Thursday, November 9, 2017

Today I want to tell you all how much I am grateful for my Kindle :)
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It is hard to believe that Kindle is turning 10 years old soon. It is just a year younger than my daughter. I remember its "birth", because my husband was an early adopter. He was home with Smarty and wanted to have an eReader with him for when he went to parks and playgrounds.
At that time, I was skeptical. I do love the feeling of a "real" book in my hands, and I did not feel like an electronic device can ever rise to it. But the very next year my husband gave me my first Kindle as a Christmas or a birthday present, and over years I became a "convert", especially once I got my Kindle Paperwhite. Once I got Paperwhite, Smarty got my old Kindle for her 7th birthday. By that time she was a fluent reader venturing far beyond picture books, and she really wanted her own eReader to have her favorite books readily accessible to her. We did not expect her Kindle to last as long as it did, but she took excellent care of it, and it was still "alive" when we finally got her a Paperwhite of her own for her 10th birthday.
Here are top 10 reasons (in no particular order) why I love my Kindle Paperwhite:

  1. Being able to read in bed even with the lights off or read while camping.
  2. Being able to read the same books with my husband and my daughter (lately, we sometimes read the same book as a family except that Smarty always finishes way earlier than we do).
  3. Being able to take my library wherever I go.
  4. Being able to increase the font size if I forgot my glasses at home.
  5. Being able to look up unfamiliar words in the built-in dictionary.
  6. Being able to use Overdrive lending library 24x7 - priceless, especially while traveling.
  7. Saving space at home - we do have a pretty extensive library of real books, but we would not be able to buy so many books as we do on Kindle, because we would not be able to store them.
  8. Being able to afford more books - we have a daily ritual of going to Kindle Daily Deals and checking out which books are on sale. We got a lot of great books for $1.99 or $2.99 when they were on sale.
  9. Being able to read my books on other devices that have a Kindle reader. I have to say that this convenience is mostly theoretical to me, because I like real Kindle much better than I like iPad or iPhone Kindle interface.
  10. Being able to READ MORE BOOKS! It's much easier for me to find time to read if I have my Kindle in my purse and can pull it out while waiting for something. 

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Do you have an eReader? How big is your eBook library?

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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I'm a big Kindle fan, too - and so are my kids!

Ticia said...

We all have Nooks or iPads with the Nook app, and like you said we can get so many more books than we have physical space for.
But, they all prefer real books to ebooks.