The Kindle - is it for you?

By
Real Estate Sales Representative with Keller Williams Realty

I recently got a Kindle as a gift, and as someone who never goes anywhere without ereadera book, I absolutely love it!  For those who aren't too familiar with them they are 1/3 of an inch and weigh 10 ounces.   They can hold up to 1500 books at any one time and receive them wirelessly in approximately 60 seconds.  You have the option of turning the wireless off and on so it doesn't drain your battery.   By keeping the wireless off you can read up to a week on one battery charge.  How amazing is that?  Perfect for someone who likes to go camping or boating or somewhere where you might not have access to electricity on a day to day basis.  

booksOne of the best features is you can sample a book before you buy it.  If you see a book you think you might want you can get a few chapters for FREE, yes for FREE and after you read them if you decide the book is not for you there is no obligation to purchase the book.  If you do like it you just make the purchase.  The average book cost or should I say the average maximum cost is $9.99.  There are a few here and there that are $14.99 but most are $9.99 and many that are much lower and ALL OF THE CLASSICS ARE FREE. There is even a list updated daily that has many free books on it.  

You may also receive magazines, newspapers and blogs via your kindle.  I have actually learned quite a bit since getting my Kindle but I am barely scratching the surface so far.  As I find more and more out I will try and update with a blog post.  

What I like most is the Kindle is smaller and lighter than your average paperback.  When I used to head off to a Dr. appointment I would grab my current paperback and read while I waited.  Now I grab my Kindle and when I sit to wait and read-I have the choice of many different books to read rather than just the paperback that I brought, like before.  There are so many reasons to invest in a Kindle and so many reasons you will love it.

Here are two sites to find free books:

  1. Kindle Best Seller List-Updated Hourly - This list contains many free books as well
  2. Free Kindle Books


When looking at a book list sort the list (on the right side on Amazon) from low to high and that will show you the books that are free.

If you are an avid reader or even a part time reader this might be the new gadget for you!

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Debra Walsh, GRI, CNE, CHMS, REM | Office (845) 928-8000 | email me
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Sallie-That is funny about all the books.   I am in a book swapping group and there are always large amounts of books here going back and forth between all of my friends.

January 24, 2010 12:43 PM
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Gene Allen
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My wife wants one.  Maybe the birthday coming up will work for her.

January 25, 2010 07:25 PM
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Gene-I got mine for my birthday and I am thrilled with it!  There are so many things to do with it.

January 25, 2010 07:38 PM
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Debra, I came across one more website with downloadable public domain books - http://www.feedbooks.com/publicdomain.  How many books have you read on your Kindle so far?

January 28, 2010 01:43 PM
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Rick-Thank you!  Only about 5 so far because I am so crazy busy but I am downloading them like crazy for future use.  You can store over 1000 so I don't worry that I am going to fill up anytime soon.  Plus when I am done I delete them and they go over to my Amazon account for future reference if I need them again.  (or to my computer)

 

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