Just in the past day or two I’ve decided that I want, no — need — an Amazon Kindle. It almost pains me to say this as a longtime reader and bibliophile but I just can’t justify spending money on new books any longer. Most are very expensive in Thailand and I simply can’t bear to part with the cash in the majority of cases. I was looking forward to buying a book today upon receiving my salary but in the end I just couldn’t do it. Six hundred baht is almost a week’s worth of groceries and dining out (I’d had my heart set on Lawrence Block’s The Bernie Rhodenbarr Mysteries Volume One). Yet I have been amassing a huge collection of eBooks. I tend to read these much more slowly than traditional “tree” books as I can take those anywhere or lay in bed reading them. Since I sold my iPod touch earlier this year I read my eBooks on my laptop. With an eBook reader, I could take my collection with me.
A few months ago I thought that I’d like to purchase an iPad when the time came but have come to the realization that a good eBook reader is probably a better investment for me. For one thing, they are a lot less expensive than an iPad and I don’t really need all those crazy apps that tend to distract me as I play around on them and then search for more cool apps to download! No, I just need something that I can read my eBooks on. Being able to download new books, samples, RSS feeds, and email onto the Kindle is a nice touch as well. Really, everything I’ve read about the Kindle makes it sound like the one I’d like. The only disadvantage was the lack of page numbers — something that Amazon has remedied in it’s latest firmware release. They’ve also dropped the price of refurbished Kindles to as low as USD $99. That means that they are getting ready to release the fourth generation models; industry insiders are predicting that could happen as early as late September or early October. This fits in with my semi-formed plan to save and purchase one in time for either my birthday or Christmas…
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