My Little Kindle

World of Words

For Christmas I wanted—and received—a Kindle e-book reader so that I could read my sister-in-law’s novels, which were released as e-books in December. How fitting and exciting that the first book I read on Kindle was Just for Kicks, by Judy Dearborn Nill.

Although I was convinced that I preferred the feel and familiarity of a traditionally-printed book, the KindleTM3G surprised me.

1. My Kindle, which can hold 3,500 books, has more than enough memory for my whole library. (Not to worry. If I lose it, I can retrieve my archived stuff from Amazon.)
2. The size of a paperback book, my Kindle is so handy that I take it everywhere.
3. From my Kindle, I can locate an e-book online, buy or download it for free (there are thousands of free titles available), and start reading within seconds.
4. My Kindle is easy on the eyes—I can set the font size to my preference.
5. I can hold my light-weight Kindle in one hand and “turn pages” with a single click using the same hand, which is less cumbersome than with a traditional book and especially nice when reading in bed.
6. The Kindle bookmarks my place in every book, so switching from book to book is a breeze.
7. I can transfer personal documents from my computer to my Kindle.
8. Without lugging a stack of books to church, I have access to several versions of the Bible (KJV, ASV, Greek-English Interlinear, and French. My husband’s Kindle includes Spanish and Swahili versions.)
9. The Kindle comes with a dictionary, which comes in handy when playing word games.
10. Reading in the dark from my Kindle is no problem using an ordinary book light.

1. It takes a bit more time to find something in a book, e.g., I have to go to the Table of Contents and click down to the desired chapter number, or I can use the Search function and type in a key word on the miniscule keyboard.
2. When someone refers to a quote on a particular page in a print book, it’s a challenge for me to locate that page on my Kindle because the pages are not numbered. Instead, the Kindle indicates how far I’ve read into the book, e.g., 83%.
3. The title of the book I’m reading in my Kindle is not visible to me or anyone else. I noticed this yesterday as I glanced at the books others were reading around a table.
4. My Kindle requires electricity, and the battery must be recharged every few weeks.

If you’ve had experience with an e-book reader, I’d like to hear about it. Thanks!

2 thoughts on “My Little Kindle

  1. No direct experience–yet–with a Kindle or other e-reader, but this is a great intro to the devices. Thanks! Btw, I had to laugh at one of the “cons”: that no one can see the title of the book you’re reading. Could be a “pro”, depending on what you’re reading and who you’re with! In fact, I’ve heard that the popularity of some books in e-reader formats has to do with keeping hidden one’s reading tastes (for example, a man I know who devours romance). Thank you, too, for referencing me and my books again. You’re so kind.

    1. Your comment makes me wonder how teachers today handle such devices as Kindle in the classroom, although when I was in elementary school, I knew some kids –not me of course–who used to hide comic books under their text books. Thanks for the positive vibes, Judy!

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