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message 1: by Mom2olivia (new)

Mom2olivia Lamar | 28 comments So since getting my Kindle I've read 3 1/2 books. Fairly good length ones too. I've had it for 10 days now too..and I actually didn't start reading on it until a day and a half after I got it (because I was finishing up a book from the library).

I'm sooo glad I got the kindle. I love reading and it sooo easy to just grab my kindle and pick up right where I left off. Waiting in line at the store, at restaurants waiting for my food, during my lunch breaks, when we are slow at work...Like today the surgeon was over an hour late getting in so I brought my kindle in the room and finished the last book of the hunger games waiting for him to get there so we could start the case.

Do you all find yourself's reading more on the Kindle?


message 2: by Traci (new)

Traci (highxflyer) | 33 comments I've always been an avid reader but since getting my Kindle in Jan. I've read more books this year than I've read in several years. It's just so convenient and easy and I prefer getting books that way. I mean sometimes I'll take a trip to the store to look at books but I really like buying them and getting them automatically. It's wonderful.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Since I've had my Kindle (end of January) I've read quite a few books on it, and only one paperback. I'm not sure if that will change any time soon, as I have quite a few ebooks that I still need to read. All my breaks at work and after I put my kids to bed, I'm reading it. It's a fantastic device.


message 4: by Karin (new)

Karin (karinvdb) | 11 comments YES!

I was a really avid reader when I was young, but over the past decade or so it was less and less. Has a few reading spurts but on a day to day basis I hardly read anymore and I missed it. There were a few reasons, among which is that even though I'm Dutch read prefer to read in English, which meant it was harder to find new books, and I find it difficult to start something new, all of which is made so much easier with the kindle!


message 5: by Sonya (new)

Sonya marie madden | 266 comments i like that you can change the font and get free samples and lend books.


message 6: by Karen B. (new)

Karen B. (raggedy11) I think so. Truthfully, I started reading more when I joined Goodreads groups. I guess I would have to say yes, I read more because I was having a problem reading in the evenings, especially if the books were not Large Print. I don't have to worry about that with the Kindle. I also have a problem with my left shoulder and had problems propping my arm to hold a book. I still like my paper books. I have become more choosey in my e-books. At first I was grabbing everything that was free that could even be of a little interest. Then I realized that some of it was trash (and I don't mean pornographic type trash... I mean misuse of grammar, misspellings and typos. Now I just delete those books easily. One of the things I have done though that I really love about the Kindle is download the sample. These are great for when I only have a little while or if I've finished a novel and am not quite ready to fall asleep. It's the best present I ever bought myself!


message 7: by Betsy (last edited Jun 28, 2011 03:27PM) (new)

Betsy Yes, absolutely. Between aging eyes and arthritic hands, reading had become much less pleasurable before Kindle. Now, I have my favorite pastime back.

ETA: Goodreads has also made a huge difference, because it's expanded my reading list many-fold.


message 8: by Mom2olivia (new)

Mom2olivia Lamar | 28 comments Yeah I love Goodreads. However I was doing a challenge and just lost it. I was doing good for like three months then started reading less and less and ended up not reading anything for the rest of the year. I thought the idea of an e-reader was weird but now I TOTALLY get it. lol


message 9: by Karen B. (new)

Karen B. (raggedy11) I can see you now... you'll end up makng your Kindle your day planner, your notebook, etc.

At first, I kind of wanted the screen the size of the DX but now I have gotten so comfortable with the screen I have, I wouldn't want a bigger one. And I loved how it fit so easily into my purse today. It desn't weigh as much as my wallet (not that there is any foldng money in it, just those cards you have for the supermarkets, that kind of stuff) and the Kindle is more slender than my wallet. When you share your excitement, I get excited too. I hope I never lose this feeling of being a kid with a new toy feeling.


message 10: by Mom2olivia (new)

Mom2olivia Lamar | 28 comments Karen B wrote: "I can see you now... you'll end up makng your Kindle your day planner, your notebook, etc.

At first, I kind of wanted the screen the size of the DX but now I have gotten so comfortable with the..."


