I am a voracious reader. Biographies, history books, novels and politics consume my unsatisfied appetite for reading and learning. My favorite American president is Abraham Lincoln. I have more than 28 books on him in my library. My favorite mystery writer is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. My favorite humorous writer is Mark Twain. I have books either on them or by Doyle, Twain, Charles Dickens and others in my library.
Last Christmas, my family asked me, “What do you want for Christmas?”
I responded, “A kindle.”
On Christmas Day, I got my wish.
I received a Kindle Fire. Once it was set up, I downloaded for free books about Sherlock Holmes, The Life of Abraham Lincoln and an Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. When I finished reading them, I purchased the trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and The Girl Who Played with Fire. These six books are on my shelf in my Kindle. I can’t imagine carrying these and other books with me either in paperback or God forbid in hardcover.
Buying books to read on Kindle is cheaper than buying them in a store. I purchased the trilogy for much less that I would have paid for them in hardcover or paperback. Books can be downloaded in less than 90 seconds.
I am reading The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe by Kate Buford. Before I purchase a book or download one for free, I can download for free two or three chapters.
The Kindle offers many features to like. When I want to stop reading, I can bookmark where I stopped and the next time I open the book I open it to that page. When I finish reading a page, I lightly touch the left hand corner of the page and the next page automatically appears. I can go back to pages by lightly moving my finger or stylus to the right.
I can enlarge the print or make it smaller by touching an Aa icon. There are eight print sizes. I can also adjust the line spacing, brightness and page margins. For people with vision challenges these features are a plus.
Sharon Gallagher, who is visually impaired, says this about her Kindle. “The accessible reading features induces me to believe the needs of visually-impaired people where considered in designing it.”
Another plus is the lighting on the page. There is ample lighting so you can read in the dark.
Kindle offers thousands of books to read. Some of its offers include Kindle Singles, Editors’ Picks, 100 Kindle books for $3.99 or less, Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, NY Times Best Sellers, Children’s Picture Books and Comic Books. The number of categories in Kindle’s Lending Library astonished me.
Kindle offers more than books.
There are newspapers, magazines, comic books, music, videos of movies and TV shows, web access, Apps (e-mail and audible.com, and others). A touch screen keyboard allows me to search for books, songs, movies, TV programs and to access the web. Amazon.com allows me to buy a slew of products on-line.
The audio quality of the videos and music is superb. The same excellence applies to the visual quality. When watching a video, I can adjust the volume, brightness and pause it. I have rented The Ides of March and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Both times I paused them for 30 minutes. I resumed watching both movies where I paused.
I enjoy listening to audio books when I am traveling. I intend to make great use of audible.com.
Walter Adams, who has a hearing problem, says this about audible.com on his Kindle. “II listen to a book a week with pleasure. Audible.com’s sound quality is a boon for me.” He tells his hearing-impaired friends about audible.com’s benefits to hearing-impaired individuals, and he encourages them to buy a Kindle.
My Kindle cost around $300. There are cheaper ones, but they don’t do as much.
I am thrilled to have my Kindle. It houses more than reading materials. It is a unique, versatile, expansive, entertainment center. It is a communications wonder. It provides many wondrous benefits to people with disabilities.