OT-Amazon Kindle

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by PatMcDuck, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. PatMcDuck

    PatMcDuck DIS Veteran

    May 12, 2000
    Anyone here have one? I bought mine recently and I LOVE it! Happy Birthday to me.

    I have the new Kindle DX electronic book reader. I can easily download books, set the print to the size I need. I can read it bed without my glasses, which really helps because I wear progressives. You can't wear those while reading in bed that easlily. And no more boxes of books to give away, store forever, etc.

    Oh, it was expensive, but it makes me happy! :love:
  2. badblackpug

    badblackpug <font color=blue>If you knew her you would be shoc

    Oct 18, 2005
    We bought my mother one for mothers day. She loves it. We bought the Kindle II, not the DX. She travels and we thought the smaller size would be more convenient. It would be a good idea for anyone with vision problems as you can adjust the print type on all books.
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  4. CyndiLooWho

    CyndiLooWho DIS Veteran

    Apr 20, 2009
    I want one! If I was still working, I'd have one, but right now I can't justify the expense. They just look too cool and I think it would be super for travel. Only packing one "book" would be just awesome.
  5. maggiew

    maggiew DIS Veteran

    Feb 19, 2003
    I have had my eye on those but couldn't justify the expense.

    Today I am leaving for Paris and I sure wish I had one for the long plane ride! I have 2 books in my backpack and they take up so much room!!!

  6. MickeyMickey

    MickeyMickey DIS Veteran

    Jan 29, 2005
    Have had my kindle II since February and love, love, love it:thumbsup2
  7. Aryn

    Aryn DIS Veteran

    Mar 13, 2001
    My iphone has a Kindle app. I love it! So far I have only downloaded the free books, but I can buy any of the Kindle books on my iphone. It works exactly the same. You can change the font, color of text etc..
  8. SuzanneSLO

    SuzanneSLO DIS Veteran

    Sep 10, 1999
    Getting the Kindle app on the iphone was the tipping point for me on getting an iphone. My Dh and I got the phone last week and I am still learning the basics but will probably download the app soon. Glad to hear your like it. -- Suzanne
  9. EthansMom

    EthansMom <font color=red>spare yourself from asking me to d

    Jul 13, 2003
    I have the Kindle2 and love it. That first credit card bill with the download charges (from reading so much) was :scared1:.
  10. m&m's mom

    m&m's mom <font color=deeppink>Waiting for the waterless cru

    Jun 6, 2000
    We are thinking of this for DD's 13th B-day. How sturdy are they? Do they have covers where you could put it in a backpack? Do they scratch easily?
    Our DD is rather visually impaired and the adjustable font and the supposed ease of reading was what interested us.
    DD goes through so many books the download ability was a big plus since she goes to the bookstore so much.
  11. HM

    HM My tag from the Tag Fairy is now too long to use.

    Mar 8, 2001
    I keep putting it off, but I think it's a good idea for me to get one. My library is closed for renovation for about another year and I'm spending way to much on books and have run out of bookshelf space. I'm thinking the Kindle II, rather than the DX for size.
  12. Ephany

    Ephany DIS Veteran

    Sep 14, 2005
    We're a two kindle family; DH kept swiping mine so I made him get his own. :thumbsup2 I love, love, love it. There are many different case and skin selections, it just depends on your price point and taste. I have an oberon, DH a m-edge and we share a trendy digital waterproof case for beach/poolside.

    www.kindleboards.com is all things kindle and has product reviews as well as links to currently free/cheap books and conversations with other readers and authors. I think my book expenses have gone way down since I bought my kindle, I've found so many good free or practically free books.

    We're in the process of moving and I downsized my book collection for the first time ever. 450 books are going to a new home, I just can't see the point of hauling them around anymore, those suckers are HEAVY. :banana: We just kept an inventory of all the books we own (and are donating) and if I really want to read them again, I'll buy them in kindle version. I kept my favorites, but it does feel nice to know that I won't have to carry those boxes next time we move.
  13. mommyarewegoingback

    mommyarewegoingback DIS Veteran

    Apr 20, 2005
    i use the iphone version, love it, but like the pp said, my book budget has definitely gone up. it is way too easy to buy a book and get instant gratification. :rolleyes1
  14. momtosam

    momtosam Oh, Schmootsie-poo!

    Jun 17, 2006
    I played around with one and it was very cool, but I just can't give up my paper books!
  15. rcraw45425

    rcraw45425 <font color=darkorchid>I'm a 43 year old mom with

    Aug 26, 2004
    They are not super sturdy, I highly advise getting the m-edge cover, although they start at around $30 for the fake leather ones. I love mine, and I have been budget minded with it in that our bank check card (Visa branded) offers points that give rewards. I have been getting $100 AMazon gift certificates that I use to offset my Kindle addiction.
  16. *Flower*

    *Flower* Needs to Win the Lottery!!

    Jan 3, 2000
    I ordered mine on 6/12, received it on 6/18, and I'm already in the midst of my first book (free).

    I picked up some accessories before I took the plunge, so it's well protected. I thought that it was a bit spendy, so I cashed in some of my MyPoints points and ended up with $150 in Amazon GCards.

    So mine was $359 minus $150 = $209 out of pocket.

    I have a list of interesting free books, and a few $.80 books. It will probably take a while to run out of those!

    I have a room full of books, and although not all of them are available for the Kindle, so far there are over 300,000 that are available.

    Good luck with your new tool (toy)!
  17. jacarver

    jacarver Earning My Ears

    Mar 7, 2008
    HM where at in NC are you? :confused3 I'm from near Mars Hill and our library is being remodeled also. I was thinking it might be interesting to know someone near by! I can't wait for the library to be reopened!
  18. Julia M

    Julia M DIS Veteran<br><font color =red>not clever, not wi

    Jun 10, 2000
    The iPhone and iTouch seem pretty small for reading a book. How functional is it really for reading books?

  19. Davidsmommy

    Davidsmommy DIS Veteran

    Sep 4, 2006
    I've got both the iphone and the kindle (1). The iphone is fine for reading for short periods of tome (waiting rooms, etc.). My eyes get tired way more quickly though, so when I am home or traveling, I use the kindle. It is a much nicer reading experience.

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