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Thread: So I think I want a kindle. What is your experience thoughts?

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    Senior Member kathome's Avatar
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    One other comment - - I've downloaded (takes literally seconds) many free books on my Kindle, 99% of which were good reads. If not, just don't read them, delete them and go on to another. Nothing lost.

    Evidently the list of free books changes from week to week so it's worth checking whenever you think of it.

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    i agree with the love fest of kindle. i got mine for christmas, too. i bought one for my son two years ago for his birthday and it cost $350. this year he got me one for christmas and i don't know the cost but it was a lot less. he found a free download and put 750 books on it for me. there are lots i won't ever read but lots i will read. although it has the wireless download capability i don't think i will need to use it very soon. really enjoying going back and rereading books like shogun.

    many feel that they would not like curling up with a computer to read but that is the main reason i love it. it is so much lighter to hold and i never have to weigh the pages down. it is easier to carry with me when i go out. it is fantastic.

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    I have one that I just love. It is so easy to read. There is no glare so you can read outside very easily. Great for travel you don't have to carry an extra suitcase of books. They just started letting you lend your books to someone else. I definately would recomend it.

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    I LOVE MY KINDLE...thank you for posting this because it gives me the chance to announce my LOVE to kindle..i read a lot and i have so far two big wall cabinets full of books and since i started quilting i need to cut on space usage (you know why ;-) ). I got the middle one which is 3G and wi fi for $189. it is very convenient to have the 3G wherever you go since that works on cell phone networks, and you can enlarge fonts so no need for the big one (i see it bulky and waste of money). Also the amount of books and media you can get on that thing is amazing. I even downloaded a quilting book the other day out of curiousity. It is just awesome and convenient.
    One thing though when you buy one think carefull about the light. After i bought several regular book lights, i ended up buying the kindle version kindle cover with the built in light (man that thing is amazingly convenient), pricy but worth every penny once you use it.

    Hope that helps....did i mention i love my kindle?????

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    I love it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama
    Really? You all love it? Am I old or what.... I'm having a hard time with the idea of bonding with a computer screen - I just love the smell and feel of a bound book.... :roll: Maybe I am old.
    me too,

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    I've been hinting for an e-reader for forever. I've been trying to decide between a Kindle and a Nook. Well, the men in my life (husband and 2 sons) took that decision away from me (thank goodness). My birthday was Friday and today they gave me a Nook as a birthday present. Now, I'm a very happy lady and I have a wonderful and supportive family.

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    The Kindle rocks! Just downloaded "The Clockwork Universe" this morning after reading about it in the book section of our newspaper. That is just one of the terrific aspects of Kindle, I'm already reading a book I just found out about this morning. My son and husband gave it to me for my 70th birthday and it is one of the best gifts I've ever received.

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    My boys gave me a Kindle for Christmas. I love it, but there are pro's and con's to it, just like anything else. As long as you are close to wiifi you will never be without something to read. The download is fast and the ready reading is very nice. Be sure to get the cords so that you can recharge the battery periodically.
    BV

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    On sale For $40. at Bed B & Beyond so Hubby thought I should have one few weeks ago. Didn't even take days to research as some did. This one is "Sharper Image " Liberati uses KOBO library. For that price I wanted it to try and like it so far. Even came with free case. Reads well in bed too. Easy to download and he figured out how to
    even put them on my computer. Lots free. He put in an 8GH
    sd card because we had one to replace original.

    After researching- family in Canada bought brand that gave
    them trouble so returned it. I got second one for my gd in Canada as 18th yr birthday present so hope no
    trouble to use in any country.

    I still have some "real" books to hold & read .

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    In addition to the diminished reading comprehension in general, e-readers are not speed reading friendly. In speed reading (inappropriately named) you read intros, epilogues, the last page of a chapter, headings, etc. prior to beginning the chapter.

    You have to find new strategies for studying and retention. Situational awareness.

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    I too thought I wouldn't want to give up the feel of a book in my hand, and guess what, I haven't. There are no Kindle Police that say once you get a Kindle, you can read only on it. I love my Kindle, I think most of the women in my family have one now. It has been especially great this winter when I was snow bound and couldn't get out. The closest bookstore is 45 minutes away; if I want to be on the waiting list for 6 months, I can hold out for the library. Now I can have a new book whenever I want one, and I can still buy hard copy books at the store.

