The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
~ Dr. Seuss ~
Confession time: I just ordered the new Kindle Paperwhite. This will be my third Kindle. Mister Jim gave me the first one a couple of birthdays ago. I was smitten from the very beginning (with Mister Jim and the Kindle). After about a year, I bought myself an improved version, and he took over the original one. He quickly got hooked on the electronic book format too.
Amazon came out with the Paperwhite model a few months ago, and my girlfriend got one for Christmas. As soon as we held it in our hands and saw the screen, we knew we were goners. Resistance was futile!
Mister Jim was the first one to place an order, and his new reader arrived last Wednesday. After getting it set up for him, my defenses further weakened. I saw a vast difference between the brilliant contrast on the Paperwhite screen to my old yellow, dingy screen. After 3 days, I folded and ordered one for myself. It’s now winging its way to me from an Indiana warehouse!
Ever since the first Kindle, I’ve been a voracious reader. I adore the convenience of obtaining new books within seconds. Such little devices are very comfortable to hold in my arthritic hands. And I wouldn’t dream of taking a trip without my Kindle! The biggest downside is the cost of electronic books. You would think that they are significantly less expensive than paper books, but that is not the case.
Fortunately, Amazon has set up an extensive network with public libraries for borrowing electronic books. You can read about it HERE and investigate whether your library system participates. The books are delivered to your Kindle via a linked digital service called Overdrive. Our local library has been carrying electronic books since February 2011 and started out with only 4100 titles. But the title availability and interface controls are improving all the time!
Amazon also has free electronic books available on a regular basis. I regularly check the Pixel of Ink web site to keep up with their latest offerings.
If you haven’t gotten on the electronic book bandwagon before this, it’s a great time to start. You won’t regret it!