Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Kindle is Here!

The Kindle I won from the generous and kind J.T. over at Bibliofreak arrived Saturday while I was at my in laws for our Christmas celebration. Our post office kept it safe until my husband picked it up for me. (Who then pretended he couldn't get it to see how disappointed I would be, so he could whip it out afterwards. Hmmm...not funny.) This is me cuddling with my Kindle in my favorite chair (I know it's ugly, but it's comfy!):

So far I've downloaded 10 books for free to test it out. I'm reading Kiss Me Deadly by Michele Hauf right now, plus I have:

Once Bitten by Kalayna Price
Already Dead by Charlie Huston
Conspiracy in Kiev by Noel Hynd
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetic Works
Vanish by Tom Pawlik
Wit'ch Fire by James Clemens

My 16 year old son helped me pick most of the books. He wants to read The Invisible Man and The Picture of Dorian Gray plus he's a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe. I think you can see why I call him Psuedo Emo Teen.

The Kindle is pretty easy to use. I think it would have really benefited from a touch screen option, especially when choosing books. Once you get into your book to read it the large button for "next page" is wonderful and works really well. It's easy to bookmark your page too. The little square that selects items isn't quite so handy, and to me it's a little awkward when searching for books. Here is a picture my son took of me actually reading with it:

The size, the screen, the weight etc. are all great and make it really easy to use when reading. I'm sure I'll have more thoughts as I use it longer.

Thanks again to J.T. for the awesome prize. It would have easily been next year before I could have purchased a Kindle myself, and it's going to be super helpful in my reading and writing.