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Friday, November 4, 2011

The New Kindle "Library"

I love to read and I love my e-reader/tablet.
  •  It has a browser and email, a few games, weather and a notepad feature.
  • It is small enough to handle and the 7" screen transports easily. 
  • The text can be enlarged with a couple of touches of the screen. 
  • It is extremely beneficial at night as I don't disturb my husband quite as much with my late night reading. 
  • The screen can be converted to a black background and white text which is easier on the eyes at night. 
  • The range of e-books is extensive to purchase through a wide range of online sources.  
  • I can also to 'borrow' e-books from my local library. 
  • I can download, for free, thousands of public domain books available online.
Matter of fact, I recently downloaded a free collection of G.A. Henty books that I look forward to reading in the future. My collection of books is growing extensively and it doesn't fill up shelf space in my living room.

My tablet is an older model, Velocity Cruz, which I purchased via eBay. It is fully functional, but a little clunky, a little quirky and a little slow. The biggest problem is that the Android operating system isn't upgradeable on this tablet. That means that as technology improves, my tablet doesn't.  That is not cool.  For example, Christianbooks.com has a new e-reader application (app) that I would love to have since I have purchased books from them in the past and they offer a few freebie e-books but my tablet can't install the program. *sigh* As a result, I have been considering an upgrade.

It was just announced that Amazon is rolling out a lending library of not just the public domain books but actually about 5000 books including over 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers. When I browsed some of the titles, I saw the book, "Secretariat". I would rather borrow it than buy it since I saw the movie. The caveat to the lending library is that you must own a Kindle, (not a Kindle app) AND you must have a prime membership. Personally, I love my prime membership because I do a lot of business with Amazon so I save on shipping but also we utilize the free streaming movies through Amazon on our Roku. Obviously your mileage may vary.

Will I pre-order the Kindle Fire that comes out on November 15th?  I'm still contemplating it... but with WiFi, color, a fast processor AND another source for books?  The lure is quite appealing.

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