January. This hot item is selling so quickly, it took over three months to arrive! Yup, it came two days before my birthday. SO, on to the review.
What can I say? I love it. It really is light. I barely notice the difference in my pocketbook’s weight. Pocketbook, you say? Yes, and I don’t lug around huge bags. I can bring it anywhere. Whip it out anywhere. You can find me reading my Kindle on line in the grocery store or at the bank’s drive-up window. (My brother, a hairdresser, says women are reading it while they get their hair done. Not me! I don’t want tiny bits of hair or a drop of red dye to touch this baby. Not my red dye, mind you. My friend’s…) You can see me with it resting on my steering wheel while I wait for my son to finish his bass lesson or for my other son to come out of school. Heck, I flick it on if I have a brief moment of spare time while cooking! Did I say flick it on?
That is another wonderful aspect. Kindle has a little power on button in the back. Slide it up and it turns on instantly. If you didn’t want to bother turning it off when you last used it, you might have put it into sleep mode. Again, the press of two buttons on the front will bring you right to the last page you read. *giggle* Sorry, I get giddy over this. Now, what if the last page you read was the last page of the last book to read?
Kindle uses Whispernet. What is Whispernet? Got me. All I know is that it won’t cost you anything extra and it works anywhere a cell phone works. No need to worry about Wifi hotspots. If you can call someone, you can Kindle! Well, surf the Kindle store. They say you can search the internet but I’ve yet to read how. In short, you slide up the wireless button and–BAM!–you’re connected! This comes in handy when you’ve read that last page of the last book and still have spare time to read. I hop over to the Amazon Kindle store and browse. Amazon even offers Kindle users free three-chapter samples of the book they’re considering. Can you say hook? (That was the writer in me jumping in. I’ll just duct tape her mouth…ur…fingers…) As I was saying, you can read the first three chapters before buying.
As for the actual screen, the sun won’t glare it out and you can change the font. Nuff said.
Addressing a couple of gripes I’ve read…
Some have complained about the moment of black screen when you turn a page. I have no problem with it. Hell, if I was reading a paperback, I’d have to see my hand turning the page. If it had some sweet graphic of a page turning, I’d have to wait for that to pass. The black screen gives me time to blink.
Most complain about the position of the buttons to turn the page to the next or back to the previous one. I agree. I’ve paged forward a few pages accidentally. And it is not a button. Most of the right side of the Kindle is a bar you press to go to the next page. The left side is split into two bars, and will rarely get touched while in the cover unless you intend to go back to a previous page. Yet, I love that my thumb can comfortably rest where I only have to press to keep reading.
In case you’re wondering what book I downloaded onto my Kindle first:
Sweet Surrender by Maya Banks - I’m enjoying it. I do wish there was a little sex in the first quarter (or third if I’m reading the Kindle meter correctly). This, supposedly, is an erotic book, but I have yet to read one hot scene. Not even foreplay yet. Sob!
I may update this review as I keep using my Kindle.
Next gift…hubby still owes me one: The ASUS EEEPC! That review will be written from Doreen The Author.