Yesterday at noon, I finished my next book and shot it off to my editor. (Yes!!!!!) As if in reward, FedEx delivered my latest toy … er … writer’s research tool — the Amazon Kindle.
About six weeks ago, after hearing and reading lots of good feedback about the Kindle book reader, I watched the short video on Amazon’s site, and I was finally convinced that the Kindle would be an excellent addition to my library. So I placed my order. Amazon has been running way behind on filling orders almost since the beginning (November 2007, I think). Supposedly that situation is already changing, but I had to wait five and a half weeks to receive mine. In the meantime, I joined a Yahoo Group of over 1000 members so that I could be learning tips from other users.
I have never been particularly interested in ebook readers. When I owned a Pocket PC, I read a little on it, but only in a pinch. It was nice to have the Bible on it, I admit. However, the ebook reader has come a long way over the years, and the idea that I could have a lot of books in one 10 oz machine that doesn’t give me eye strain was too good to pass up. One thing I heard several times about the Kindle was that users are reading more books than before. I have fallen so far behind in reading over the last few years, so this was very encouraging to me. I want and need to read more. Research books, reference books, books on the craft of writing fiction, other writers’ novels — they all are important in my life, both for pleasure and for work.
After plugging the Kindle in and letting it charge yesterday afternoon, I downloaded a number of books, some at very marked down prices. Much less than they would cost me in traditional book form. I have been meaning to read all of Jane Austen’s books this year. It has been way, way too long since I actually read an Austen novel. Complete Illustrated Novels by Jane Austen for the Kindle cost me $4.79. You can’t beat that except in a used bookstore.
The biggest danger I can see with the Kindle is the ease of ordering. I will have to watch my spending, and not buy a lot of new books before I’ve read what I have on the Kindle already.
I took the Kindle to bed with me last night and began reading 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life by Don Piper. It’s been recommended to me a number of times. I found the Kindle easy to read as I lay in bed. I rested it on the book pillow I use and read for a long time before turning out the light.
The picture with this blog shows the size. The novel is a standard trade paperback. They’re very comparable in size, as you can see.
I’ll post about the Kindle again after it has had a longer test run.