Wednesday, April 13, 2011

K is for Kindle

Amazon's Kindle is a great gift idea for a number of people - commuters, people who like to travel regularly for holidays, moms, the list keeps going on.   I remember driving my daughter to school and telling her that by the time she has children all they'll take to school would be their lunch and their kindles.......of course now there are ipads so they'll probably more likely to take something like those, but I digress.

 When I was commuting into the city every day I would sit on the train for an hour in the morning and an hour at night, now I read quite quickly and I also used to read during my lunch hour a lot of the time as I was temping so often lunched alone.   What does this have to do with the kindle?   Well I used to have to take two books in my bag with me in case I finished one on the trip into the city or on my lunch hour and it would get quite heavy in my bag - the kindle is a great solution.

Lightweight the kindle's screen was the only thing I was worried about, but it's really great to read and the great thing is another book is only a touch away.   Here's some technical bits -

Lighter & Thinner - Only 8.7 Ounces
When reading for long periods of time, we know that weight matters. That’s why we worked hard to make our newest Kindle lighter than ever – only 8.7 ounces – so you can read comfortably for hours with just one hand. Kindle is lighter than a typical paperback, and thinner than a magazine. Just a third of an inch in profile, Kindle fits perfectly in your hands. 

Ergonomic Design
Kindle is easy to hold and read. We designed it with long-form reading in mind. When reading for long periods of time, people naturally shift positions and often like to read with one hand. Kindle's page-turning buttons are located on both sides, allowing you to read and turn pages from any position. The new soft-touch, textured back is comfortable to hold and never gets hot in your hands. 

Never Gets Hot
Unlike a laptop or tablet, Kindle never gets hot so you can read comfortably as long as you like. 

Simple to Use, No Computer Required
Unlike most electronic devices, we wanted to keep Kindle simple. Kindle is wireless and ready to use right out of the box – no setup, no software to install, no computer required. 

Back to me -

The Kindle sounds great doesn't it?   

My parents travelled around Europe a couple of years ago on a motorbike - it was a long time dream of theirs so we were happy that they did it, but unfortunately they couldn't fit many books in their luggage as it had to fit on the bike.   I wanted to buy mum a kindle as I thought it would suit their purposes really well, unfortunately we couldn't afford it at the time, but if you're thinking of biking or backpacking anywhere a Kindle is a great idea.

As a mom when your child is a baby you're carrying around a bag everytime you go out - spare nappies, change of clothes (just in case),'s a constant list and it get's heavy.   Sometimes when you take them out they sleep really well and I would pop a book in my bag so that if we were waiting for an appointment - doctors, health nurse etc and she fell asleep I could snatch a few minutes to read a book.   Unfortunately it was another thing to weight the bag down with - a Kindle on the other hand....

As you can tell I'm a big fan, but there are far more good points about the Kindle so click on the picture above for further technical details and other people's reviews.   Before you know it you'll be hooked on the kindle too!

1 comment:

  1. Kindle sounds like one of those things you get, that once you have it, you can't figure out how you ever lived without it. Great way to carry lots of books with you.