The verdict is in and Amazon’s Kindle has been found guilty—guilty of being the best e-book reader I’ve ever owned. My beautiful wife presented me this device last Christmas, and I’ve found it rather difficult to put down. I had to do something. You see, my bookshelves are bulging at the joints, and I thought the Kindle would be a nice way to transport my reading to the virtual world. No, I don’t plan to give up hardcopy books all together, and there are some books not available on the Kindle. But there are lots of e-books which can be had and many are downloadable for free.
For a little extra money, we bought the Kindle with the 3G network. This enables me to purchase and download a book anywhere, anytime. No subscriptions required. So far, I have downloaded 23 books. Seven of those were free:
- The Yosemite by John Muir
- The Man-Eaters of Tsavo by Henry Patterson
- The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
- The Journals of Lewis and Clark by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
- Daniel Boone The Pioneer of Kentucky by John Abbott
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London
- The Holy Bible
Here are some of the features I love about the Kindle:
- Downloading books is easy and nearly instantaneous upon purchase. The 3G network has proven to be very reliable.
- The non-backlit screen is easy to read. No problem viewing it in sunlight. It uses an E Ink electronic paper technology. Yes, it does feel like I’m reading a page in a book.
- Each book is automatically bookmarked. No more dog ears.
- It allows me to underline words or passages, and I can make notes.
- Don’t know the meaning of a word? No problem. It comes with a built in dictionary. Just move the cursor to the front of the word and the definition appears at the bottom of the screen.
- It’s thin and lightweight. It’s about the size of a book, and the screen is a tad smaller.
- The font size is adjustable; a nice feature for us guys progressing into our forties.
- Mine also has a text-to-speech option, allowing the device to read the text on some books. Not a bad feature if you don’t mind the computer generated voice. I don’t use this very much.
- A USB cable allows me to copy PDF files from my computer and conveniently move them to the Kindle.
- The battery life is great. It stays charged for up to a month.
Well there you have it. Want to learn more about the Kindle? Click on this Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Wireless-Reader-Wifi-Graphite/dp/B002Y27P3M
One final word: I know this is well after Mother’s Day, but I have to say a special thank you to my mom. She is the one who inspired me to read. And reading has opened up whole new worlds for me. It’s probably the reason I took up writing so now others can enter other realms and experience new adventures. I’ve come full circle.