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I <3 my Kindle

As some of you know, I decided that I wanted nothing more than a Kindle for my 30th Birthday, for some very valid reasons. We ordered it many weeks ago, but due to Xmas and all, it took a very long time to get here.

It finally arrived on Monday last week, while I was out of course, but my Mum was awesome and went to collect it for me. OMG.Β I can’t fathom my life without it now. How did I ever carry those large clunky books around? lol no, I still love me some print, but I truly adore my Kindle. I think I’ve read more in this last week than I have in a long time, and can see that trend will continue.

It has changed the way I read, and the beauty of it is that it doesn’t seem to come up on the kids radar – there is something about a book, or a laptop, that means they must see what I’m doing. While the Kindle has caused interest, and Ivy thinks it’s fantastic (I can totally see her wanting one when she is a bit older), they don’t seem distracted by it in quite the same way. I love that they are respectful of it because they know just how excited I’ve been about getting it – maybe I need to make a huge deal about things more often? – I love that I can now read outside while they play and they can get on with what they are doing and let me get some reading done. Until now, they would never go outside without me, but most of my books were on the laptop. Problem solved. Bliss.

And it’s totally possible to curl up with your Kindle. So easy to read from (initially I thought the text on the screen was a placeholder card, it looks that much like a book), and you forget that it’s an electronic device after a little while. It’s the STORY that is important, not the medium. This medium is slim, lightweight, feels good on your fingers and is easy to use – all good things for me.

I’ve had my first attempt at a case for my Kindle. It turned out better than I expected (the kids were all chattering at me, poking their heads and fingers into my space as I assembled it), but it’s made me realize I really don’t want a case that it sits in all the time. I actually like to hold my Kindle, and the case just adds bulk to that. I’ll have to make another one though, because the girls think it’s awesome and that way they can have one each.

Next time, I’ll be making a sleeve for it. I just need some fabric for the interior and I’m good to go. Considering how little time it took to put together the case, the sleeve should be a breeze.

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13 thoughts on “I <3 my Kindle”

  1. OMG! It’s so cute!! I also love holding my Kindle out of its case. It’s so slim and tiny. It suddenly occurred to me the other day that I could take it to the gym and read because there are no physical pages to turn and to spine trying to close. Your case is awesome too. So crafty and personalised. Love it!

    1. Thanks, Kerryn πŸ™‚ It turned out better than I expected! I’m totally keen to make more, though definitely working on a sleeve next rather than a case. That’s a good point about taking your Kindle to the gym – very cool!

  2. I’m fighting back my Kindle envy as I type this. How clever of you to craft your own cover, and nice to know I won’t need to buy one of those expensive ones, to use just for storage. I think I’ll like to hold mine bare nekkid too. πŸ™‚

    I can’t believe I was so against these readers at first. Silly me.

    1. Hehe, it’s funny you say that, Linda. I took mine to show my Mum and Step-dad and they aren’t quite ready to make the change, but can see that in a few years time they will no doubt – the text to speech, and ability to change the size of fonts is pretty awesome!
      The case in this post cost me all of about $3 to make, so if you have the time and minimal sewing skills, you can definitely knock something together yourself that will suit your personality and tastes πŸ™‚ way more interesting than a boring solid colour leather case πŸ˜‰

  3. Yay so glad you are feeling the Kindle Love!

    I adore my Kobo and it was great for when Aliyah was in hospital. I read 2 1/2 books and they were big chunky books but I just had my lovely light e reader.

    E-Readers rule!!!!!

    What format is reccomended for Kindles? Kobo’s are best with EPub docs

    1. The Kindle does mobi files I think, and pdf’s, but you can convert pretty much anything to anything else using software. Very handy!
      Have you got a case or sleeve for yours? I plan on making a few, so if you need one, let me know what kind of colours you’re into and I’ll make one for you too!

  4. I have a heap of Vampire books in PDF and Epub format that I can pop on a cd send down to you if you would like.

    I presently have a red leather cover on my Kobo, but I would love something luscious in purples and silvers and blacks or blues. Only when you have some time.

    1. Red leather sounds nice πŸ™‚ But I can totally do something luscious for you πŸ˜‰ Do you want a case like this one? or a sleeve? I’ll hopefully get my next version done once school goes back and I have more time. You can let me know which one you like best once you’ve seen both styles.

  5. I’m glad you mentioned your parents, Cassie. I’ve thought for a long time that Amazon should market Kindles directly to older readers. It’s not just the failing eyesight an eReader helps with. The Kindle is so light and so easy to handle, that people with arthritic hands, necks shoulders, etc. all feel the benefit. Also, for people with low mobility, and low incomes, people who can’t afford many books, who can’t get out easily – or at all – to libraries and the few remaining bookshops, browsing online and having samples and whole books delivered wirelessly, at no extra cost, is a major boon.

    1. Cassie, you better put Graham right on what we’re like LOL. For the record, I’m / we’re not yet old and totally decrepit – however I am sure that if we get there, the bonus perks of a Kindle will be even more obvious for us LOL

      1. Oops, didn’t mean to imply you and Mr Chick were old crumblies! As a boomer myself (my Twitter name is Graywave) I know none of us will ever grow old. Only… I got my first pair of bifocals last year and my wife does have a teensy bit of arthritis. But it was other, much much older people I was really talking about.

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