Kindle My Flame

I have a new love in my life.  It's truly been an unexpected love affair.  I thought I couldn't love any more deeply than I already did, but alas, I've fallen hard.

I have a new toy.  No, my gift basket hasn't arrived yet.  (It has been mailed though so it should be arriving any day now!)  I received birthday money from different family members, I added in a little of my own, and I splurged on myself.  This is out of the ordinary for me.  I usually have a hard time indulging myself.  Unexpected birthday money?  Let's save it for the kids' Christmas presents or spend it on the house. The last couple years have been tough.  I decided I deserved something special just for myself. 

I bought a Kindle.

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First of all, this is not a paid product endorsement.  I promise.  

Second, some of you are asking, "What the hell is a Kindle?"  Apparently, Oprah recently reviewed the Kindle on her show.  Probably a lot of you saw that?  I didn't see it because I never, ever, have time to watch TV. Let me give a brief explanation for those readers who are unfamiliar with the Kindle.  A Kindle is an electronic reading device invented by Amazon.  It is about the size of a paperback book, extremely lightweight (10 ounces I think) and very thin.  Here's a picture of PR holding my Kindle sideways. 

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Amazon came out with the Kindle about a year ago and I've been eyeing them warily ever since.

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The Kindle has an "electronic paper" non-glare screen.  Non-glare being very important. You can increase your reading font to whatever size you are comfortable with.  You can order books and receive them wireless in 60 seconds or less.  And no, you do not need to be in a wi-fi zone to do so. The wireless service is the same as that used by cell phones.

You can subscribe to many newspapers (NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal … hey, even my local Orange County Register) and they will be delivered to your Kindle overnight on a daily basis no matter where you are.  A few blogs and many magazines are also available on Kindle.

OK, here's where I admit that I don't know if the Kindle is available yet outside of the United States.  If it's not, I imagine it will be soon.

I love to read.  I love bookstores.  I love books.  I love the smell of books, the feel of books, the touch of them in my hands.  Nothing could ever replace that love.  For the last year I've tried to ignore all the wonderful features Kindle offers.  Now that I have a Kindle, now that I've actually held one in my hands and read that beautiful six inch screen, I'm sorry I waited so long to make the purchase.  

I am a voracious reader.  When I have time to read I inhale books, magazines, newspapers, and blogs at an amazing rate.  I'm constantly donating the books I've read to our local library.  I don't think they can believe the number I've dropped off.  I feel guilty about the number of trees that have sacrificed their lives to support my reading habit. Kindles are a very "green" product.  Which is not to say I won't still read some books in book form.  But my Kindle?  Sigh … I love it.

There are so many cool things a Kindle does, I can't possibly list them all in one post. Is it expensive?  Yes it is, but it will pay for itself in no time.  The price has dropped from around $400 to $359.  One of my readers told me about the Oprah discount (now expired) and I got mine for $309. Most of the hot bestsellers, however, only cost $9.99 so you save money on your books. (About a $17 saving on each hardcover bestseller and no shipping or wireless costs!)  I've downloaded several books so far and only one was nine bucks. (Water For Elephants – oh how I love that book!)  The other books I've ordered have ranged from three to six dollars.  That's a substantial savings!

Your Kindle can store around 200 books and if you add a memory card when it's full you can probably add another 200 on it. What happens when it's full?  You can change your memory card to make more room or delete books.  You don't really lose the books you delete though because Amazon keeps every Kindle purchase in a cyberspace library for you and if you want to re-read a book you've deleted you can just download it again (for free).  This is also a great safety net in case you ever lose your Kindle. 

Why?  Why would I love a machine over a book?  My Kindle has 190,000 books available right now and that number is growing quickly.  If I'm at a baseball tournament with PR and I have a two hour wait between games I can pull it out from my purse and read.  If I finish the book I'm reading, with the push of a button I instantly have another to begin. Without going anywhere!  

Imagine just for a minute … doctor's waiting rooms (where I've spent an awful lot of time these last two years!), dentist's offices, PT, airports, sitting in the car waiting to pick up your kid at school or activities.  The places you can whip that Kindle out of your purse or briefcase to read are endless.  It's lightweight enough to transport it around with you easily.

The Kindle comes with a real-life leather book cover that it fits in so you still can have that wonderful sense of holding a book in your hands if you want it. 

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This is absolutely the ideal gift for anyone who travels.  Take one 10 ounce electronic book with you for 3 weeks of travel and never run out of reading material. Well, ideal for anyone except for Briefcase.  He loses everything he takes with him traveling … sunglasses (countless!), iPods (three!), books (countless!), anything and everything.  It's too bad because otherwise this would be the perfect gift for him. 

