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Writing Tools: Embrace your Kindle

The Amazon Kindle electronic reader quickly becomes a writer’s best friend. No one is more surprised than me. I never thought anything would compare to the “book” experience but the Kindle does a great job of simulating the reader’s experience in size, weight, and, yes, even page-turning experience. Add the highlighting and note-taking features and, for me, it becomes a keeper.I never thought anything would compare to the “book” experience but I was wrong.

I’ve had my Kindle for a little over a year. When I travel now my suitcases are no longer loaded down with books–a big help now that weight has become such an issue. I don’t have to ship books ahead when I attend workshops. The number of texts available in books, magazines, and newspapers has skyrocketed. The ease and portability of the Kindle make it great to have on hand for those times when I’m stuck in line or sitting in a waiting room. I can switch from book to book if my mood changes because of the huge amont of storage. No more books littering my car or dragging me down with an additional bag hanging off my shoulder….just in case. Making notes and highlighting text is a breeze and I don’t need  to carry a notebook or stack of index cards. I can read it anywhere.

Now Amazon is releasing the next generation. This one relieves the reader of any dependence on hot spots or computer access. You can download a book anywhere and anytime. If you haven’t tried the Kindle now is a great time. I never thought I’d enjoy reading a “book” without paper pages but the Kindle has changed my mind. Best news: my YAs can be found on Kindle.

Links: Kindle: Amazon’s Wireless Reading Device


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  • http://lillieammann.com/blog Lillie Ammann

    Vikk,
    I love my Kindle, too. I started out with the original Rocket reader and own an eBookWise.
    At first the Kindle’s page-turning distracted me. It seemed like it took forever, but it didn’t take long to get used to it.
    I love the e-ink experience though I keep my eBookWise, which is backlit, and still use it occasionally when I want to read in the dark.
    I hope the new version changes the page buttons a little. It’s easy to turn a page back or forward accidentally, but that’s the only complaint I have about the Kindle. And I don’t do it often anymore.

  • http://lillieammann.com/blog Lillie Ammann

    Vikk,
    I love my Kindle, too. I started out with the original Rocket reader and own an eBookWise.
    At first the Kindle’s page-turning distracted me. It seemed like it took forever, but it didn’t take long to get used to it.
    I love the e-ink experience though I keep my eBookWise, which is backlit, and still use it occasionally when I want to read in the dark.
    I hope the new version changes the page buttons a little. It’s easy to turn a page back or forward accidentally, but that’s the only complaint I have about the Kindle. And I don’t do it often anymore.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/VikkSimmons Vikk Simmons

    Hi Lillie,
    I bought the new Kindle for my mom for her birthday next month so I’ll be checking it out and doing a comparison. I can already tell you it’s way lighter, although the first one is pretty lightweight. I’ll post on my findings later this month.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/VikkSimmons Vikk Simmons

    Hi Lillie,
    I bought the new Kindle for my mom for her birthday next month so I’ll be checking it out and doing a comparison. I can already tell you it’s way lighter, although the first one is pretty lightweight. I’ll post on my findings later this month.