Confession time. John and I are Kindle addicts. We converted from print to e-books less than a year ago, and now there's NO turning back.
I'll be frank. It will take some serious arm twisting to make me to pick up a paper book. It doesn't even matter if I've written it!
I'd much rather use my Kindle. It weighs less than a paperback--which is a bonus while reading in bed. Depending on the amount of light and how my eyes feel at the end of the day I can vary the print size. If I'm feeling particularly lazy I can activate the "Text to Speech" feature and let my Kindle read the book to me.
Another bonus is how user-friendly it is. Amazon is the world's largest online bookstore. It's open 24/7. Books are downloaded to my Kindle in seconds. Seconds. Not minutes. Not days. Not, "Sorry, we don't have that book in stock." Plus, the majority of e-books cost less than print books.
Another bonus is Kindle's portability.
While traveling from Cuba a few years ago we were detained because our suitcases were filled with paperback books. John and I are voracious readers - especially when we hit the beach. On a good day we'll each read one book. That means hauling a good number of books along with us in our suitcase. The Cuban authorities suspected we'd hidden something illegal inside them, and were gung-ho to find whatever it was we were transporting. One look in our suitcase, however, and the head honcho arched a brow. "Just books?" he asked.
Yup. Just books.
Returning to Cuba this past April was a totally different scenario. Not only was our luggage considerably lighter (as in under weight), our e-readers fit inside my purse. I have 1000+ books on my Kindle and John has close to 200. Try lugging that many print books through airport security.
Want to hear the best part? We downloaded a good many of those books for free. And yes, it was perfectly legal.
There are dozens of sites that provide this information to readers, and yes, they do it for free, too. Sign up for updates and you'll automatically receive a daily email. Browse the selection, and if a book strikes your fancy, click on it and you'll be transported to Amazon. Easy peasy. Oh, and did I mention it's free?
Below are 10 sites to get you started.
Btw, next post we'll be back on the road exploring the Great White North. Thanks to our daughter for the photo above. It was taken a couple of weeks ago in Maine.
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