If you love books, add a Kindle to your wish list.  I think you'll love it as much as I do! 

81 Responses to “Kindle My Flame”

  1. SSG

    this sounds awesome. i want one.
    just checked. not available on amazon uk. boooooooooooooooooooooo

  2. SSG

    this sounds awesome. i want one.
    just checked. not available on amazon uk. boooooooooooooooooooooo

  3. SSG

    this sounds awesome. i want one.
    just checked. not available on amazon uk. boooooooooooooooooooooo

  4. Di

    I’m not much of a book reader and don’t travel… I would definitely not use the Kindle…. Hubby, hmmm, now that’s a thought for a Christmas gift.

  5. Di

    I’m not much of a book reader and don’t travel… I would definitely not use the Kindle…. Hubby, hmmm, now that’s a thought for a Christmas gift.

  6. Di

    I’m not much of a book reader and don’t travel… I would definitely not use the Kindle…. Hubby, hmmm, now that’s a thought for a Christmas gift.

  7. Lori

    I have never heard of this. Don’t watch tv during the day unless of course it’s Dora or Diego so didn’t see Oprah’s show on it but it sounds very cool. When I get to where I can read something besides children’s books, I would be interested in one of these because I love to read. Enjoy your new toy!

  8. Lori

    I have never heard of this. Don’t watch tv during the day unless of course it’s Dora or Diego so didn’t see Oprah’s show on it but it sounds very cool. When I get to where I can read something besides children’s books, I would be interested in one of these because I love to read. Enjoy your new toy!

  9. Lori

    I have never heard of this. Don’t watch tv during the day unless of course it’s Dora or Diego so didn’t see Oprah’s show on it but it sounds very cool. When I get to where I can read something besides children’s books, I would be interested in one of these because I love to read. Enjoy your new toy!

  10. Linda

    Thank you so much for the unsolicited review! I had heard of these but was too lazy (imagine) to check it out. Now that I know more about it I know this will be perfect for my Bro & SIL. Thanks!

  11. Linda

    Thank you so much for the unsolicited review! I had heard of these but was too lazy (imagine) to check it out. Now that I know more about it I know this will be perfect for my Bro & SIL. Thanks!

  12. Linda

    Thank you so much for the unsolicited review! I had heard of these but was too lazy (imagine) to check it out. Now that I know more about it I know this will be perfect for my Bro & SIL. Thanks!

  13. Kristan Hoffman

    Wow, I’ve never seen someone give such a clear run down on the benefits of this thing. As a future author myself, I am hesitant to like the Kindle, but you’ve pretty much convinced me it probably rocks. Now I want to see one for myself…

  14. Kristan Hoffman

    Wow, I’ve never seen someone give such a clear run down on the benefits of this thing. As a future author myself, I am hesitant to like the Kindle, but you’ve pretty much convinced me it probably rocks. Now I want to see one for myself…

  15. Kristan Hoffman

    Wow, I’ve never seen someone give such a clear run down on the benefits of this thing. As a future author myself, I am hesitant to like the Kindle, but you’ve pretty much convinced me it probably rocks. Now I want to see one for myself…

  16. phhhst

    Great review 24. I have been resisting the thing because 1) I like the feel of a book and 2)did not know about the non-glare. My sister had told me about the enlarged font capabilities,and with my eyes always sore from reading that appealed.
    BTW I had a post Friday with OC skate park pics and videos.

  17. phhhst

    Great review 24. I have been resisting the thing because 1) I like the feel of a book and 2)did not know about the non-glare. My sister had told me about the enlarged font capabilities,and with my eyes always sore from reading that appealed.
    BTW I had a post Friday with OC skate park pics and videos.

  18. phhhst

    Great review 24. I have been resisting the thing because 1) I like the feel of a book and 2)did not know about the non-glare. My sister had told me about the enlarged font capabilities,and with my eyes always sore from reading that appealed.
    BTW I had a post Friday with OC skate park pics and videos.

  19. EricaB

    I read like crazy. I too love the smell of books, the feel…I love to go to the bookstore and lounge around, searching for something that sparks my interest…
    Not sure if this is for me. But I am so happy that you like it 🙂

  20. EricaB

    I read like crazy. I too love the smell of books, the feel…I love to go to the bookstore and lounge around, searching for something that sparks my interest…
    Not sure if this is for me. But I am so happy that you like it 🙂

  21. EricaB

    I read like crazy. I too love the smell of books, the feel…I love to go to the bookstore and lounge around, searching for something that sparks my interest…
    Not sure if this is for me. But I am so happy that you like it 🙂

  22. MLS

    I learned with my camera (film vs digital) to never say never, but I think it will be a long time before this appeals to me. However, I do see it could be a great gift for HBL’s 93 year old mom who can’t see squat and misses reading books. How large can you get the font and if you enlarge it a lot, then do you have to scroll the page back and forth to read it all or do the margins just adjust where you only scroll down?

