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Post #27: I am a Kindle convert

Welcome to the twenty-seventh post of the Great Writing Challenge of 2012.
Five days a week for six months, I will be given a topic to write about. The stipulation: it must be 250 words (or more), and positive in tone.
If you would like to suggest topics for me to write about, please email me at TheRebeccaProject [at] gmail [dot] com.

Post #27: I am a Kindle convert.

Hello, my name is Rebecca and I am a Kindle convert.

It all started a few weeks ago when my local library was closed for days due to budget-related furloughs. And it’s been months since Borders closed its doors to my little home away from home on Powell Street. So I found myself in an intellectual no-mans land. This was the impetus that led me to purchase my first Kindle.

Kindle, fourth generation. At $79, it works out cheaper than my library fines...

Making the switch to digital has been a long time coming for an old book lover like myself. I adore the feel and the smell of books, and love the history about them as physical artifacts. So I was skeptical a digital device could recreate that tactile and emotional experience for me.

Whoa! I love new toys.

Just over a week later, I am sold. It’s lightweight, easy to read and I have half a library right here in my back pocket. My bag feels much lighter and I no longer have to worry about the accumulation of library fines. I have stocked my new Kindle with all the classics on my To Read list, with many books published prior to 1923 available for free. Free! I just completed F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise, and now I’m tackling Austen.

The packaging was well thought out, and 'frustration free'

To Kindle or not to Kindle?


  1. Ease of use
  2. Weight – so incredibly light!
  3. Price of tablet – I paid about $86 including tax for mine
  4. Built-in reference dictionary – a great resource that I’ve actually been using
  5. Simplicity – you really can’t do anything else on this version of the Kindle, but for someone with my attention span, that’s perfect
  6. Perfect for travelling

The Kindle: lightweight and easy to read


  1. The other non-classics I have looked at purchasing can be really quite expensive, considering you don’t get a physical book for that price (Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, $12.99)
  2. The fact that it’s yet another item that requires charging
  3.  Not a physical book in your hand
  4. I like to know what page I am on, and how many total pages are in the book. So far, I’ve only worked out it only tells you what percentage you have read

Inspired to whip up a case right before German class

Have you made the switch to e-books?


  1. Hooray!! Another member of the cult!
    You know you can get library books on there right? At least from Oakland & alameda.
    Also try some books are lendable & it hooks people up.

    As to the page number thing it is annoying but some of the new ones have actual page numbers.

  2. Brooke says

    The charging is a bit of a non issue. I got one for Christmas and haven’t had to charge it yet.

  3. Pingback: Post #86: Packing Up My Life (Again) « The Rebecca Project

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