LOL yeah I was at the library earlier today getting my daughter some books and I asked about ebooks and the volunteer and I got in a converstaion about them. She said she just got a nook and loves it. So I whip out my kindle and tell her about it as well. LOL. This is one of the best purchases I've made :)


message 11: by Karen B. (new)

Karen B. (raggedy11) I don't think I've seen anyone say they wish they had gotten a Nook instead. Did you get the one with Special Offers? I've done well with the special orders so far.


message 12: by Mirela (new)

Mirela (anenomeluv) I have to be honest and say that because of Goodreads I bought a Kindle. My list started growing and growing and I knew that there was no way I would ever be able to afford ALL those books. So I bought a Kindle and I will never go back! I have gotten a little obsessive lately though.................. :D


message 13: by Mom2olivia (new)

Mom2olivia Lamar | 28 comments Yeah Karen I got the special offers one but if I see one I like how do I take advantage of it? Like one of the screensaver ones?
The only reason I would want a Nook Mirela is for kids books for my daughter. I'll probably just get her a v-reader (she is almost 3)


message 14: by Mirela (new)

Mirela (anenomeluv) Mom2olivia wrote: "Yeah Karen I got the special offers one but if I see one I like how do I take advantage of it? Like one of the screensaver ones?
The only reason I would want a Nook Mirela is for kids books for my..."


Umm was that meant for me? I have no idea what you are talking about! :(

For the offers, go to your homescreen and click the menu button then go down to View Special Offers and make sure your Wi-Fi is on.


message 15: by Carrie (new)

Carrie (csk1378) | 1 comments @Mom2olivia- from your home screen, select "View Special Offers." Choose the offer you are interested in and click on "Email Me More Details." An email will be sent to the email address that you have on your amazon account; it will contain for information on the Offer and a promotional code to use at check out. Hope this helps.


message 16: by Karen B. (new)

Karen B. (raggedy11) Mom2Olivia,
Keep your eyes open for them. I thought the one for spend $10 at Amazon and get a $10 gift card was great.

There's another one that is similar but I think you have to respond by tomorrow. You select $10 worth of certain e-books, and get a $10 gift card.


message 17: by Mom2olivia (new)

Mom2olivia Lamar | 28 comments Hey thanks! I'll go look at that now.
LOL sorry Mirela I guess I thought i read you said that but Karen said both things I was referring to.


message 18: by Mirela (new)

Mirela (anenomeluv) @ Mom2olivia
No problem! Just confused me a little bit! LOL

Happy reading!


message 19: by Helen (new)

Helen I read more too, I used to read the free commuters paper on the bus but now its Kindle all the way!


message 20: by Everly (new)

Everly Anders | 71 comments I definitely read more on the kindle. I am a slow reader and when I open a book, I just feel defeated before I even start! With the kindle I ended up reading Stephanie Myeres, The HOst, which was a 600 page book that I would never have attempted except that I didn't know!

The other thing I love is that since I am a kindle author The Seamstresses by Elle Lapraim I can have my own book on the kindle right next to my others. I love that!

Elle
ellelapraim.com


message 21: by Gianna (new)

Gianna | 13 comments Elle wrote: "I definitely read more on the kindle. I am a slow reader and when I open a book, I just feel defeated before I even start! With the kindle I ended up reading Stephanie Myeres, The HOst, which was a..."

That must be a wonderful feeling!!


message 22: by Beth (new)

Beth (decorous) | 3 comments I got my Kindle for my birthday and I am nearly finished with my second book in a week! I am reading so much more because it is so much more convenient.


message 23: by Karen B. (new)

Karen B. (raggedy11) Has anyone used the text to speech feature yet? I started to one evening when I was really tired but I was ready to fall asleep so I don't remember too much. I guess that's an advantage too if you are really into the book and have to do something and don't want to stop reading.

I am learning how to use the locations and search buttons. Since someone here mentioned how to set the top to sort by collections, it's now a lot easier to find the books and not have them all just
"in your face" as someone on here said.


message 24: by Clare K. R. (new)

Clare K. R. (clare-dragonfly) I've used the text-to-speech a few times. It's fun but it doesn't always make sense. It has trouble with tables and sometimes with numbers (especially years). When I was trying to listen to Persuasion I found that it pronounced the name "Anne" exactly the same as "an" or "and," which was really confusing in places, since the main character's name is Anne! Still, it's pretty cool to use if your hands are busy or something.


message 25: by Jillian Peery (new)

Jillian Peery | 3 comments Since I purchased my kindle, I find myself reading a lot more indie authors. I'm addicted to finding good reads under $1.99...it has become a game! ha!


message 26: by Karin (new)

Karin (karinvdb) | 11 comments Karen B: I've used the t2s function a few times when I needed to do something for a few minutes but didn't want to stop the story. It's better than I would have expected, I have some experience with text 2 speach on other devices (satnav on my phone for example) and the Kindle's is really rather good, though some things don't flow properly, at a comma it pauses quite a long time while often sentences run into each other too quickly, but overall I like it for those moments when I need to take my eyes of the screen but want to continue. Not more than a few pages at a time though.


