I love Kindle

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,...

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