I’ve had my Kindle Wireless Reading Device for a few months now. I’ve wanted one for a very long time, years in fact, and when I saw the price had dropped to $139 I started to seriously consider investing in one.
I say invest, because the main reason I wanted my Kindle was to enable me to read e-books without having to sit at the computer for hours, or print out reams of paper. I hesitated buying one for a long time because I was afraid I wouldn’t use it enough. Thankfully that has not been the case. I really enjoy my Kindle.
I have never been much of a bath taker, have considered it a bit of a waste of time since showering is so much quicker. However, one of the components to the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet is to take detox baths using either Epsom salts, baking soda or vinegar, all of which help to remove toxins from the body. I found in taking these required detox baths that I really enjoy reading. It helped to pass the time and also helped me to relax. I started to actually look forward to this restful time when I could truly relax and not have to feel like I should be washing a sinkful of dishes instead. I did want to make the time worth my while, and so I would read articles, e-books or long informative blog posts printed to paper and before long I had a pile of papers beside my tub that I’d read once, and would probably never read again. I didn’t like the waste of paper and ink, and the wear and tear on my printer, so I thought a logical solution would be to invest in a Kindle.
I’m so glad I did.
- Kindle for PC. Prior to buying my Kindle, I did not know about Kindle for PC. While one of my main reasons for my Kindle is to avoid the need to sit at the computer and read lengthy books and articles, I totally love having the option to share my book with my computer. Did you know you do not have to own a Kindle in order to use Kindle for PC? You can also read Kindle books on other devices, like your Smart Phone.
- Research Using My PC. There are several books I refer to regularly and along with owning my paperback version, I decided to buy the Kindle version. Now as I’m sitting at my computer composing an email, I can bring up that book and search for the phrase I was planning to quote. Instead of having to flip through the book searching for that one paragraph. While Kindle for PC won’t allow me to copy and paste the text, I can easily transcribe the few sentences.
- Free Books. There are tons of free books available for reading. The Kindle can hold up to 3500 books, so if you love to read, you never have to be without a book ever again. My Kindle is the latest generation and it is so thin and convenient to bring with me right along in my purse. Here is another resource for free Kindle books.
- Change Font Size. You can’t do this with a regular book, now can you? But with the Kindle, you can change the font size to your preference.
- Talking Book. If the book you are reading was designed to speak, the Kindle can read your book out loud to you.
One thing you should know if you buy this latest generation Kindle: at this time not all accessories will fit. Previous Kindles were larger, so be sure you look carefully at what you are ordering to be sure it will fit your version of Kindle.
The second generation and this latest generation both have a 6″ screen, and I think this is where I was confused because I didn’t realize the 2nd generation Kindle was larger in size. As you can see in the photo below, the 2nd generation Kindle measures 5.3″ in width and 8″ in height whereas the latest generation measures 4.8″ in width and 7.5″ in height.
I wanted my Kindle to be safe in the bathtub, so I ordered the M-Edge Accessories Guardian Case for Kindle – which has been discontinued. This is when I discovered I’d bought an accessory for the wrong version. It was too big and my Kindle was shuffling back and forth inside the case. None of the buttons matched up either, so it was a challenge to turn pages, go to the menu, open a new book, etc.
Fortunately, I had also ordered this Amazon Kindle 2 Silicone Skin Case Gel Cover – which was also the wrong size.
My Kindle is now safe around water, and I can turn the pages easily enough and use the navigation buttons as well.
For what it’s worth, I did contact the company that makes the Guardian Case and they told me they are suggesting this item: M-Edge Leisure Jacket for Amazon Kindle 3 which protects against moisture. It does not boast the waterproof characteristics of the Guardian Case. The company said they would be happy to exchange the item I’d bought with the Leisure Jacket, but I decided to stay with what I had since I’d been able to retrofit the product. I like that the M-Edge Guardian Case is actually submersible in water for up to one meter. If I happen to drop the thing right into the bathtub, my Kindle is safe inside.
One last thing. I also love to read in bed at night before going to sleep, I don’t have much opportunity to do so because my days are so full that I don’t get enough sleep and drop off to sleep within minutes of climbing into bed. On the rare occasions that I do get to read in bed at night, I use one of these headlamps which work great for shining the light right where I need it.
Do you have a Kindle? Would you like to have one?