message 27: by Marion (new)

Marion Husband Mom2olivia wrote: "So since getting my Kindle I've read 3 1/2 books. Fairly good length ones too. I've had it for 10 days now too..and I actually didn't start reading on it until a day and a half after I got it (be..."
I read far more on the Kindle - books I never would have been able to get hold on in the library or in bookshops - also when I read a review in the pare I can download a samlpe of that book immediately and only buy if I like it - I can only see myself become far more well read as one book leads to another - kindle makes it very easy to find books you're interested in just by typing in a single word (such as 'oil' as I'm interested in peak oil)


message 28: by Seb (new)

Seb (sebalex) Hi everybody,

I just get my Kindle in the post this morning. I'm so excited to discover it; going to unbox it just after lunch.
I hope I'll enjoy it as much as you all seem to.


message 29: by Karen B. (new)

Karen B. (raggedy11) oh please let us know how you like it. Did you get white or graphite? A skin? cover? a light? (Nosey Karen wants to know!)


message 30: by Seb (new)

Seb (sebalex) I only have it since yesterday but I already love it. I got it graphite and I found it so good-looking and handy. I also bought myself a M-Edge Latitude Kindle jacket in black to take any risk to get it scratched or something.

Here it is so far; I'll get back for more comment.


message 31: by Kim (new)

Kim (kimmr) I've always read a lot and joining GR has made me read more widely. However, I think that listening to audiobooks has made more of a difference to my reading than getting a Kindle. I listen to audiobooks when I'm commuting and cooking and doing housework and brushing my teeth! As a result, my reading time has tripled. Instead of reading one book at a time, I'm now listening to one and reading one or two others at the same time. However, I do love my Kindle. It's so easy to use and I love the instant gratification of wanting a book and having it within minutes.


message 32: by Sonya (new)

Sonya marie madden | 266 comments I have a black sleeve with a limegreen zipper but I'm using the kindle a lot.


message 33: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Scott (michellescottfiction) I've become a much more experimental reader. I used to only read the NYT best sellers, but because I'm kind of a cheapskate (lol) I've been looking for cheap reads (mostly by indie authors). I've found some good ones, too! So far, my favorite indies are:

Satan Loves You by Grady Hendrix Sage Tales from a Magical Kingdom by Maria E. Schneider


message 34: by Lilian (new)

Lilian Darcy (liliandarcy) | 3 comments @Karen B, I tried listening to my own book with the text to speech, and it was too weird, I had to stop - words that I'd written myself coming out in this male computer American voice, when the book is in first person, female Australian character. Felt as if my Susie had suddenly morphed into Stephen Hawking. Haven't fully explored the function yet. Does anyone know if there's a way to choose male or female voice? Cafe du Jour by Lilian Darcy


message 35: by Clare K. R. (new)

Clare K. R. (clare-dragonfly) Lillian, yes, you can choose. When the text-to-speech is on press the font button again, and you can switch to male or female. I usually do male for a male main character or author and female for a female main character or author.


message 36: by Seb (new)

Seb (sebalex) Kim wrote: "I've always read a lot and joining GR has made me read more widely. However, I think that listening to audiobooks has made more of a difference to my reading than getting a Kindle. I listen to audi..."

Hi Kim,

May I ask you a question about audiobooks. I bought one many years ago, it was a Sherlock Homes one, but I was disappointed because I could not listen to the story and follow it through the book I bought as well.
So does it exist audiobook sold along with the book.
As an English student it will help me much to improve my English.
And does all audiobooks are unabridged?

Thank you,


message 37: by Helen (new)

Helen If you want one that is the same as the book, you need to buy an unabridged version.


message 38: by Linda (new)

Linda | 3 comments I have had my Kindle for about two years now and love it!!! I wish these were around when I was growing up.
I bought one for my daughter for furlough Fridays (no money for the schools so the kids were only going 3 1/2 days a week here in Hawaii, also only 3 hours of school on Wednesdays - but doesn't really count because the classes were fun classes ex.hula & Hawaiian studies). The Kindle has got her reading twice as much as she did before. The Kindle is amazing. Surprised they aren't using them in schools.

