It’s true, my much-awaited birthday gift has made it’s way down the Baja and into my loving hands.
My sweet friend G. picked it up for me in San Diego and it was sitting on my desk waiting for me last Monday. (Thank you, again!)
I wanted to use it for about a week so that I can give you my insider’s opinion. (Yep, seven days and I’m.a.pro.)
First, meet Kimber the Kindle. (I name everything. My car’s name is Lola.) She’s the 3G with Wi-fi version. (See here.)
Let me preface this whole review by saying: I LOVE LIBRARIES. I still have my Toledo Lucas County Public Library card number memorized that I’ve had since 1921… (You know, just in case I forgot my card.) I am a huge believer in borrowing books, then returning them, then borrowing more. As a child I spent far more time in the Point Place library than necessary. There is something about INK and printing and PAPER that I love. It makes me feel settled. And there’s something about all of THOSE BOOKS that fills my soul with possibility. (Yep. I LOVE LIBRARIES. And I also think that librarians get a very unfortunate reputation. Nearly all that I’ve known have been lovely, informative and helpful.)
My happy place is when I’m tucked cozy in bed with a great book. I love opening the book and making it my own. Creasing it just so, scanning down the copyright page (yep, I do that), reading the acknowledgments, the introduction, the chapter list, the dedication… then beginning the journey. And the entire time I relish the book smell.
Here’s why I wanted a kindle.
Unfortunately I live in a part of North America that doesn’t have a new English-language book store for kilometers. Or a library. My reading has been dependent on what I bring down from the U.S. of A. or what I can borrow from friends and family. The idea that I could quick-flash-bam! order a book online and it would show up within seconds on Kimber was far too appealing for me.
I was wary.
But my cousin R. convinced me.
Q. Do I like the kindle?
YES. Here’s why.
- It’s so light. It’s not cumbersome at all.
- The screen, amazingly, doesn’t hurt my eyes like my blackberry/laptop does after extended periods of time. In fact, it sort of quizzically doesn’t even look like it’s on WHEN it’s on.
- I like that when lying down in bed, I can prop it up against a pillow and the pages don’t keep fluttering and closing. Nope, I just press the “next page” button and wah-la. I’m comfortable. It’s all good.
- I love the light that’s within the cover. (See photo below.) It’s just enough light. And, it lights the entire screen. (It’s powered by the kindle’s battery so there are no weird cumbersome watch-like batteries involved.)
- I bought the 3G wi-fi one and I’m not kidding you, I buy a book online (ON Kimber) and within 10 seconds it’s on my kindle.
- I turn the wi-fi off when I’m just reading and my battery is at the half-way point and I’ve been reading Kimber since last Monday night.
- I just got finished reading, Tim Gunn’s Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making it Work and I really liked the dictionary feature. (Tim’s vocab is semi-daunting and muy impressive, no?) Didn’t know what that word meant? BAM! Looked it up.
- I can still underline! I love that.
- The kindle works *perfectly* in the sun. I sat outside in the middle of the day to test it and it worked perfectly. I could see the text just fine. My only issue? My hands got sweaty. (Ew. But come on, it’s 95 degrees still.)
Q. Would I make any changes to the Kindle?
Thus far, no. It’s not as intuitive as an iPhone, but that’s kind of what I like. There is an experimental web browser included that you can use for free, but I have no desire to. I like that it serves one purpose for me: it’s for reading. (I’m not a big, “watch-a-movie-on-your-phone” kind of person.) I’m tired of multi-tasking. I just want to read.
At this point, you can flip the pages forward (or backward) from either side of the kindle. I’d like to be able to “lock” the side that I’m not apt to use so that I don’t accidentally move pages forward. (But is that really a big deal? Um. No.)
And, I’d like some sort of water-proof, food-proof cover for Kimber. I mean, really? Who doesn’t eat chocolate-chip cookies while reading?
Not having “page numbers” by which to gauge my progress wigged me out at first, but now I find that I really love the “percentage” that shows up on the bottom of the screen. I like to end on an even number. I can go to sleep when I’m 48% finished with this book. Or, when I’m 50%. NOT when I’m 51%.
Q. Would I recommend the kindle to others?
A. [I’m waiting for lightening to strike me as I type this.] YES. If you can’t get to a library regularly, I’d absolutely recommend the Kindle. It’s so convenient and right now my life is craving all things simple. I love that it’s just ONE item. Going on vacation and normally take 4 books? No more of that. TAKE your kindle.
All in all, I’d buy it again.
I sort of love it.