When Amazon launched its Kindle I was one of the purists who insisted I would never be happy reading from a machine. I am an avid reader, have been all my life and I just love books, the smell, the feel, collecting them....I could go on and on with reasons why I would never want a Kindle.
But there was one gaping hole in my argument, I always read in bed before I go to sleep and the required light would keep the Hubster from sleeping soundly. So when I saw the Kindle 3rd generation lighted cover, I could see an end to my nightly wrestling with various book lights and a better solution.
At first I downloaded the Kindle app to my PC and started reading some free books to test it out. I just found it so incredibly handy, it bookmarked where I was up to, I loved the dictionary and soon the Hubster had it on his PC too and we were both using it daily. We then looked into various ereaders available, but the Kindle was the first and by this 3rd generation the kinks have been worked out and it's widely viewed as the best. I did not want a colour screen as scientific studies have now proven the Kindle screen does not stimulate brain activity like colour does, and therefore it doesn't keep you awake late at night.
So I bit the bullet and received my Kindle in late November and was immediately hooked. I signed up for the delivery of the bestselling blog Free Kindle Books and other tips for just 99c a month and so far I have downloaded about 50 FREE books thanks to its excellent daily newsletter. To date I have only paid for one book and a few low cost games, but have numerous books to read and the free ones I have read have all been good. As a regular user of Paperbackswap.com where books are free, this had been another reason not to get a Kindle, but free Kindle books are available daily from Amazon and other sources.
The main thing I love about my Kindle is it's just so darn easy! I carry it with me everywhere, it's light (even with the cover), I never lose my page, I love the dictionary feature, you can easily read more than one book at a time, you can change the print size or even have it read the book to you, there are some great word games available to play, you can access the internet (I have the wireless version) and I can read in bed with my lighted cover.
I bought the Hubster one for Christmas and he keeps telling me how much he loves his Kindle! And as of this week we can now loan each other books to read as well. Most evenings you will now find us next to each other reading our Kindles or playing Scrabble together on them. When I took mine into work it resulted in everyone having a play with it and as a result two colleagues got them for Christmas too and are also in love.
So if you have ever been tempted by a Kindle, or even dismissed it as something you'd never want because you love your books, take it from me....if you love reading you will love a Kindle!