Monday, March 29, 2010

The Kindle

I've been tossing around the idea of getting a Kindle for a while now. I was actually going to buy myself one for Christmas, then decided to wait it out, sort of hoping it would go down in price. (It hasn't.)

I sent out an email to people in my building, asking if anyone had one and what the pros and cons were. One person (Christa) has one. She even brought it in for me to look at.

WOW. She said it could be dangerous. After about half an hour with it, I totally and completely agree. You can download a FREE excerpt from a book, then if you like it, purchase the entire thing. NY Times best sellers and new releases start at $9.99. Other books can be purchased too, and many for less than that.

The regular Kindle can hold 1,500 books. Amazing!

You can get newspaper and magazine subscriptions. USA Today is $11.99 a month. Other newspapers are comparable. Newsweek Magazine is $2.99 a month.

I just mentioned this Kindle thing again the other day and Ted suggested that I get an iPad instead. I haven't done any research on the iPad, so I have no idea what all it has on it. I may have to check it out.

BUT...that might not be necessary. You see, I entered a contest at another blogger's site today. She is giving away THREE, count them THREE Kindles, each with a $75 Amazon gift card. Never mind that after only two and a half hours I was "contestant" number 4 thousand and something. I still have a chance to win!

(And no, I'm not going to tell you which blog it is because I don't want to decrease my chances of winning! Most of you already know anyway, sigh.)

Wish me luck!


HereWeGoAJen said...

Maybe you'll win TWO of the Kindles and you can give me one of them!

Paulie said...

Good luck! I still like the feel of holding a book when I read it. BTW, all I have to do is google some choice words and I would find this entry site for the contest. Will I do it . . . nope. I don't want one. Good luck!

Now you are on someone's mailing list for spam probably . . . Ü

Monica said...

You are so funny. MD was wanting to get me one for christmas, he sent Felicia to feel me out about it. I love reading a BOOK. Plus I can't share with my friends so I tabled that one.

Hope you win! I do have friends that love them.

David Julian said...

I have the Kindle, and I really like it. I did get the leather binder with it, because I too like the feel of a book, and this does the trick. I may get an iPad in a year or two after they work out the kinks. But at this stage, I think the Kindle is superior. I say this because it is hooked to my Amazon account and the screen does not light up. It's easier on the eyes for me than a computer screen, which is what the iPad is. It also has that great, FREE, always connected to Amazon connection. It works worldwide. I sat on a plane while boarding was going on and downloaded the Dan Brown latest novel the minute it came out. Sweet!