A Writer's Journey

January 9, 2012

The Amazon Kindle Fire

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Way back in 2008, my dad talked to me about my birthday present and my graduation present. He asked if it was okay if my parents gave me a combination gift. I had no objection. One of his coworkers had gotten a device my dad thought I would like—the Amazon Kindle. He explained it was an electronic book reader and I was intrigued. I did some research and decided that, yes, I would like this gift.

I loved my Kindle. While I would still have to buy an actual book here or there, I liked having my books on my Kindle. I didn’t have to worry about losing a bookmark—Kindle kept my spot for me! I could download a book while running for a plane (I actually did so once). I got the New York Times every day. I had internet capabilities as well. I operated off the same radio signals as cell phones. So I always had access, except on planes. But the Kindle is an approved device (with the radio turned off), so I could still read while flying.

When I started working, I took my Kindle with me. Everyone was curious about it. I answered many, many questions. And the Kindle grew in popularity. Barnes and Noble created their own. As did others.

Then this fall, Amazon announced a new addition to the Kindle family. It was the Kindle Fire, a tablet. And I fell in love. My Kindle worked fine, but I still wanted the Fire. So I asked for it for Christmas. And come Christmas morning, I had one. And as I waited for breakfast, I got around to exploring it.

First, I had to register my Kindle. Which meant I had to connect it to my family’s WiFi. That was easy enough as I know how to look up the password. Once I had registered it, everything I had ever bought was at my finger tips. All I had to do was download what I wanted. That included the current issues of the “New York Times” and the “International Herald Tribune.” Then Diana Gabaldon’s “Dragonfly in Amber.” And Sara Donati’s “Fire Along the Sky.” And Beth Trissel’s “Somewhere the Bells Ring.” And with my bookmarks from my old Kindle! Color me impressed. 

The screen is bigger than my old one. And since it’s more like a computer screen, it brightens up. So I don’t have to worry about glare. And I can read at night, in the dark. Couldn’t do that before. It took me a while to figure out how to read an older issue of the newspaper, but I got it. I like how to turn the page: just tap the edge of the screen. I like to move my finger across the screen—makes me feel like I’m actually turning a page. And while I was skeptical about adapting to the touch screen at first, I’ve come to like it.

I haven’t put any music or videos on the device yet. I did get Pandora for the device, though. I enjoy listening to music while reading. Though I do tend to tune out the world if I get really caught up in reading.

So, in conclusion: I really love my Kindle Fire. I highly recommend it.

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