Friday, January 8, 2010

My Favorite New Gadget

This is it:

The Amazon Kindle!
At first I wasn't sure about not having a "real" book in my hands as I read. Would it feel like I was reading on the computer? Would it bother me to have the same weight for every book? Not to be able to see how many more pages I have, or measure if I was 1/3, 1/2 or 3/4 of the way through by looking at my bookmark?

No way! It has turned out to be the coolest instrument for me since I first thought I didn't want a computer!
(yes, there was a time that I told my husband, "no, what is a dancer going to use a computer for?!"
we laugh about that now!)

The Kindle ables me to receive books, no matter what country I am in, easily. Most of them can be bought and delivered wirelessly, (with a $1.99 fee outside the U.S.). I choose while I am outside the U.S. to download to my computer, then onto the Kindle. It takes a minute more than the amazing minute it takes the other way!

I can eat my breakfast while reading! That may sound trivial, but let me tell you, it's not! I reminisce about the days when I asked myself this all important question:
How can I eat my toast dripping with honey and still read my book without getting it all sticky? How can I hold my toast in one hand while eating scrambled eggs with the fork in the other, AND read my book? Well, we now have the answer my friends!

The Kindle!

You just push a little button to turn the page. I can leave it sitting there while I slop my food, sticky in one hand, forks in the other and still read my book.
It also comes with cool graphics for when it is in sleep mode. They show pictures of famous writers and images like this:

You can buy pretty covers for it, and add lights for night reading. It is not backlit, so you need a light when there is not natural light.

The funny part of this story: both my husband and I bought one.
So, since we knew what we were getting, but I wasn't sure without opening the box whose was whose, here was our Christmas tag:
To: Us
From: Us

Just a little bit of humor ;)
Have a great weekend!


Fabiola said...

I really want one. I am hoping someone close to me (or me) goes to US to buy one. If you buy in Brazil, it is EXTREMELY expensive ; )


PS: I am still here at the hospital with little changes on my situation.

BLOGitse said...

for supporting me in my struggle for achieving justice for my rights to my pictures. RESPECT!
ps. I'm going to get Kindle...soon!

mythopolis said...

The Kindle sounds really cool. And your account of 'multi-tasking' over breakfast was very amusing!!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey BG, I got my husband one for Christmas and when he opened it open Christmas morning he had no idea what it he absolutely LOVES it. He's an avid reader. I was really surprised at how easy it is on the eyes. Now I need to get him a really cool cover. Happy New Year Girlfriend!

Brenda said...

I need to see one of these up close and personal before I make the final decision. But I like your review, and I like the thought of being able to read one handed.

Maybe it will be our "us" present next year :)

GutsyWriter said...

I think that it's a great way to get reading material, especially if you're living abroad. I'm more convinced now to get the Kindle, tahnks to you.

Jodi said...

I think that is awesome BG!! Question for you - can you control the size of the font that you read? Can it be bigger if you need it to be?

Sorry I've been such a stranger!! Hope you've been doing well!

FancyHorse said...

I'm not sure if I want one or not, but your description makes it sound very tempting!

NicoleB said...

It sure does sound great.
I am getting really intrigued by this thing :)
If only I could trust the mail service :(

Scriber's Web said...

Oh I am so dying to get one! Glad that you got one!

PJ said...

I just told my husband that I want one...I wanted to check out the Sony reader before deciding. The only thing that makes me nervous is the no backlight. I do have trouble with light to read. Hmmm. Glad you're enjoying yours!!

Anonymous said...

So, does it smell like a good old library book? Just kidding. It looks pretty cool! My husband likes audio books--does it read aloud?