My New Kindle – Coolest Christmas Gift This Year!

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I got my wish for Christmas, a new Kindle! Because I spend a lot of time reading, this is one of the coolest gifts I've gotten this year.  The Kindle has a lot of fun features and it's added a whole new experience to reading.  

But even with all the Kindle cool features, most of which I never knew it had, I actually had one very specific reason for wanting a Kindle this year…

I purchase lots of ebooks online which are documents in PDF format, but since I read all day in front of a monitor I prefer to print out my documents and get cozy in my recliner before I start reading. The problem with printing out ebooks and PDF's is that it's a huge drain on my printer's ink supply, not to mention the reams of paper I go through. 

With the Kindle, PDF files can be easily downloaded. I can connect my Kindle to my computer, drag and drop all my ebooks and PDF files and have them downloaded in a matter of minutes, I love it.

Last night alone I read 2 ebooks in bed that I've been wanting to finish for months.  

The Kindle actually makes reading easier

When I told my husband I wanted a Kindle for Christmas, his comment was…

   "Why do you want a Kindle? You read on the computer all day, isn't a Kindle just a smaller version of a computer screen?

No, not at all!  Amazon designed the Kindle to read just like a book, only they made it better. The high contrast no glare screen doesn't strain my eyes, which can be a problem for me when reading actual books. With the Kindle, there's no strain whatsoever, I personally can appreciate that :-)

The size of the Kindle is ideal, it fits perfectly in your hand and they've positioned the forward and back buttons so that a simple click of my finger quickly turns the page.  I can highlight passages, make notes and with the Wi-Fi capability I can easily click over to the web, very cool!

 

Unfortunately the Kindle screen is not backlit, so I need an external light if I want to read in the dark, which I do sometimes in bed when hubby is sleeping. Right now I have a small desk light that I use but Amazon makes a clip on light that, by the way, I just ordered. It clips right on to the Kindle and should work much better for those late, dark nights :-)   

On the flip side, the Kindle is perfect in bright sunlight, there's no screen glare and my eyes don't feel any strain when I'm reading anywhere outside.  Overall it's just easier on your eyes, period.   

Another feature I'm really having fun with is the audio or text-speech option that let's me listen to my books instead of reading them, however I found out that the audio feature doesn't work with non-Amazon downloads, in other words my ebooks and PDF files are not compatible with the audio function, darn ;-\  But it works great for the Amazon downloads.  I might not be able to listen to my ebooks but I'm looking forward to downloading a few novels I've been wanting to get and letting my Kindle read me a few bedtime stories ;-)

Do you have a Kindle?  What do you think of it? 

Comments

  1. Oliver Tausend
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    Hi Liz,

    lol, one could get the impression that you are a representative of Kindle, so passionate are you (just kidding, not with you being passionate of course)

    I have never thought of buying one but your review makes me want to reconsider…

    Thanks for sharing your insights and happy New Year !

    Take care

    Oliver

    • Oliver, LOL! I just had to do a post on Kindle because for someone that reads a lot online it’s the perfect thing. I got so tired of printing documents out and having an office full of paper, not to mention with ink cartridges being so expensive. It really is like reading a book and I can literally take it anywhere ;-)

  2. Jared Holland
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    Great review of your first days of owning a Kindle. My mother got one herself this year and I know she was equally excited about using it for her everyday reading. I didn’t even know she wanted one until she opened up a box and screamed, “MY KINDLE!”

  3. Hi Liz,

    Great to see some more info about the Kindle… I hadn’t heard much about them up till now. Definitely going on my list of things I ‘need’!

    Thanks for sharing and wish you a wonderful New Year!

    Jym

  4. Heather C Stephens
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    You’re making crazy by posting this.

    Okay, so I will admit that I’ve got kindle envy. I’ve wanted one for a while, but after reading your review, I REALLY want one!

    Darn. Why does my birthday have to be in March? Seems like a long time away. Maybe I’ll have to move it up on the priority list if I can justify having one because it will help me be more successful in my business.

    Great review, Liz! Enjoy your ebooks and please think of me when you’re reading them! LOL

    Heather

    • Hey Heather, LOL! I have a whole list of books I want to order so I’ll be busy doing lots of reading …and I will think of you :-) Try asking for a Kindle for Valentines Day, it always rolls around pretty quick after Christmas.

  5. Nice post liz.

    I never thought of buying a kindle but now i’m thinking to get one : D !

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi Liz,

    I can just tell how excited you are about your kindle! I never thought of getting one for myself, but now I WANT one! :)

    Thanks for sharing your fantastic review.

    All the best,
    Mavis

  7. Excellent review Liz

    So much so I think I need to take a another look at getting one myself :)

    Thanks

    Peter

  8. Susanna Hess says:

    Wow Liz, I’ve been wanting one for a long time now. It was on my Christmas list, but I changed my mind and requested a couple other things instead. ;)

    I love this review, and I didn’t know about the audio feature. That makes it even better… Let’s see, there’s an anniversary coming up… and then Valentine’s Day… ;)

    Awesome Liz, thanks for sharing this!

    Susanna

  9. Hector Cuevas says:

    I actually bought a Kindle for a friend for Christmas because they wanted it but I didn’t know everything it did.. This review is awesome – thanks for putting it out there

    Great stuff Liz

    Hector

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