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    I love my Kindle. The cost of books ranges from $1.00 to the cost of a new book. It's great not having to store all the paperbacks and new hardback books. It's great for travel too. I do recommend that you get the light and the ability to order over the internet with it.

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    My DH and I both have one. we also spent the extra money and got the leather covers with the built in light. It's great for trips, making the fonts bigger and even reading on the beach. He does all the downloading right noeand has picked out all my books by the book descriptions and knowing what I like to read. If I don't like it i can just delete it. He has also loaded games on it. I probably have 50 books and games on my Kindle and all but a couple were free. He researched it before he bought and decided that this was the best for us. If you live near a Barnes and noble and have a nook, You can go in there on a certain day and download for free(don't quote me on this) I think the only drawback at this point with the kindle is when the battery won't charge anymore, you have to send it in to Amazon and have them replace it. Hopefully that will change b/c I don't think you actually get your own kindle back. I would go to the stores and check them out and see which one you like. PM me if you have any questions for DH on why he chose the kindle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    My birthday is coming up and I am thinking of asking the family for a kindle. What is your thought on this gadget and which one to get or avoid?
    My husband got me a Kindle for our Anniversary in November. I love it. It holds several versions of the Bible, several games and many books. I can set the font to any size I want to make it easier to read and there is no glare on the screen. Recently wen on a cruise and found I had a tote bags worth of books and games in my little Kindle. Makes packing much lighter. There are a lot of ree books you can download and those books that cost are a lot cheaper than they are in the stores. I highly recommend it.

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    I have a NOOK from B&N and kind of wish I had gone for a Kindle... My hubby has a Sony.

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    I love my nook. I still buy some books, but most of my purchases are e-books. Love the idea that I can have hundreds of books at my fingertips. Also, I bought a book light for it - I can read my book while my husband is driving and not bother his vision with the overhead light on.

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    I got a Kindle from my husband for my birthday last November, and my son gave me the cover for it that has a light (which is really helpful since I tend to wake up in the middle of the night and read if I can't go back to sleep). I've read a lot more since getting the Kindle, and I love it! I've downloaded a lot of free books, plus bought a few. I highly recommend it!

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    I agree with hobo2000 - I did my research and I went with the Nook. I can download from the library. I use mine all the time.

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    LOVE mine if you travel it is so much more convenient to take a Kindle with many books inside than it is to take many books or
    buy books along the way.

    LOVE, LOVE MY KINDLE :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I was actually disappointed when I got one for my birthday. I thought my DH knew me better; I dearly love old books and don't like gadgets. But I've been won over! I still like my old hold-in-your-hands real books, but I'm enjoying the "toy" books, too.

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    Yes, yes and YES!! The hardest part with my nook is when I have a book on hold at the library, yet someone else has it out currently, and I WANT to read it so badly, ---the hard part is talking myself out of clicking BUY on the nook and getting it!!!

    I have a backlog of 300 books to be read on the nook, I don't NEED that book right NOW!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :shock: :shock: :shock: :mrgreen:

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    I love my Kindle!! I have the 3G so can order from my chair without having to hook up to the computer. Lots of the books are free! I find most books are pretty inexpensive, maybe less than $5.00 and up to 11.00 or 12.00. I downloaded about 7 books in less than 5 minutes and spent about $35.00. (some were free) You can go to Amazon and check out books and see what they cost before you decide to get the Kindle. Think you will love it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama
    Really? You all love it? Am I old or what.... I'm having a hard time with the idea of bonding with a computer screen - I just love the smell and feel of a bound book.... :roll: Maybe I am old.
    I love the feel and smell of books too. My two loves are books and material. I sell my used books unless it is really special. It is so comforting to be surrounded with books. I put books on hold at the library and they notify me when they are ready for pick up.
    I don't think age has anything to do with it~~~

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    I love my Kindle, but I love my paper and glue books too. I've been an avid reader since childhood and I'll never give up my books. We used to camp for 9 days and that's how many books I would take- a kindle then would've saved space.

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