It wasn’t a mystery to anyone that I’ve been wanting some sort of e-reader device for awhile now. I even dropped hubby a not-so-subtle hint suggesting I get one for Mother’s Day. But it was mostly a joke as I truly didn’t expect to get one.
So I was surprised and thrilled when hubby and my kids presented me with a Kindle on Sunday morning.
My initial thoughts after two days of use: I like it, a lot. I didn’t think I would already like it as I thought it would take some getting used to.
I’ve read tales of folks who claim they’d grab their Kindle first if there were a fire and they were running out the door. While I’m no where near there, I can say I’m surprised to already like it as much as I do. I thought I was old school with books – and would find it hard to switch to reading on a Kindle.
It’s been relatively easy. I don’t mind pushing the button to turn the page – the way I figure it, it’s not any more distracting than turning a page in a physical book. I do still notice the “page turning” on the screen but from what I’ve read, I’ll be interested to see if I notice it in another few days.
It’s almost too easy to download books. I love that I can sample the books first though – I’ve been sampling books right and left, and also downloading samples of books I know I want to read later – just so they are there and listed and I’ll remember them later!
And you can’t argue with the space issue. My guest room/office has a library of books that are overflowing. I have literally piles of books on the floor and to the sides of the bookshelf. I love to read. Having them all stored electronically but not taking up space in my house moving forward: awesome.
My one gripe which isn’t a news flash is that I’m still annoyed I can’t share books. I have two good friends who both have Kindles. Both of these friends read the same books I do – I would have loved to share books with them. I’d be able to do it if I bought the actual phyiscal book in-store, so it annoys me that I can’t do it with the Kindle. But I’m holding out hope that Amazon will find a way to amend that down the road – Barnes & Noble is already doing it with the Nook (although only for 7 days) so hopefully Amazon will offer something similar soon.