  23. MLS

    I learned with my camera (film vs digital) to never say never, but I think it will be a long time before this appeals to me. However, I do see it could be a great gift for HBL’s 93 year old mom who can’t see squat and misses reading books. How large can you get the font and if you enlarge it a lot, then do you have to scroll the page back and forth to read it all or do the margins just adjust where you only scroll down?

  24. MLS

    I learned with my camera (film vs digital) to never say never, but I think it will be a long time before this appeals to me. However, I do see it could be a great gift for HBL’s 93 year old mom who can’t see squat and misses reading books. How large can you get the font and if you enlarge it a lot, then do you have to scroll the page back and forth to read it all or do the margins just adjust where you only scroll down?

  25. Christy

    That does sound like a brilliant invention…and more environmentally sound. I don’t know though…part of the allure of books is the smell too (for me anyway–I love the bookstore for that reason.) Maybe you could still get that by stopping by the library though? lol

  26. Christy

    That does sound like a brilliant invention…and more environmentally sound. I don’t know though…part of the allure of books is the smell too (for me anyway–I love the bookstore for that reason.) Maybe you could still get that by stopping by the library though? lol

  27. Christy

    That does sound like a brilliant invention…and more environmentally sound. I don’t know though…part of the allure of books is the smell too (for me anyway–I love the bookstore for that reason.) Maybe you could still get that by stopping by the library though? lol

  28. goodfather

    I am so glad you are talking about the machine Kindle, and not the California kindle(ing). My best wishes to everyone in California dealing with the fires.
    Great review! Is the screen back-lit? How long does the battery last? I am SO adding this to my wish list.

  29. goodfather

    I am so glad you are talking about the machine Kindle, and not the California kindle(ing). My best wishes to everyone in California dealing with the fires.
    Great review! Is the screen back-lit? How long does the battery last? I am SO adding this to my wish list.

  30. goodfather

    I am so glad you are talking about the machine Kindle, and not the California kindle(ing). My best wishes to everyone in California dealing with the fires.
    Great review! Is the screen back-lit? How long does the battery last? I am SO adding this to my wish list.

  31. emmysuh

    Oh my lord, I wish you had never even mentioned this. Assuming Jesus came down and gave me one for being such a good little hypocrite, I will soon go bankrupt belly up for downloading books every second of every minute of every hour.
    BUT I love the idea of storing up to 200 novels! I have a huge problems when traveling or moving to and from the dorm from my house. My books are my comfort, and I love to just pick up a favourite and read. My entire bookshelf at school is filled with books and I’ve actually run out of room and had to start stacking them on my dresser. So to be able to travel with 200 books in something that small would be ideal!!
    I want!

  32. emmysuh

    Oh my lord, I wish you had never even mentioned this. Assuming Jesus came down and gave me one for being such a good little hypocrite, I will soon go bankrupt belly up for downloading books every second of every minute of every hour.
    BUT I love the idea of storing up to 200 novels! I have a huge problems when traveling or moving to and from the dorm from my house. My books are my comfort, and I love to just pick up a favourite and read. My entire bookshelf at school is filled with books and I’ve actually run out of room and had to start stacking them on my dresser. So to be able to travel with 200 books in something that small would be ideal!!
    I want!

  33. emmysuh

    Oh my lord, I wish you had never even mentioned this. Assuming Jesus came down and gave me one for being such a good little hypocrite, I will soon go bankrupt belly up for downloading books every second of every minute of every hour.
    BUT I love the idea of storing up to 200 novels! I have a huge problems when traveling or moving to and from the dorm from my house. My books are my comfort, and I love to just pick up a favourite and read. My entire bookshelf at school is filled with books and I’ve actually run out of room and had to start stacking them on my dresser. So to be able to travel with 200 books in something that small would be ideal!!
    I want!

  34. emmysuh

    Also, forgot to mention I love Water for Elephants, so great! But her other novels are awful! Flying Changes had such a neurotic, unconvincing lead character that I found it hard to believe that it was the same author.
    (My other comment hasn’t shown up yet…I’m trusting it well, but if it doesn’t, let me know, okay?)

