Do I need one? Not really. But I am thinking about it. I am.

This is totally new territory for me and I would like to know if you have one and what you feel are the pros and cons.

I have always loved the sensory experience of cracking open a new book, the smell, the feel ~ everything.
So you might wonder what is appealing to me about Kindle?
I’m surprised to say many things are piquing my interest.

Did you know…

…it’s only a third of an inch thick and it is 10.2 oz and wireless?

… you can read it in the sunlight without glare and there is no back light like a computer?

… you can read more than books on it such as newspapers and magazines?

… you can adjust the text size, write comments in the margins, bookmark pages, access the built in dictionary with your cursor (the best reason of all) and wiki?

It also has a ‘read to me feature’ and you can hook up your MP3 player and listen to background music.

It also instantly finds your place where you last left off!

I am also thinking of the green effect of using less trees or recycled processing and having less clutter in my house.  The last novel I bought – The Lost Symbol (which I give a ‘B’ rating) will now sit on my shelf until I donate it.  I don’t do the library.  Ever.  (Somethin’ ’bout those crackly cello book covers and worn, dirty pages.  ick.).

I think in the long run I will read more because I can sample the first few pages of the text and it’s convenient to take along with me if I know I’m going to be waiting somewhere.  It also has a battery charge of 14 days!  Then there are the costs of books compared to a Kindle download. Most books on Kindle are $9.99.

Of course I had to research and find out if I could accessorize properly.
I found these two covers but there are tons of them out there from plain black to tooled leather ~

M-Edge Fuchsia Leather

Oh Wait!
there’s my girl Kate

Jane Street Nook Cover $125

for the Barnes & Noble Nook
(now I’ll have to research this device which debuts the end of this month!)
front ~ “she kept her nose in a book”
(I just love that!)

back ~ “and her head in the clouds”

and everything in between ~

A friend of mine swears by her Kindle for her sojourns from OC to DC.
Originally, I scoffed at the notion, but now… especially with kate beckoning me…

So what do you think?

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  1. I can’t wait to read the comments on this because the kindle has just caught my eye as well. I am so curious if people enjoy it the same!

  2. I scoffed at it until I held a friend’s. She took a class that required 40 books (!?) and it was actually cheaper for everyone to get the books via Kindle and include the Kindle. She’s hooked. It feels GREAT to hold, and I was impressed.

    I downloaded the free Kindle on my iPhone to test it out, and I love it. I’m reading a novel on it, and I love how I can always have a book with me in my bag (I think you can have your Kindle library on either).

    If you have a chance to feel one, DO IT. I’m getting my husband one for Christmas–the thought of traveling with one is exceptional.

    Also, I love being able to read at night without the light on with my iPhone–a little dorky, but I like it.

  3. I have a friend who has one and she is not a techy kind of person really, so I was surprised. She loves hers. She has no regrets with her purchase. I’m like you. I love the feel of a book in my hand. But that pink leather cover . . . hmmm. Tempting!! xoxoxo

  4. Not sure about this. My friend has one and it looks really cool. But I’m a sucker for nostalgia which means I love the library because it reminds me of when I was a child, and of when my children were, well, children.

    I didn’t know you could download the Kindle to the iPhone. And the idea of students being able to load the books and save money…I like that idea for my college student children. Thanks to bondgirl for those tips!

    I’ll be interested to see what you decide.

  5. i’ve seen people reading them on the metro and they do seem cool, but i can’t give up the feel of a real book. keep us posted!

  6. I’ve been wanting to get this for my husband. I’m enjoying reading the replies.

  7. I’m thinking of getting one for xmas its really hard for us to get English books,paper and magazines here so it would be perfect.

  8. I can’t decide if I want one and now that Barnes & Noble AND Sony are coming out with their own I think I am going to hold off.