My question: From what I see on GR there is a site called Project Gutenberg where you can download some of the books that are on the 1001 books lists to the Kindle. How do I download these to my Kindle?
Thanks for the help!!


message 39: by Karen B. (new)

Karen B. (raggedy11) You don't even have to go to project gutenberg although you can. They are on Amazon. Go to Kindle books and then type in search free books. I believe you are given a choice of classic books or more contemporary.


message 40: by Karen B. (last edited Jul 07, 2011 02:09PM) (new)

Karen B. (raggedy11) correction ... go to Kindle store. Type in the search public domain books for Kindle. Then you might want to choose what order you want them listed in. Personally, I would have them sorted by average customer review because then the top of the list will be some of the things that people think are classics.


message 41: by Linda (new)

Linda | 3 comments Karen B wrote: "correction ... go to Kindle store. Type in the search public domain books for Kindle. Then you might want to choose what order you want them listed in. Personally, I would have them sorted by ave..."

Karen B wrote: "correction ... go to Kindle store. Type in the search public domain books for Kindle. Then you might want to choose what order you want them listed in. Personally, I would have them sorted by ave..."

Thank you. I will see if I can locate them on Amazon in the public domain books.


message 42: by Elle (new)

Elle (louiselesley) I'm not sure if I'm reading more but I'm definitely read a bigger selection. Before, I would only focus on books in a series or ones I knew I would love but since getting a Kindle I've been exploring the kindle book store and finding books I would of never read before.

It is also easy to read books on the go and I find myself taking my time with books where as before it was literally spending 4 hours in a chair reading it.


message 43: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Burroughs (pooks) In the 18 months I've had my Kindle I've read so many more books than was reading before. I think there are a couple of reasons. One, I really do love the ability to change font-size. I didn't realize that it made that much of a difference until I notice that the size I most often read is significantly larger than the font any many paperback books.

Also, and I think this may be equally important or even more important, I download so many free samples. I rarely buy a book, even a book I have been waiting for, until I read the sample. This stops me from wasting money while indulging my need to "impulse shop," but it also means if I want to read, I can skim through any number of samples until I find what I'm in the mood to read at that very moment. Once I get involved in the book, I purchase it and keep going.


message 44: by Laura (new)

Laura P I've found that I am reading so much more since I bought my kindle. The convenience is the key for me. No more trips to the library or bookstore. And there are so many free and low cost books out there readily available. I have discovered a lot of new authors that I really like. It's so quick and easy to read a review or description and instantly download the book! And if I see a book somewhere or receive a recommendation from a friend, I can just pickup my kindle and instantly look at it in the amazon store.
Another plus has been sites like goodreads where I find recommendations and reviews in the forums.
I suppose the down side to all the convenience is that impulse buying is also more of a temptation; but I try to limit myself to how much I spend on book purchases.


message 45: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Burroughs (pooks) Laura wrote: "I suppose the down side to all the convenience is that impulse buying is also more of a temptation; but I try to limit myself to how much I spend on book purchases. "

I've had the opposite happen. I couldn't walk into a book store of any type w/o walking out with books--many that I never got around to reading. That kind of "need" is now satisfied with free samples, and thus I don't spend any money to satisfy my impulse to buy a book, or to satisfy my curiosity when a book looks like it might be good. Now I only buy a book once I have read the sample and want to keep going that very minute.

On the other hand, I do have to keep an eye on my debit card balance!


message 46: by Helen (new)

Helen I really should take advantage of samples. I've only ever got 2 and I've still to read them. So far, I've enjoyed the books I've read though.


message 47: by Joe (new)

Joe Stamber | 15 comments Helen wrote: "I really should take advantage of samples. I've only ever got 2 and I've still to read them. So far, I've enjoyed the books I've read though."

I never get the samples either... even though when I buy a paperback I check out the first few pages. Should do the same with the Kindle I suppose, but I just read the reviews and take a chance... not been disappointed yet!


message 48: by stormhawk (new)

stormhawk | 542 comments I have a ton of samples, but rarely read them. I tend to find something that grabs me right away and I just get the whole book and dispense with the sample.


message 49: by Geoff (new)

Geoff (wwwgoodreadscomchiltsy) | 4 comments I do use the samples. They're really handy for getting the feel of a book and then deciding whether I want to read the whole thing. The only annoying thing about them is when the sample consists of most of the introduction to a book and only a few pages of the actual novel.


message 50: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Burroughs (pooks) I had too many stacks and piles of real books that I'd bought on impulse and never read. With my Kindle, I eliminated that by getting lots of samples, instead.

If you don't have that prob, it wouldn't be as big a deal. But this has saved me a lot of money because I just don't buy books anymore unless I have already read enough to know that I like it and intend to keep reading.


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