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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Yes, the Amazon Kindle is Worth the Money

This is a completely unrelated topic to potty training, but I just wanted to tell everyone about my Amazon Kindle - because I think everyone should know about this device.

I'm going to gush like a schoolgirl with a new crush. I love this thing. I mean really, truly, love this thing. I think it's about the most exciting purchase I've made in a long, long time.

I first checked out the Kindle for my Dad. His eyesight isn't as good as it used to be, so I thought the adjustable font feature would be helpful. We bought one for him as a gift...and as soon as I saw it, I wanted one myself. It's slim, lightweight, and uncomplicated. He showed me how easy it was to flip through 'pages' and I tried it out. My love affair began.

I begged my family to get me one for my birthday. It arrived a couple of weeks before we took a trip out of the country. One of the coolest things about the Kindle is that it works on the Amazon 'Whispernet' network, which uses cell-phone technology. Basically, if you are in a location where you can get cell phone service, your Kindle is capable of connecting to Amazon. I figured I wasn't going to get cell phone service in Costa Rica so I purchased a bunch of books for it before we left. After uploading five novels, I looked at the thing in amazement. I was holding FIVE novels in my hand! (In one tiny, lightweight device!) Considering how we all have to conserve on luggage on airline flights nowadays, this was a huge plus.

Sitting and reading with the Kindle is a real pleasure. The book can easily be held in ONE hand - a huge difference between it and a traditional novel. The screen doesn't feel like you are looking at a computer monitor - it isn't back lit, so it feels like you are looking at a piece of paper - in fact, if the room is dimly lit you'll need to sit under a lamp. (Just like a 'real' book.) Scrolling through pages is as simple as a quick 'click, click, click' of one of three buttons positioned on the right and left side of the device.

When you leave the book for any length of time, it goes into sleep mode but remembers what page you were on as soon as you turn it back on. Your progress through the book is monitored by looking at a series of dots on the bottom of the page, so it's easy to tell if you are at the beginning, middle, or end of your story.

The best part of the Kindle has got to be the Whispernet service. Unlike the Sony reader, it doesn't need to be connected to your computer via USB cable to upload new books. Sitting in a coffee shop and want a new book? Waiting in your doctor's office? No problem. Just browse the Amazon store and your next novel is awaiting. I recently started reading Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Series and quickly got hooked. When I finished the first book it was 1:00am and I was dying to start the second novel. Instant gratification! I went to the Amazon store, bought book number two, and within 30 seconds was reading.

The Kindle is certainly full of the 'cool factor' as well. Everywhere I take it, I get questions from curious strangers. If you're looking to make new friends, the Kindle will give you an instant conversation starter.

Bottom line, if you get a Kindle, you won't regret it! I can't even imagine holding a 'real' book anymore and get quite annoyed when something I want to read isn't yet available in the Kindle format. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before publishers automatically publish in both paper AND Kindle format. You, too, can start a new love affair as well......

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.


Anonymous said...

If you buy before Nov. 1, you can get a $50 discount by using the coupon code 'OPRAHWINFREY'. Oprah has named the Kindle as her 'favorite new gadget'.

wtspb2007 said...

Great TIP! Wish I'd had the discount when I got mine....