3.26.2009

To Kindle or not to Kindle: Tibbetts answers the question

Immediately after I sent a note to the books4children listserve asking for advice on whether buying a Kindle from amazon.com was a good idea, a post from author Peggy Tibbetts came back singing the praises of this little gadget.

In her blog, Kindle Spirits, Tibbetts addresses many of the questions I had about the Kindle. She also provides links to further information and suggests the two "must have" accessories: the Kindle travel case and the Mighty Bright Light.

One thing Tibbetts mentions also helped seal the deal for me: the fact that I can edit manuscripts in the Kindle! I'm now blaming Tibbetts for this last minute addition to my Christmas 2008 list. I had to wait until March'09 to get it, as it was on back order. The good thing is that amazon.com sent me the Kindle-2 without me having to pay extra for it so it was worth the wait.

Now that I have been using my Kindle for about amonth I can tell you this little gadget has won me over. I love using it, love how easy it is to put my own manuscripts in it. I can either email them to my kindle email and for $0.10 a manuscript, regardless of how small or big it is, amazon.com will put it in kindle-formatting and automatically send it to my kindle within seconds... literally! If I want to get this done free of charge then all I do is email my manuscript to my free.kindle email and amazon.com and I'll receive an email from them with my manuscript in kindle-format so all I have to do is upload it to my kindle.

I'll keep adding more things that I like about the Kindle as I continue to explore its abilities. I'll also post my wish list for things it's not presently doing. In the meantime, I'd love to hear from visitors who own a Kindle. Let me know what you think of them!


4 comments:

  1. Hah! You blame me now but once you have your precious kindle you will get down on your knees and thank me, amiga. You're about to fall in love.

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  2. Ah hahahaha, Peggy, that's funny! It's going to be mid-March before I do get down on my knees to thank you. Kindles are on backorder at amazon.com and they tell me I should get the one I ordered sometime in March. Amazon.com is taking orders and putting folks on a waiting list.

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  3. Hi, Olgy! I don't know anyone who bought a Kindle and regretted it. I think the more you read, the more you will like it. I have a Kindle 1 and have read more books in the six months since I got it than in the 2 years before that.

    I also truly believe eReaders will help keep reading as a viable leisure activity by making it easier to always have something handy to read. I blog about it a LOT!

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  4. Hi Karen! Count me in among those who have not regretted getting a Kindle. I'm in the same boat as you are, amazed at the number of books I've read in the past six months compared to my almost non-reading habits of the past several years. I'm just as busy now as I was then. But somehow having easy access to the books via my Kindle is making me read...and read faster! LOL. Several of my friends have also told me they think they're reading faster when they read a book in their Kindles.

    Thanks f/the link to your blog, http://karen-w-newton.livejournal.com/tag/e-books. Good blog entry and good links to Bransford's article, Will Authors of the Future Need Publishers?. :-)

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