As you may recall – a couple of weeks ago, my fam got my a Kindle as a gift for completing my first year of teaching!! I was thrilled to receive such a thoughtful gift and hoped it would boost my reading -(since I have seriously slacked in that department .. BAD TEACHER…)
While I know nothing can replace a real book – I find that the Kindle is a very useful piece of technology for many, many reasons.
1. Enables you to bring unlimited books.. anywhere
I found this to be extremely useful when I traveled to San Francisco recently. I knew I would want a couple of books to read – with long flights and possible down time. I left for the trip with Water for Elephants downloaded on my Kindle. I came home -with that book halfway done, My Vertical Life by Chelsea Handler finished … and just finished Ain’t No Sunshine bye Leslie DuBois last night! I did NOT have to lug three books in my carryon .. just to have options!
2. Small, Thin, Light.. overall great design!
This little baby fits anywhere – and adds no weight to what I am carrying. (Okay – so maybe it adds a little weight .. but it isn’t even noticeable!) I can fit it in my laptop case.. in my purse! It fits perfectly on the little ledges on cardio equipment .. and I don’t have to constantly hold the pages down (like I might have to with a book) if I were reading while working out!
3. Screen is easy to read.. no backlight!
I know that too much ligthing (like I get DAILY from my computer) is not good for my eyes. The kindle does not have this characteristics. The screen on a kindle looks EXACTLY like a page from a book!! You can read it anywhere you can read a regular book.. out in the sun.. in regular day light .. and with the assistance with a lamp once it gets dark!
4. It can do MORE then just provide reading pleasure!
I discovered this game, Every Word, when I was waiting for Honda to tell me what was wrong with my car. This (FREE) word game gives you a jumble of letters and you try and make words out of the letters. Just like scrabble.. (except you are only competing against a clock.. and have the same letters.. So .. not like scrabble at all..) But it IS like this game.. Word Whomp .. that I used to play )
There are lots of other free tools, as well! I just haven’t had time to explore them all!!
5. LENDINK !
At lendink – you have access to tons of book.. for free! It is kind of like a library.. but for your kindle. All you need to do is sign up! If you have book that you want to share on your kindle, you can do that as well! While there are a number of books that are not available, I got both My Horiztonal Life and Ain’t No Sunshine from Lendink. You submit a request to the book owner – and they have 48 hours to respond and loan out the book they have purcahsed for their e-reader.
If they loan it to you, you will receive an email – with a link to sync it to your Kindle. It is kind of AMAZING!
6. Helps me out in the classroom!
This was a fabulous tool for my in my classroom a few days ago. When the regular school year ended, I had read the first book in the series The Box Car Children – because I had loved this book as a child. My students loved it too – and a few had asked if we could read the 2nd book. Well.. I don’t have it in my library.. BUT… KINDLE HAS IT!
So, I hooked up to wifi and downloaded it. Box Car Children #2: Surprise Island .. ready for reading!! I will probably take advantage f this more next year, as well!
So – if you are asking me if I would recommend a Kindle .. I would say 100% YES! Justin has enjoyed watching me use it so much… that his is on the way to our home as we speak .. TYPE! I’ve had it for less then a month – have finished two books in a week .. and am 1/2 way through a third book! I would say I am reading much more than I had been! (Although I also attribute this to summer.. and time by the pool!)
Do you have an e-reader? Love it? Hate it? Or do you prefer good old books?