Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thursdays With Helen: Kindle - It's Happened To Me

I've been thinking and thinking about a kindle for like ... at least a year.  I could see the benefits, for sure.  But the preference for that book-in-hand feel (and book-on-shelf look) has always held me back.  Oh, and cost, of course.

Despite not having a Kindle, I have amassed quite a few ebooks on my kindle account.  So if I wanted to, I could read them on my phone or my computer.  Which I did sometimes.  At the expense of my eyesight! 

But in the last few weeks, my decision was made - I'm ready for a kindle.  I just couldn't afford one yet - particularly since in doing my research, I'd decided I wanted a Kindle Fire.  Which you can't even get in Australia yet. (Okay, technically you can, but it's not fully functional for purchasing multimedia content through Amazon store.)

So I was going to wait.  Wait for the Kindle Fire to be officially launched in Australia, and by then hopefully I could justify the expense.  Waiting was getting frustrating and I was starting to develop a legitimate need to read ebooks more regularly due to price of paperbacks and the research I'm doing for my own writing.

God must have decided I do actually need a Kindle now.  Otherwise, the checkout I went to this morning wouldn't have been out of order, forcing me to go to the one next to it.  And the one next to it, happened to have a stand with Kindles at less than half price.  And there were only a couple left. No, it wasn't a Kindle Fire.  But I knew just as well as God that I didn't need the extra fancy features.  I really only needed to be able to read ebooks easily - plain and simple.  If I was looking for a sign that it was time to own a Kindle, that was it.

So I bought a plain, wi-fi only, basic 6" eink display, probably about to be superseded, Kindle.  But it was $50.  And it's what I need - and all I need.

God is great, isn't He?  Patience ... waiting on God ... it pays off :)


Helen's favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element.  She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA.  She's not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.

Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.

10 comments:

  1. great news Helen and you dont need next G. what you got is what I have and I love it. I actually use it more now than I thought I would.

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    1. Yeah, you're so right about the 3G, as long as you've got all your books downloaded before you go anywhere, no problem at all :) I'm using it a lot too!

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  2. So... how is it going? I much prefer a book, but I use my kindle quite a lot because honestly I hardly have room for any more books in my house. I find it pretty good to read, easy to download books - I would never think of it as a replacement for books, but just another tool. Like reading your blog. Liz Shelton

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    1. Hi Liz! So glad you're enjoying our blog. We love having our readers stop in and say 'hi'! :) I still prefer the book too, but I am loving the access to the free ebooks I've collected. I am actually liking it more than I thought I would. Will I stop buying paperbacks??? I doubt it. I think I will buy as much as I always have. But I think will buy other books in ebook format that I wouldn't have bought in paperback. So ultimately that means I'm buying more books than before. That's gotta make the authors happy, right? :)

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  3. Oh, love this, Helen. People need to take seriously their role as stewards of God's gifts, and you're a great example! :-) I'd like to get a kindle (still using my phone with the text magnified), but I'm like you--I prefer the real paper book, so its not on the top of the list. Let me know how you like it!

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    1. Thanks Gwen! It is hard for me to sit and wait to see how God provides. But it's amazing to see HOW He does when you let Him :)

      Gwen, I have to say, I'm really enjoying the convenience of the Kindle, particularly since I'm away at the moment. And much prefer it to reading off my phone :P

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  4. The big reason you don't need (or even want) a Kindle Fire is that it has a back-lit screen, just like the phone and the computer that are bad for your eyesight.

    $50 for a Kindle is a great buy! And, if you think about it, you'll pay for it quickly with all the free Christian downloads, not to mention your Booksneeze books.

    On average, I post five Christian freebies a week on my Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/#!/ChristianReads.

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    1. Hi Iola! You are SO right about the Kindle fire and the back-lit screen. I'm very happy with the Kindle I ended up with. And I have a lot more free ebooks collected than I realised - plenty of reading for me :) I think there's about 1 every week on the free lists that I download. That's pretty good, isn't it?

      By the way, my prediction was correct - did you see the new range of Kindle's released today?? Doesn't matter - I still couldn't go past a $50 Kindle :)

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  5. Congratulations!! What a bargain :). I'm still madly in love with paper books, but learning to collect e-books like a squirrel. I think I prefer non fiction for e-reading, and fiction the old fashioned way. But I'm willing to read all the ways I can :)
    Blessings
    Dotti :)

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    1. Hi Dotti! Funny you should say you prefer non-fiction for e-reading ... I think I may be the other way around. I find with non-fiction I want to make notes, jump around from chapter to chapter in non-sequential order and look up things, and I'd prefer to do that the old fashioned way. I certainly won't be making many notes with my Kindle as it's very tedious to do so with the on-screen keyboard.

      But, I do love to see my fiction books lined up on my bookshelf too :) Maybe that's just vanity??

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