  35. emmysuh

    Also, forgot to mention I love Water for Elephants, so great! But her other novels are awful! Flying Changes had such a neurotic, unconvincing lead character that I found it hard to believe that it was the same author.
    (My other comment hasn’t shown up yet…I’m trusting it well, but if it doesn’t, let me know, okay?)

  36. emmysuh

    Also, forgot to mention I love Water for Elephants, so great! But her other novels are awful! Flying Changes had such a neurotic, unconvincing lead character that I found it hard to believe that it was the same author.
    (My other comment hasn’t shown up yet…I’m trusting it well, but if it doesn’t, let me know, okay?)

  37. Kelly

    I’ve been looking at these. Like you I thought I wouldn’t want to give up the “feel” of a real book. I suppose I could still browse bookstores & then save $ by reading anything I picked out on the Kindle. And I really like the idea of the leather book cover. I’m intrigued.

  38. Kelly

    I’ve been looking at these. Like you I thought I wouldn’t want to give up the “feel” of a real book. I suppose I could still browse bookstores & then save $ by reading anything I picked out on the Kindle. And I really like the idea of the leather book cover. I’m intrigued.

  39. Kelly

    I’ve been looking at these. Like you I thought I wouldn’t want to give up the “feel” of a real book. I suppose I could still browse bookstores & then save $ by reading anything I picked out on the Kindle. And I really like the idea of the leather book cover. I’m intrigued.

  40. Donna in VA

    What a great birthday present!
    I saw that Oprah show. She raved about it as much as you do. I’m a big reader too and I’m sure I would love one. But I’ll have to wait and see if Santa brings me one.

  41. Donna in VA

    What a great birthday present!
    I saw that Oprah show. She raved about it as much as you do. I’m a big reader too and I’m sure I would love one. But I’ll have to wait and see if Santa brings me one.

  42. Donna in VA

    What a great birthday present!
    I saw that Oprah show. She raved about it as much as you do. I’m a big reader too and I’m sure I would love one. But I’ll have to wait and see if Santa brings me one.

  43. Sandra

    I’m glad you found a new love. I whip thru books fast too. Unfortunately once I dive into a book my family pays the price because I tend to ignore them. LOL

  44. Sandra

    I’m glad you found a new love. I whip thru books fast too. Unfortunately once I dive into a book my family pays the price because I tend to ignore them. LOL

  45. Sandra

    I’m glad you found a new love. I whip thru books fast too. Unfortunately once I dive into a book my family pays the price because I tend to ignore them. LOL

  46. Christine

    You know, I’ve thought long and hard about getting one, and I just can’t bring myself to do it. As a bibliophile, I can’t wrap my head around reading books in a format other than the real thing. I have to hold them, feel them, smell them. I love every aspect of books. I’ve been told by my husband that I get the “kid in a candy store” look on my face whenever he’s with me at a bookstore. The concept of the Kindle is great. It’s awesome, really. Especially for travelers. Heck, it would’ve been awesome for me this past summer with all the little league games. But I can barely stand reading on the computer — in college I always had to print out my papers to edit them. But at least the Kindle has the special screen.
    I don’t know.
    There’s a huge psychological hurdle I’d have to overcome first.

  47. Christine

    You know, I’ve thought long and hard about getting one, and I just can’t bring myself to do it. As a bibliophile, I can’t wrap my head around reading books in a format other than the real thing. I have to hold them, feel them, smell them. I love every aspect of books. I’ve been told by my husband that I get the “kid in a candy store” look on my face whenever he’s with me at a bookstore. The concept of the Kindle is great. It’s awesome, really. Especially for travelers. Heck, it would’ve been awesome for me this past summer with all the little league games. But I can barely stand reading on the computer — in college I always had to print out my papers to edit them. But at least the Kindle has the special screen.
    I don’t know.
    There’s a huge psychological hurdle I’d have to overcome first.

  48. Christine

    You know, I’ve thought long and hard about getting one, and I just can’t bring myself to do it. As a bibliophile, I can’t wrap my head around reading books in a format other than the real thing. I have to hold them, feel them, smell them. I love every aspect of books. I’ve been told by my husband that I get the “kid in a candy store” look on my face whenever he’s with me at a bookstore. The concept of the Kindle is great. It’s awesome, really. Especially for travelers. Heck, it would’ve been awesome for me this past summer with all the little league games. But I can barely stand reading on the computer — in college I always had to print out my papers to edit them. But at least the Kindle has the special screen.
    I don’t know.
    There’s a huge psychological hurdle I’d have to overcome first.

