Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Kindle, Kindle, Kindle.....I've been hearing, seeing, and thinking about getting one for ages....seriously at least 2 years it's been on my wish list.

So...what's stopped me? Technology......though I can't imagine life w/o a computer or heaven forbid, teaching w/o my live video projection system.....generally technology totally intimidates me.

It's more common than not when tackling a new electronic gadget.....I proclaim....it's broken. Naturally it's operator error and in the long run, I'm happy for my decision.

So...I've had a Kindle on order for about 2 months.....once I finally ordered, they were out of stock. Then I learned a new Kindle model was coming out......for the same price. So, I cancelled the original order and then waited some more. Additionally, there were new Kindle covers to choose from....don't ya just love this red one?

Having a cover is supposed to help make it feel more like a book.....I'm a pretty avid reader so one of my many concerns was would I miss holding/touching/the feel of a book? The cover is flannel lined and will protect the screen from getting scratched.

The new covers come with a built in light. (Which is stored and can be pulled out of the top corner of the cover.) The spot of light you see in the photo came from my overhead light...I couldn't get a good shot of the Kindle with the cover light on. I have to say, I do like this option because the Kindle is not back lit......meaning one couldn't read in the dark....like say on airplanes at night when your seat's overhead bulb isn't working?

I bought this mainly for travel....thinking it'd be easier to transport in the VERY limited space left in my computer bag with all my other equipment. It certainly is less bulky than a hardcover, though surprisingly heavier than I expected.....as heavy if not more than a paperback.

Our local library services such a huge area and is so overused that obtaining current books is nearly impossible....another reason to try this new technology. Of course, where we live....there's no 3-G network to download from......but the Kindle found 'Edge' a slower one to download my first book, 'The Help', in less than 2 minutes.

I'm heading to teaching for Quilt Expo put on by Wisconsin Public TV and Nancy Zieman (of Sewing With Nancy) in Madison, WI next week. Believe it or not, I have 3 flights outbound and 2 returning, and of course with layover time, I should be able to give the Kindle a good trial run....I'll report back.


Windy Hills Happenings said...

Congrats on your new Kindle...know you've been talking about it for a while...love the built in light. You will love "The Help"...one book I hated to see end...

Jane Moxey said...

I love my Kindle. I think it has it's own wireless network -- Whisper or something! Took a while to get used to pressing a button to turn the pages, but I'm loving the price of books and the quickness of delivery! I haven't delved into all the other things it claims to be able to do, like downloading documents from your computer on to it and I didn't find any magazines or newspapers that I just had to have subscriptions to. They say Kindle better for your eyes than the new iPad dealie which has too much of the same light as a computer screen coming into your eyes!!! Cool feature of the little light on your new friend!

Wendy said...

But SO happy for you Mary!

Robbie said...

Thanks for your 2 cents on the kindle! I've been looking at this one and B&N's but still 'shy' about purchasing..by the time i decide to buy one they should only cost $50 (in 5 years, by then i'll decide!). Read 'Cee Cee Honeycutt'...great read too! Loved The Help..

Sandra said...

Kindles are amazing and love how I can have so many books at my fingertips.
First time visitor because I did a search for Nuno Felting and found your post.
Do you have a website for Nancy Bruce? I'm doing a search and can't find her; would love to take a class in Nuno Felting, perhaps use up some of my wool on the hoof -smile.