Kindling my fire

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Yes, as I’m sure you can guess from the title, I have joined the league of e-reader owners. More specifically, I am now the proud owner of a Kindle Fire. And you know what? I love it.

For the longest time I couldn’t see the point of having an e-reader. I, too, belong to those who love the feel of a book in their hands, turning the pages, even the smell of them. I like underlining and making notes in the margin. And yes, I even fold down my corners to mark my place. I love books. And nothing will ever change that.

But I was never one to say “I’ll never get an e-reader.” And honestly, you can’t knock it until you’ve tried it. So when I was asked what I wanted for Christmas, it made sense that I – as an avid reader – would ask for one. My bookshelf is to the point where I’m double-stacking books and some even live on the top of it (Billy from Ikea can only hold so much).

When I first turned it on, I was a little overwhelmed at what to do first. The fact that I could download any book I wanted and as many as I wanted left me wondering where to start. So what did I do? I downloaded both Fruit Ninja and Words with Friends. It wasn’t until I was in front of my online Amazon account that I really started exploring my options. The purchase of a Kindle Fire comes with a one-month free subscription to Amazon Prime (hello free 2-day shipping) and gives you access to the lending library. You can download one free book a month and there’s no return date. Amazon also has a section of free books; mostly classics including Jane Austin, Mark Twain, Shakespeare and more.

The first book I downloaded (and have finished reading) was Water for Elephants. I didn’t read it any faster than I would a paperback. I did like the ability to look up words instantly because the Kindle has a built-in dictionary. Since then I have bought one book (Pope Joan) and downloaded two free books. Based on this, I see myself downloading books on a as-need or -want basis. Otherwise, it could get pretty overwhelming.

Will I stop buying bound books? Never. There will always books I will want a copy of that I can hold in my hands, and I certainly won’t be cooking with my Kindle anywhere nearby (I’ve only cooked one recipe from my new Jose Garces cook book and it’s already spattered with oil and other food stuffs). I have yet to travel outside of house with my Kindle because my cover won’t arrive until tomorrow or Friday.

So these are my first experiences with my Kindle. There will certainly be more to come.

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