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post #1 of 11 Old 12-26-2013, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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Amazon Kindle

I got a Kindle for Christmas. At this point I'm not sure i'm keeping it.
Although my library has thousands of free online books, and tons of magazines (6 back issues of Equus, Practical horseman etc) I'm not sure it is something I really need a Kindle for. I can view all that on my computer.

What other benefits are there to a Kindle? I don't buy books, if I need something I get it from the library. If my library doesn't have it, I put in a request and they get it from a different library. No late fees.

I'm not even sure how it works?

How well does it access internet while you are out and about? And how long does it take to download books? I looked at it, and I have no idea what most of the functions do!

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-26-2013, 10:38 AM
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In Canada the Sony ereader works with our library system for the low annual membership. Unless Kindle has changed, as with all the others, readers had to purchase their reading material. I've enjoyed mine as I'm 30mi from the library. My Sony is strictly an ereader. If I had a laptop to connect it to, I could download a book from anywhere. It downloads into the computer then the ereader. I haven't looked into newer models.
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-26-2013, 10:55 AM
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Most libraries allow free downloads of their books for e-readers. They are just like borrowing books,but tog can download them and they even have "checkout" time frames and reservation systems just like paper books. I'd your aren't sitting where you can read a book often, they're great. I have a basic e-reader and I love it. I check our books from my library very often because I'm a fast reader. To tell you the truth, most library systems are going towards digital formats anyway. It's a slow process like with anything else, but I can tell you for a fact that it is happening. If you are in a wi-fi zone, there are no issues with connecting to the Internet and using it just like a tablet. They're solid pieces of electronics and have plenty of benefits. Just take the time to learn it. Look up information about it on your computer, or even on your Kindle.
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-26-2013, 11:34 AM
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I absolutely adore my Kindle. I got one as a high school graduation present just short of four years ago. I am a huge reader, and it is so convenient to have it all in one little package.
The battery life is awesome, it generates its own internet (called Whispernet), the screen reads just like a page... The only thing missing is that beloved "old book smell" xD

Saddlebag--You can actually download nearly all of the classics for free. Plus, all books come at a huge discount.. for obvious reasons. xD

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-26-2013, 12:33 PM
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There are a lot of digital publishing companies who have a lot of free books and a lot of them are good books. Smashwords is a very good one to check out.
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-26-2013, 12:50 PM
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I didn't think I would like it, but once I got my Kindle I loved it. It goes everywhere with me and I have hundreds of books on mine. I joined Pixels of Ink on Facebook and they posted several free books every day - some I'm interested in, others not, but its easy to pick and choose. I now have almost 200 books on my kindle left to read - not counting the ones I've already read and archived.

I have a tablet and use that for accessing the internet and such. I use my kindle of exclusively reading purposes. Its easier on my eyes for reading for extended periods than the tablet, and its lighter weight.

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post #7 of 11 Old 12-26-2013, 01:18 PM
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I love our for camping, backpacking, if we have to wait anywhere.

It really is handy
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-26-2013, 02:28 PM
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If u like to read keep it I luv mine
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-26-2013, 02:39 PM
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I bought them for my girls. We live 35mins from town so actually "visiting" the library is very inconvenient. This way we can borrow all the books we want without leaving the house. Plus no late fees, hunting down a missing book and it's way easier to bring 2 kindles on a trip instead of 20+ books.
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-26-2013, 03:45 PM
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i bought one for my wife 2 yrs ago. she was not a big reader, she may have got obsessed with a book a couple times a yr. now she is obsessed quite a bit more often. she carries it most everywhere.

it can do so much more than just read. but she doesnt use it to its fullest capabillity. plus its dated by todays standards.

bottom line. IMO you will be screwing up getting rid of it. you will use it much more than you think you will.
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