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I Ordered a Kindle!

In books, reading, reflectons on January 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm

(The following post is a follow-up to:   https://leeceebee.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/an-ereader-for-christmas/).

I did it!  I ordered a Kindle–the one with the WiFi and all that stuff.  With my birthday and Christmas money, I put a little with it and…I bought a Kindle. 

Recently, my aunt ordered herself a Kindle.  I was going to wait and see how she liked hers, but I couldn’t…wait.  So, I went ahead and placed the order on Amazon.com.  

So, now I need a case.  I scoured websites looking for a Kindle case.  I like the case with the attached light that is sold on Amazon.com.  But, I didn’t want to spend that amount of money for a case–not now, anyway.  I ended up ordering a $20.00 case off of Ebay, which was recommended by my Aunt.  

I am so excited about getting my Kindle–I hope it lives up to all of the hype I’ve been reading about it.  I find myself looking out of the door to see if a “small package” has arrived from UPS, although I know it’s not supposed to arrive for a few days, yet. 

So, I spent yesterday browsing The Kindle Store on Amazon.com.  I even saw where I could download the Kindle application onto my PC.  Had I known that, would I have…?  After thinking about it for a while, the answer is yes.  I would still have ordered The Kindle, because I can take the eReader anywhere. 

Now, I’m even more excited about getting my little package.  I’ve been reading those first chapter freebies and browsing books like nobody’s business.  I’m half way through the first chapter of The Help–based on the first chapter, The Help might be the first book I order on my new Kindle.

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Confessions Of An Info Junkie…

In books, reading, reflectons, televison on December 12, 2010 at 11:50 am

 

I’m a self-professed info junkie.  The older I get, the junkier I become.  My info high usually comes from articles or television programs about health related issues.  If it were only that simple… I also get hooked in by the mere mention of movies, recipes, celebrities, music, books, and political topics that might pique my interest.

Some of my symptoms include, but are not limited to: 

  •  It’s hard to throw away books and magazines.  Wonder if I need to refer to them again? I have given some of mags and books away, but it’s so difficult.
  • I get on the internet to check my email, and I always get sidetracked by little grabbers like AOL news.
  • I have numerous magazine subscriptions—including Prevention, First, and Reader’s Digest—but I can’t keep up with the reading.  When a new one comes, I have to browse through it—momentarily abandoning my older magazines like a bad habit.  The pictures and words just call my name.
  • I get the local newspaper on a daily basis.  They, too, pile up, because I refuse to throw them away until I’ve read each item of interest.  
  • So, I don’t forget anything, I write lots of good information down from books, the newspaper, television, and magazines—creating clutter, clutter, and more clutter. 
  • My DVR is usually filled to near capacity, because I just have to watch the latest Dr. Oz, that special about Diabetes, etc.

What can I do?

  • I’m always looking for new ways to organize things that I’ve copied down or clipped from a magazine.  The latest–an alphabetized, index card holder.  I’m tryin’… 
  • Although, I wouldn’t call myself a slow reader, I’ve thought about learning to speed read. With so much to read, a little more speed just might help the situation.  
  • I could just say no to taping a new show or purchasing a new magazine.  But, then, I might miss something important.  I wouldn’t be able to bear it.   

Perhaps, I shouldn’t be too hard on myself.  After all, what would the world be like without new stuff to read, watch, and learn?  If you ask me, it would be a pretty boring place.

Well, I better get going.  I need to finish reading the Sunday newspaper.

“Santa, may I have an eReader for Christmas?”

In reflectons on November 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I guess I can be considered a low level—perhaps a very low level—techie.  I use a computer (obviously), I have a cell phone, and I play video games on the Wii every now and then.  I never send text messages, though; I figure I’d rather talk than text.  Often, I find myself yearning for the days of yesteryear—when there was no Facebook, Twitter, or iPhones. 

So, I was surprised when I started becoming interested in those eReaders, last week.  What triggered my interest?  If I remember right, my interest was piqued when I landed on QVC during one of my channel scans. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve known about the eReader for some time.  But, now, I see them advertised, all over the place, in those good old, seasonal circulars.  More recently, one of the magazines that I read had a comparison of the “various” eReaders.  I just can’t escape. 

So, you know what I’m thinking?  Christmas is coming, and I have a birthday coming up, too.  Maybe, I’ll ask Santa (perhaps, my hubby) for one of those fancy, wireless reading devices

But, it’s not that simple.  I don’t—more like can’t—make decisions easily.  I’ll just have to ponder over it for a while.   

Prior to my becoming intrigued by the eReaders, I was pretty adamant that I would never buy one of those things.  Why?  I love to read.  I love visiting the local library.  I love bookstores.  There’s just something exhilarating about being able to use my fingers to browse through the pages of a magazine or the newest bestseller. 

With all of the bookstores, unfortunately, closing across the country, I feel a bit guilty for even entertaining the thought of an eReader.  But, if I do end up with an eReader, I will plan to keep visiting bookstores, too.  Yeah, that’s the deal I’ll make with myself…

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