I bought myself a new play thing that I can for see costing me a lot of money. A serious amount of money, if only because it makes buying stuff so dang easy.
What is it, you ask???
An Amazon.com Kindle, the digital book reader that can automatically download digital books from anywhere in the USA (provided you’re in the 3G coverage).
But this is worse than a boat…. You see, just to get the books that I want to keep for a long time because I re-read them frequently, I spent about $75.00 in under 7 minutes. Take for example Stephen King’s “The Stand”, I’ve re-read my paper version so much that the book has fallen apart. The digital version is $8.09. The paperback version is $15.00. The paperback is about 4 inches thick, the Kindle is a lovely 3/8” thick. Which would you rather carry & pay for?
Why a Kindle? I read veraciously. Seriously, I read a lot & I’ll spend way more than the cost of the Kindle a year on books. And, I can keep all of those books on the same device and keep them with me for as long as I like. The Kindle can hold 1,000+books & all books are backed up.
Also, I can get magazine subscriptions automatically downloaded every month. I choose to get American Scientific. I can also have Newspaper’s delivered daily, like The New York Times.
Here are a few photo’s if you’re wondering what it looks like. I’ve placed a pencil next to the Kindle so that you get an idea of size.
The sobering reality is that they’ve made getting reading material far to easy. I can query and download in seconds from this device with out even glancing at my laptop. It has it’s own built in Wireless feature called “Whispernet” and it’s subsidized by Amazon.com who uses AT&T. That means, that I can be sitting on the beach getting a sun tan & download material.
That’s not good. I am going to have to moderate myself. I have zero self control when it comes to shopping moderation & this would qualify as shopping moderation. I’m going to have to work out a rule that I live by, that I’m only allowed a certain amount of book downloading a month.
Anyway… I’m off to read my new goodie… I’ve already read one and am all over “Fearless Fourteen” by Janet Evanovich. She’s funny and I just love her books. Always a conundrum and I end up laffing so hard I cry.
Have a super rest of the week. We’re going to get cold here too, down to the Teens. I’ve got my heavy duty Michigan winter jacket out for ultimate warmth. It’s great, but if I zip it up, I end up sweating profusely. (It is a serious jacket). 😀
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