Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Guilty Pleasure #10 - I've seen the Kindle light

There are a few other bloggers that are doing these Guilty Pleasure posts as well. It all started with C.J. Duggan and if you want a bunch of smiles, circle back to her site and see the comments to read other pleasures. Love to have you join the fun.

I have a serious book addiction. No seriously I do. I spend way to much $money$ and get way to wrapped up in my books. I even turn down outings with my friends. 
Friend - "Hey Michelle do you want to go and see that funny movie Bridesmaids?" 
Me- "Oh thanks but I've got a lot to do tonight. Maybe next time." 

Do you know what my "a lot to do" was? I hang my head in shame to say, I'm reading and 9 times out of 10 I'm most likely on my Kindle. (the other 1 time I'm reading a mass market paperback)
Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Pearl Display
I can't go anywhere without my Kindle. I've taken my little device to weddings, football games even a rock concert. Sometimes, I'm not actually even reading a book but I just have to have it with me. It's like a safety blanket or something. My blog header is a picture of my Kindle. I need to name my Kindle but I've just never come up with a good one. Any ideas?

It has been one of the best electronic gadgets I've ever bought. I was recently awarded a few gift cards from work. It was awesome but they were for a retail bookstore chain that you don't buy Kindle ebooks from. I ended up purchasing 4 of the Karen Marie Moning books in paperback but let me tell you, it was almost torture reading those paperbacks (and it wasn't the angst that was the killing me)

I really don't like reading paperback books anymore. My eyes get all squinty at 2am from trying to read the tiny font and I can't get comfortable as I shift from side to side on the couch trying to score the lamp light at 3 am. See my dilemma? 
Plus sometimes I don't know the meaning of some words and I'm so used to just clicking on my Kindle dictionary and having the words automatically pop up with full definitions. With reading a paperback, I just had to revert back to guessing what they meant. 

I wasn't sure how I would manage with this funky electronic device when I first got it. I am not an IT person. My IT savvy friends will be the first to confirm that fact. I'm all good with learning and researching though. The Kindle however is not difficult. At all. I know some folks out there refuse to move from paperbacks and hardcovers over to an electronic device. No worries. I got a great video for you. You may have seen it before but if not enjoy. You'll eventually adjust. 

Some people get mad that an ebook can now cost as much as a paperback or hardcover. I used to be one of those people but you know what? After reading those 4 books on paperback this past weekend, I don't care. I would rather read on my Kindle and pay exactly the same price. 

Do you have an electronic book reading device? How do you decide which books to purchase old style and which you download on to your device? 


Unknown said...

Hehe I'm also guilty of turning people down to read. It's sad... my guy had a "boy's right" last week and I spent the entire night reading. I own a Kobo. When I first got it, it was all I would read on but lately I only read about 30% of my books on it. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my WOW

C.J Duggan said...

Oh my gosh! I will have people visit me and all I can think about is my book I begrudgingly book marked for them, all I can think about is my characters and what's going to happen as I pretend to listen....Yep I am horrible!!

Ooooh I am building up the courage to go Kindle, I am still rocking it old school but I know I will not look back once I make the leap. I figure I will HAVE to get one, because lets face it I am going on that huge 1 month U.S holiday next year, I cant go lugging my books around now can I??

P.S THANK you! Thank you! Thank you!! For introducing me to Julie Garwood! I LOVE her!! Honors Splendour was brilliant, and I also purchased The Bride, The Wedding, The Secret and Ransom. Can't wait to get stuck into them!

Julie said...

I've become quite attached to my Kindle in the short time we've been together. I call him Kurt. God bless Kurt. I think you should call yours Kelly. :)

Armchair_Archives said...

Love the video! Will definitely share it! :)

I've only had my Kindle 4 days and I'm already addicted. I absolutely love it (and the dictionary function you mentioned has already left its mark on me!). It's actually going to me a money-saver for me because a lot of the classics I read, I can download for free! Win win!

Anonymous said...

I'm with you - I love my kindle and it;s so easy to read - I usually sit outside in the sun to read and love the fact there is no glare - and Iove arranging all my books into groups - like my own personal mini library. I still love actual books - can't help it, but my kindle is the best:)

Julie said...

I love print. If I can get it in print, I'll get it in print. The only reason I bought my Kobo was to read from Net Galley and other eBooks I get from authors/publishers. lol More and more authors are publishing novellas as eBooks only and I'm glad I have my Kobo for those too. The only time I will buy eBook is if there is a book that is releasing that day and I don't want to wait for the print, I'll buy the eBook but also get the print at a later date. I did that for Shadowfever. Or, if it's a series that I enjoy reading but I know I won't want to keep it on my keeper shelf, I may get the eBook. But for me, it's still print first. I don't dislike my eReader, I just prefer my book-books. :)

Eve McFadden said...

I've had a Kindle for about a year now, and I love it. Even though I've had to have it replaced twice (the first replacement probably wasn't necessary and led to the second), Amazon is great about it and suggested the replacements. I'm a sucker for the free and cheap books, although I'd love to do more, and one day I will. I love how light it is, how my hands and arms don't get tired of holding books up and open. I will likely never be without an e-reader again. And I really love the Kindle's screen; true, there's no backlight, but that's precisely what makes it easier on the eyes.