7/31/2010

Kindle 2...

There's still a few things I'd like to blog about from my trip down to Florida two weeks ago. Mainly my trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But that post is going to have quite a few pictures, and (with preparing to teach at summer camp next week) I just don't have the time to edit them right now. So events from my vacation might keep trickling onto the blog for the next little while.

One of the things that happened while I was in Florida was that I got a Kindle. Now, I should say that I wouldn't buy a Kindle myself. Or maybe, I don't think I'd buy a Kindle. I really love everything about normal (analog?) books. I love the feel. I love the covers. I love the smell. I love holding them. I love writing in them, underlining, highlighting, etc. I just love them.

But, man. I love my Kindle.

My friend, Ray, who I was down visiting, blessed me with the Kindle as a gift. After a quick session on how to operate it, I was off and running!

Rather than type out a long summary of my experience so far, I thought I'd just jot down a few quick thoughts...

  • There's a ton of free books for downloading. Mostly classics. Frankenstein, Three Musketeers, and such. I know this is going to be a huge strike to my reader street cred, but I only have about a 24% desire to read them...

  • Purchasing books on the Kindle is very similar to purchasing songs on iTunes. One click and you're moving. This does not bode well for me, as songs on iTunes are $1.29, and books on the Kindle are around $10. I can see this is going to be an excercise in mental toughness...

  • I love that the Kindle has free (no subscription charge) 3G wireless internet built in. After I arrived at the airport last week, I pulled it out and checked my departing flight info on it. Lifesaver...

  • Thanks to the 3G, I can also connect it to facebook and twitter and share passages I like on those spaces. Here's kind of what that looks like...

  • The first book I purchased was Francis Chan's "Crazy Love". So far (and I'm a little over halfway through it), I'm loving it. It's totally simple, but wonderfully profound. Click on the image of it in the right hand column to check it out...

  • I also just ordered a leather case for it this morning. Don't worry I got it used. Hopefully, that's the only accessory I'll have to purchase for it. You know, cause leather carrying cases are a "have to" purchase...

  • Wouldn't you know it, Amazon just released the Kindle 3. What are you guys? Apple? And now, I want the newest, shiniest thing. Good thing I'm broke...
  • 2 comments:

    Julie Hibbard said...

    You know I am a HUGE fan of technology--but I am the last hold out on a Kindle. I LOVE my books. I love READING books and holding books and being at a bookstore and smelling books. More than that, I love WRITING in my books and keeping notes in the back of what was going on in my life while I was reading them...
    Am I just silly now?

    Josh(ua) Treece said...

    Nope. Like I said, I would have never bought one of these bad boys on my own. But it was a gift. And, it turns out, one that I love.

    And I'm right on board with all of the things you love about books. I love the same things. But (and I know it's not the same) the Kindle lets you takes notes as you read, then saves them all for you in a text file. It then allows you to upload them to your computer or save them on the Kindle.

    I'm guessing that it'll be awesome while I'm traveling! It holds up to 1500 books!

    Oh yeah, and you can also download first chapters of books for free!