Tuesday, June 28, 2011

More things I love about the Kindle

It seems my husband read my last post (http://vformation.blogspot.com/2011/06/why-i-want-kindle.html) because he bought me a Kindle as an early birthday present. Love him!
So now that I actually have a Kindle, I have discovered a whole lot more things which are wonderful about it.

  • It remembers which page you are on, and when you open a book you were reading previously, it automatically opens at that page; no more scrabbling in your bag for a bus ticket to use as a bookmark. And it does this for all your books, so if you're reading two or three at once, each one will open at the page you last read.

  • I can email any PDF document to it very easily by just sending it to my Kindle's email address, and it then appears with my list of books. (Although I have found PDF documents to be most readable in 14 font, 1.5 line spacing and A5 size.)

  • I can download free samples of any book I am thinking of buying. Usually this means the first two chapters. I'm finding that by the time I get to the end of the free sample, and the screen offers me the chance to buy the full book in two clicks, I can tell whether I want to read the rest or not.

  • There are hundreds and hundreds of free books on offer, many of the classics - Jane Austen, WM Thackeray, Charles Dickens - among them. I'm currently reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for the first time.

  • Prior to getting the Kindle, buying a typical LDS book meant ordering online from Deseret Book and paying $14.99 for the book plus DB's standard international shipping rate of $25. I can now download books by the august ladies listed to my right for about $10.

  • I downloaded the scriptures onto my Kindle for £1.41. Cheapest set of scriptures I ever bought. And I can mark my favourite passages, add notes, and have the Kindle look up difficult words (as I can with all the books on my Kindle).

I've never met anyone with a Kindle who doesn't love it, and while I'm still getting used to mine, I'm discovering more and more wonderful features.


Lynn Gardner said...

Anna, you have almost convinced me I MUST have a kindle!! I'm sort of technologically challenged and am still figuring out my Ipod which my sweet hubby gave me for Christmas a year ago!

Jennie said...

I'm a bit technologically challenged too, but I'm finally reaching the point where I can keep up locating scriptures on my Kindle in Sunday School class. I've even begun to wonder if some publishers could send me a Kindle version instead of a paper version of some of the books I review.

Cheri J. Crane said...

I know my mother absolutely loves hers now. And I've enjoyed the version for my laptop.