Amazon’s Kindle kindles my passion

September 22, 2010

I like to call myself a bibliophile, mostly because it sounds so much cooler than bookworm. I don’t like anything to do with worms.

I am such a bibliophile (see how I can use big words in a sentence…that comes from reading so much), that most days I could spend all my waking hours reading. However, it’s hard to get much work done with a book in your hand, so I have to limit myself to reading only in the evenings after I’ve worked, worked out, shopped, cleaned, straightened, made and/or eaten dinner, spent some quality time chatting with the Big Man, or whatever else makes for a productive day in the Chick house.

But, oh, after that it’s all about the book. Rather, it’s all about the books because I literally have hundreds of them, shelves and boxes loaded with books.

Bookshelves are not for cute decorative displays in the Chick house.

When the shelves can't hold them all, boxes do the trick.

I come from a long line of readers, Mama Chick being the queen of them all. She can read several books a day and puts legendary speed reader, Evelyn Wood, to shame. I get excited when I go to a bookstore. I mean really, really excited. The kind of excited that a sports fanatic (I’m looking at you, Big Man) gets when he (or she) goes to a game. The kind of excited that kids get when they go to an amusement park. Charlie unwraps the Willy Wonka golden ticket kind of excited. How can I not? It’s a whole store filled with endless possibilities.

Back when I was working in publishing and first heard of the concept of electronic books, I thought “No way!” After all, there’s something so appealing about the tactile experience of holding a book in your hands, turning it over to read the summary, cracking the spine for the first time, appreciating the design and typography, inhaling the smell of the paper.

Fast forward a few years when my livelihood no longer depends on book sales and I find all that a load of cow patties.

Electronic books are the best thing since chocolate kisses. The Amazon Kindle introduced me to my first electronic book in December 2009 and we’ve been having quite the love affair since then (chocolate kisses notwithstanding). I’m thinking of crocheting us matching sweaters I love it so much.

My beloved, my Kindle.

This thing is fantastic! It’s like a whole bookstore in the palm of my hand. I can download something like (warning: hyperbole to follow) a million books and store them all on my Kindle. It’s instant gratification at its best. If I feel like reading romance, I go to the Amazon store on my Kindle and download the book of my choice. Does a good mystery sound more appealing? No problemo. How about a biography? Just turn on the Kindle and shop till you drop. There’s no charge for the connection to the Amazon store via the Kindle and access is quick and easy.

Want to read a bestseller? It's all right there on the Kindle.

What about the cost? Well, there is that. The Kindle itself costs a nice chunk of change and the book prices run the gamut. Most books are priced lower than you would pay for the physical version of the book, but there has been a bit of a pricing war launched by book publishers who believe that they are losing revenue from the sale of electronic books. Whatever. Don’t buy the more expensive electronic books and the problem is solved. Plus, many books are free! That’s right, free free free. I LOVE free books and have been introduced to lots of new authors as a result. Free is definitely for me.

My Kindle is the 2nd edition and Amazon has since introduced a newer version. I’m not sure what the difference is, but there are probably more bells and whistles. While I truly do adore bells and whistles, I’m not going to go out and spend the money to buy the latest version when mine works just fine. If you go out and buy the latest version, though, I’d love to hear about it.

In the meantime, what are you reading? I’ve got lots of space for more books on my Kindle.

Chickalicious rating: High 5!

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Joyce September 23, 2010 at 12:01 am

I have read one book on the Kindle App for my ipod touch…the real deal Kindle looks much more appealing. Plus, it wouldn’t look like I was just surfing the internet or playing games when I was actually reading…

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Unhip Chick September 23, 2010 at 1:38 am

I’ve tried the Kindle app on my Droid, Joyce. It’s nice, but these eyes just aren’t made to be reading books on a screen that small. However, it’s handy to have if I get stuck waiting around somewhere and need a book fix.
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Maureen Patton September 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

It’s a sad day when reading books is done electronically! I’ll continue reading books the old fashioned way!

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September 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I’m still a fan of the printed version, too, Maureen. I am a former publishing pro, after all. The Kindle is just so convenient for me. I can have any number of books at my disposal whenever I want.

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