Friday, June 25, 2010

Want a Kindle? Buy a Kindle!

Now more than ever, It's easier to afford a Kindle than it has ever been (wonder if the iPad had anything to do with it). These Kindles used to cost $289, but now you can get them for $189 – sounds better, doesn't it?

Oh, look! It just went down to $169 as I was writing this blog!

I figure that if I were to purchase even 10 books at $24 each, I'm already ahead of the game, because books on a Kindle cost sometimes only $9.99 and many of them are free.

I would love to have a Kindle, just for the pure ease of using it. Before I fall asleep at night, I really enjoy reading. Over the years, I've accumulated a lot of books, many of which I haven't yet read due to incessant interruptions, but I hope one day to get to them all. Some of them are classics, like the Complete Works of William Shakespeare and the Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway.

I'm lucky that one of my daughters frequently gives me books she just completed reading, because books, to me, are one of the best gifts I can receive. When Belle walked into the library during the Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, I was as awed by the sight as she was.

I LOVE books. I like browsing through them, shopping for them, purchasing them as gifts, and receiving them as gifts. If you know me, you know I hate shopping, but when it comes to books, I make an exception. They make great gifts for everybody, and everybody who loves me know that a gift card from Barnes and Noble, Borders, or Amazon.com is more than welcome – it is treasured – and used!

When my kids were younger, I rewarded them with a new book each semester. The book store I frequented back then offered a card that allowed for one free book with the purchase of ten books. I received many free books when the kids were young, mostly due to the fact that the Little Professor also stamped our cards when the kids brought in their report cards. Though they were allowed only 2 stamps each for their A's, we quickly gathered enough hole punches for LOTS of free books.

While part of my nightly ritual is reading, holding a book while reclining in bed is difficult, because the light doesn't always hit the book at the right angle. And sometimes books are so large, holding them is downright impossible.

Another problem with books I'm currently reading is that little grandchildren are – for some reason – fascinated by the protrusions they find in my books. I can't tell you how many times I've lost bookmarks because one of my grandkids pulled one out of one of my books.

Do you have any idea how frustrating it is to locate a spot in a book that isn't marked?

Kindles don't have that problem. With a Kindle, you can mark a book and never have to worry about losing your bookmark. The newest Kindle is only about 1/3 of an inch thin, weighs only 10.2 ounces, and comes with its own lighted background. Ahh, if only...

You can also access numerous FREE books in various formats with your Kindle. The free books change periodically. Currently available are Serial by Jack Kilborn, The Joy of Pregnancy: The Complete, Candid, Reassuring Companion for Parents-to-Be by Tori Kropp, and Economic Report of the President by Council of Economic Advisers by Harry S. Truman, and so many more. (Click the links if you are interested in any of the books.)

If you are as book-crazy as I am and you've considered purchasing a Kindle, I invite you to click any of the links in this blog under the word, Kindle, and get your own! I'll actually benefit financially if you decide to go through me to get your Kindle or any of the books that are linked in this blog (or even the Beauty and the Beast movie). What do you get in return? My undying appreciation. Sorry, wish I could offer more.

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