I love Kindle

22 Mar 2013

I love my Kindle. Of course I would rather have an iPad Mini, but I can’t afford one just yet. So in the meantime, I was able to pick up a Kindle Fire, not the latest HD version, but the one that was released in 2011. I got it just before Christmas for $129.

My parents, however, got the HD version for Christmas! And despite their ages (79 and 81), they are adjusting nicely to the ease of downloading books in seconds, the touch screen, and not having to hold a heavy book with arms that don’t work like they used to.

I love the possibility that the Kindle can read to me. OK, I have cases full of books, and I did do the work for three degrees (so I know how to read). But at times I have trouble focusing (think of the dog in the movie, UP–“Squirrel!”), so having the text read as I follow along is sometimes great, especially when I’m tired or feeling ADD. I can also read for awhile, then continue “reading” while doing other things (like dishes) by having the text read to me. (I have noticed this feature does not seem to be available while using the Kindle reader on other devices such as the iPhone and iPad.) While the computer-generated voice is not as nice as a recorded voice, it’s not bad.

I just got back from the first trip with my Kindle. How cool it was to travel lighter yet have access to loads of reading materials, including books, web sites, and the bible.

When you get a Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD (the color models), you get a month of Amazon Prime, which gives you access to free TV and movie downloads, a Kindle lending library, and free two-day shipping on orders. With all the models, you get emails for daily Kindle book deals with titles at $3.99 or less. There are even many books at zero cost–ZERO as in FREE–my favorite price!

Today I was poking around the Kindle store and found a classic book by Greg Boyd I that read more than ten years ago. It’s a great price at only $2.99 (almost free!). If you haven’t read it, check out Greg Boyd’s Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions About Christianity. It’s a very honest look at may valid questions about faith and theology.

Please don’t take this post as a commercial for Kindle, rather as a type of tool you might consider for your toolbox.

I also enjoy audio books and free podcasts I play on my iPhone in the car and while gardening, traveling, and cleaning house. It’s the digital age, a time that makes accessing new ideas so convenient and easy. What a great time to be alive!

As the famous American basketball coach John Wooden said, “Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.”

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