Last week, I got a Kindle.
I have been thinking about getting one for a while, and when they dropped the price about a month ago I figured I’d go for it.
My best purchase in a long, long time.
If you know me, you know I’m pretty stingy. It’s hard for me to spend money. I’m the kind of guy that always asks for a water cup. I rarely order value meals. I love dollar menus.
So to spend money on anything over $15 takes time for me. I deliberate. I research. I question whether it will be worth it. When it comes to buying things that aren’t necessary for existence I become ridiculously indecisive. But about two weeks ago I went out on a limb and bought the Kindle. And I’m loving it.
5 Reasons Why I Love My Kindle:
1. I can read anytime, anywhere.
It’s lightweight and durable. I can take it anywhere and read it anywhere. Not to mention that it functions on a 3G network, meaning I can download books whether I’m on a train or at the beach.
Since I don’t have to hold pages open, like a regular book, I can read while I brush my teeth or eat my cereal. The “text-to-speech” feature enables me to read while drive. That’s right, when my eyes need to be on the right, the Kindle reads to me. I’ve found the computer-ish speech to be totally comprehensive. It’s probably my favorite feature.
Unlike an iPad, the displays great in open sunlight. The electronic ink makes it easy on the eyes and readable in any place a regular book would be readable.
2. I can carry a library with me wherever I go.
The Kindle holds thousands of books. Not to mention thousands more waiting just a click away. It will never, ever replace an actual, physical library, but it’s much easier than trying to carry five books in your backpack. I already have 20 books on my Kindle.
3. I can purchase classics for dirt cheap.
Yesterday I bought five of Charles Spurgeon’s classic works for a total of 95 cents. Also, books in the public domain (think Jane Austin, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Mark Twain) are free. It’s like having a used book store at your fingertips, except the books aren’t worn down and highlighted.
4. It keeps a database of all my notes and highlights that I make throughout the read.
I like to take notes and underline key points throughout the book. I worried whether this would actually be functional enough. It is. Every underline I make or note I write is stored in a separate file on the Kindle titled “My Clippings.” In the “My Clippings” file I can search for the points I thought were important to remember. These also sync with my PC and my iPod touch Kindle app. So whatever I note on my Kindle is stored on my PC.
5. It makes me a better husband.
You may be wondering about this point. I did not expect this effect at all, so let me explain.
Last week Ashley needed to get ready for something right after dinner. I was ready to go already. Suddenly, I hatched a plan.
“You go get ready,” I said. “I’ll clear the table and do the dishes.”
Ashley, probably pleasantly surprised, liked the plan too. She went to get ready. And while she did, I got my headphones out, turned on the text-to-speech and cleared the table and did the dishes. While my Kindle read G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy to me.
Saturday Ashley and her sister were deciding whether they wanted to walk to the used book store. We weren’t sure if they were opened on Saturdays, so we were debated whether it’d be worth it to walk. A light-bulb appeared above my head: “I’ll drive by the place and see if it’s open.”
And for the 8 minutes I was in the car, my Kindle read Warren Weirsbe’s book on the Lord’s Prayer, On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Mundane tasks are a lot more enjoyable to me when I can read at the same time! I guess it’s not the best motivation to be a servant, but it’s a start, right?
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So there’s the honest truth. That’s why I love my Kindle.