Kindle Reader

For years I have resisted the digital infringement on the world of my reading. I love collecting second hand books of classics both past and present. I thought I was getting a bargain paying $2 or $3 a book. But that was until I bought a Kindle wireless reading device.

The Kindle has a battery that lasts one week with the internet on and 2 weeks with the internet off. My Kindle can hold over 1,500 books. I have only partly filled the library of my Kindle and nearly 90% of it is free. Every book published before 1923 is out of copyright and therefore available for free download. And the genius thing about Kindle is that it is free to access the internet. The digital Kindle reading device automatically connects the device to the internet via a 3G network. The network covers over a 100 countries. Countries such as America, the UK, Japan, Norway, Spain, France, Canada, Chile and Hong Kong as well as other countries have nearly full coverage. My Kindle downloads Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Balzac, Proust and a host of other classics and each book takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to download. There are over 1.8 million free books to download onto the Kindle. Not only that but I can view any text-centric site. I can surf the internet to decide exactly what I want to download for free to build my library. Already I have downloaded enough books to pay for the $189 to buy a Kindle.

The experience of reading from my Kindle is not that different to reading from a regular paper and ink book. The Kindle is super thin and about the same size as a paperback. There is no glare or aggravating light. Reading from a Kindle reading device is similar to reading from a normal book, there is no glare or eye strain. Indeed you can choose fonts to read in and the size of the text. If you have poor eyesight you can download many books with a text to speech file that allows you to listen to the text. Also you can bookmark pages, cut and paste passages and search the text better than if you had a real book in front of you.

In all ways having a Kindle is better than having an entire room dedicated to books. And the price of expanding your library is much cheaper than buying the books first or second hand.

And if you want to purchase a new book –whether it is on the best seller list or an obscure publication you can probably get it within minutes onto your Kindle for as little as $9.

To sum up, my Kindle has a room full of books on it for just the price of the reading device and furthermore I can check my email, tweet, use facebook and look for other great free books to read without paying any fees other than the electricity of charging the device every week or two.