Kindle is Awesome! Time to re-evaluate the ebook reader market.


Kindle is the the new ebook reader sold by Amazon.com. Reading is a great way to keep up to date about new ideas and finding enough time to read continues to be a challenge because there is so much stuff I want to read.

I've always been interested in ebook readers but I've never been satisfied with their quality and capabilities. Well, that POV has changed. If you love to read, you might want to investigate the future...

The Kindle is wireless. No PC and no syncing needed. The Kindle uses the same 3G network as cell phones, so that content is delivered directly to the device. Connectivity has been excellent everywhere I wander, no costs, no contracts, no hot spot necessity, etc.

Read when and where you want. The Kindle is compact and light enough to carry in your backpack wherever you go without having to worry about lugging around the paper-bound versions of the books you are reading.

Read multiple books at time. This is a huge deal and positive for an ebook reader. If you're like me, I am usually reading 5-10 different books at a time. Some may think this is crazy, and maybe it is, but I have actually found that I have better retention, and since my mind gets bored easily it's often difficult to stay focused on a single book's content. Well, since it is practically not feasible to carry around 5-10 books, this is a major driver for the ebook reader from my POV.

Try before you buy. You can wirelessly download content from books you may be interested in purchasing to check it out before you buy it. Try-before-you-buy is a requirement for me. My typical browse process is to sit down at the local book store with the hard copy along side my favorite white-chocolate mocha (which by the way is becoming a raspberry, white chocolate mocha, but that's another story). So remember, you don't have to judge a book by its cover, you can read some of it and make up your own mind.

Purchasing new books on demand. This is the very best part!! If I get bored with a current title, I can quickly download and start reading a new one. I don't have to leave my comfortable lounge chair, or my favorite coffee spot, or wherever I might be. The books come to me.

Obviously, some of the above points are not unique to the Kindle. I cannot emphasize the wireless capability enough. It was the deal-maker for me, and deal-breaker vs other devices. There are a lot of ebook readers out there so if your interest is sparked, you might want to check out some reviews and other devices. The Kindle device has its critics so make sure you do your due diligence.

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