When I travel I always take books with me. At least five . . . always. Sometimes I buy books where I am at or at the airport because my flight is delayed and I can't get to the books in my suitcase. Or, if I'm driving, I'll fill an entire suitcase, just in case. I love to read, I'd rather pass my time doing that than anything else.
But as you can guess, that type of travel can become cumbersome and bothersome, not to mention the extra cost for over-the-limit luggage. So yeah, Kindle caught my eyes, especially because it was the size of a paperback only lighter. The thought that I could carry 200 of my favorite books around with me, tucked neatly into my purse . . . oh yeah, I was interested.
Here's a little about what I learned:
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1. Simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing.<>New York Times® Best Sellers.
2. New York Times® Best Sellers and all New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
3. Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.
4. Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
5. Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
6. More than 250 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN's Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day.
7. Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces
8. Holds over 200 titles.
9. Long battery life. Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Fully recharges in 2 hours.
10. Unlike WiFi, Kindle utilizes the same high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones—so you never have to locate a hotspot.
11. No monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments—we take care of the wireless delivery so you can simply click, buy, and read.
12. Includes free wireless access to the planet's most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia—Wikipedia.org.
13. Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.
So now I have to save my pennies and then wait. Because I have to buy a Neo Alphasmart and a Laptop first, for work, before I can buy a Kindle for pleasure, and work (imagine the research I could store on there!)
But anyone who can purchase one now, I say go for it! If you read as much as I do, I think you'll be happy you did. Just click on the graphic above and it'll take you straight to Amazon.