Joining the 21st Century

Last week, Mom gave me her Kindle Fire.  She got an iPad for Christmas and since she does all of her reading on that now, the Kindle was not getting any use.

So I said thank you and then I left it on the coffee table because it was square and not terribly big and I didn’t have a better plan for it at the moment.

If y’all have not caught on, I have been actively avoiding e-readers since they were released because of a certain faithfulness to bindings and paper and whatnot.  The other part may have something to do with the fact that I almost never purchase books, I am an exclusive library user.  Because of these things, I had no idea that what I was actually receiving was a gorgeous tablet.

Surprise.

Don’t mind me over here, just joining up with the 21st century.

None of this was discovered until this morning, at which point I found myself sitting at the kitchen table puzzling over Amazon accounts and the Hennepin County Library ebook catalog feeling just terrifically embarrassed that I had seemed so ungrateful at the outset.

Also, is it just me, or does Amazon seem to know as much about us as Facebook?  Because I sort of got that vibe when I went through the process of setting up my Kindle account.

The only thing I’m really certain of at this point is that I have literally no idea as to how to use the Kindle.  Hand to God, as I am writing this post I am also discovering that I can Netflix on it.  This is only the tip of the iceberg.

I also have a sneaking suspicion that I am also somehow meant to be able to “friend” other readers so that we can share libraries…or something.  But that also banks on the fact that I know how to properly construct my library or anything else on my home screen.  We’re just not there yet.

Do you have a Kindle? If so, please share tips/tricks in the comments and let me know if we’re supposed to be like…Kindle friends or whatever.

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6 responses to “Joining the 21st Century

  1. I don’t have one, but a friend of mine let me borrow hers when I was in Ireland. It was fine, but I just had to make sure it was charged. I liked it, but not enough to go out and buy one.

    You’ll probably love it because you read a lot. Enjoy!

  2. Michael’s trying to convince me to get one! He has a Kindle Fire and really likes it. I’m leaning towards the Paperwhite for the appearance, but being able to stream Netflix, etc. is a nice feature. I’ve also been a hold out for physical books…

  3. Blair's Head Band

    My favorite part of my Kindle is the multiple apps – I have it on my phone, my iPad mini, AND my laptop — which is SUPER clutch if I have one of those I Simply Cannot afternoons and need a 20 minute fiction break but still want to look productive.

    Also, my recent mind blowing discovery re: Kindles? Borrowing cookbooks from the library. I know.

  4. Your welcome,

  5. I’ve had a Kindle for a few years now, but only use it for reading, being that it’s older and not web-friendly. I am not a library-user, though, and am a bookstore addict, so I really feel like I’ve saved a ton now that I have a Kindle, since the books cost lest. They also really free up luggage space on trips, since I am a pretty fast reader and whiz through fiction while on vacay, meaning that I’d have to bring a pile of books (I think my record was 10 books packed). Enjoy!

  6. The best part about kindle is like Blair said: multiple apps. Your book syncs up to all of your electronics…so I can read on the plane on my kindle, then pick up where I left off on my iPhone at the busstop, etc. I also love the smell and feel of a real book, but the Kindle is a thousand times better for travel.
    Mine doesn’t have fancy internet things like Netflix, but I love it just the same.

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