  49. Tricia

    This really does sound wonderful. Like you I always think I’d miss the feel and smell of paper pages, but there are so many conveniences to a gadget like this, and it’s green. Hummm. I may just have to check this out.

  50. Tricia

    This really does sound wonderful. Like you I always think I’d miss the feel and smell of paper pages, but there are so many conveniences to a gadget like this, and it’s green. Hummm. I may just have to check this out.

  51. Tricia

    This really does sound wonderful. Like you I always think I’d miss the feel and smell of paper pages, but there are so many conveniences to a gadget like this, and it’s green. Hummm. I may just have to check this out.

  52. Midlife Mama

    Wow how totally cool is that?? I never would have wanted one, for all the reasons you mentioned about the look, feel, smell of holding a real book.
    But hmm….Christmas is coming. I might have to ask Santa for that one. The idea of having a book at my fingertips is just too wonderful to be real. There’s nothing worse than getting somewhere, knowing you have two hours to wait and pulling out your book only to realize you only have 10 pages left to read and no back up book. That is just sucky.
    Thanks for the great info. Otherwise I don’t think I would have ever considered it. 🙂

  53. Midlife Mama

    Wow how totally cool is that?? I never would have wanted one, for all the reasons you mentioned about the look, feel, smell of holding a real book.
    But hmm….Christmas is coming. I might have to ask Santa for that one. The idea of having a book at my fingertips is just too wonderful to be real. There’s nothing worse than getting somewhere, knowing you have two hours to wait and pulling out your book only to realize you only have 10 pages left to read and no back up book. That is just sucky.
    Thanks for the great info. Otherwise I don’t think I would have ever considered it. 🙂

  54. Midlife Mama

    Wow how totally cool is that?? I never would have wanted one, for all the reasons you mentioned about the look, feel, smell of holding a real book.
    But hmm….Christmas is coming. I might have to ask Santa for that one. The idea of having a book at my fingertips is just too wonderful to be real. There’s nothing worse than getting somewhere, knowing you have two hours to wait and pulling out your book only to realize you only have 10 pages left to read and no back up book. That is just sucky.
    Thanks for the great info. Otherwise I don’t think I would have ever considered it. 🙂

  55. MadWoman

    My husband is going to be on the warpath and he’ll be after YOU. I on the other hand am hereby announcing my crush on you and your love of literacy.

  56. MadWoman

    My husband is going to be on the warpath and he’ll be after YOU. I on the other hand am hereby announcing my crush on you and your love of literacy.

  57. MadWoman

    My husband is going to be on the warpath and he’ll be after YOU. I on the other hand am hereby announcing my crush on you and your love of literacy.

  58. Jeanne P

    I love my kindle. It will be great to take on vacation as my suitcase won’t have to be loaded down with books, they will just be on my 10 ounce Kindle!

  59. Jeanne P

    I love my kindle. It will be great to take on vacation as my suitcase won’t have to be loaded down with books, they will just be on my 10 ounce Kindle!

  60. Jeanne P

    I love my kindle. It will be great to take on vacation as my suitcase won’t have to be loaded down with books, they will just be on my 10 ounce Kindle!

  61. Anali

    I never really took those seriously until now. I wondered why anyone would want one. But I do love the leather cover. And that would be more convenient for travel. Maybe that is a good idea after all…

  62. Anali

    I never really took those seriously until now. I wondered why anyone would want one. But I do love the leather cover. And that would be more convenient for travel. Maybe that is a good idea after all…

  63. Anali

    I never really took those seriously until now. I wondered why anyone would want one. But I do love the leather cover. And that would be more convenient for travel. Maybe that is a good idea after all…

  64. Stepping Thru

    I’ve watched these for a while now and am still undecided. I love books too and am constantly trading with my sister, daughter and a couple of friends. I can see how this would be great since I travel so much but I am a little too much like Briefcase…..I have a tendency to lose things of value. Think I’ll keep watching them as I LOVE Barnes and Noble and could camp out in there.

  65. Stepping Thru

    I’ve watched these for a while now and am still undecided. I love books too and am constantly trading with my sister, daughter and a couple of friends. I can see how this would be great since I travel so much but I am a little too much like Briefcase…..I have a tendency to lose things of value. Think I’ll keep watching them as I LOVE Barnes and Noble and could camp out in there.

  66. Stepping Thru

    I’ve watched these for a while now and am still undecided. I love books too and am constantly trading with my sister, daughter and a couple of friends. I can see how this would be great since I travel so much but I am a little too much like Briefcase…..I have a tendency to lose things of value. Think I’ll keep watching them as I LOVE Barnes and Noble and could camp out in there.

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