Saturday, May 1, 2010

"Cynde's Kindle Review!"

It's long past the time I said I would review the "Kindle2" that my husband, Dion, bought for me. I have owned it for approximately two months now, and I totally lurve it!

Here is the front view of the "Kindle2":

And here is the back view:

I don't know about you, but I think my "Kindle2" is absolutely adorable!

As you may recall, my husband also purchased a "SkinIt" that is in a gorgeous "Tinker Bell" design, as you can see by looking at the photos, above. Otherwise, the "Kindle2" would have looked like this:

The original version is not hideous or anything; it's just not as pretty as it is with the awesome-looking, Tinker BellSkinIt on it. And the "SkinIts" come in lots of different designs. I believe you can even have your own custom-made designs, if you want. I think they're great—and reasonably priced, too.

Here is a list of some of the things that you will be able to do with your "Kindle2" (I've personally tried each one!):

  1. Read books easily (it's fun!) While you're reading, if there's a word you don't know, just rest the cursor on it, and the display will pop up telling you all about what the word means. Also, if the particular book that you are reading at the time allows the text-reading feature, the "Kindle2" will read the book out loud to you. How cool is that!?!

  2. Shop for books (lots of them free) at the Kindle Store

  3. Obtain free books from several different sources online

  4. Download blogs, newspapers, magazines, audiobooks, mp3's and other text. Amazon will store a copy of them for you. That way if you delete them (by accident or otherwise), you will be able to download them (if you want to) without having to pay for them again.

  5. Shop on eBay, and other shopping forums

  6. Search Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other search providers

  7. Bookmark each favorite website visited

  8. Add notes or highlights at special spots in the books that you are reading

  9. Forward pdf documents from your computer to your "Kindle2" so they can be read more easily (I totally lurve that feature!) The same can be done with Microsoft Word, TXT, HTML, RTF, or images like JPEG's and GIF's. If you send them to your dedicated "Kindle2" email address, Amazon will convert the documents into the "Kindle2" format and wirelessly provide it to your "Kindle2" via "Whispernet" for a small fee, or back to your computer for free.

I think that's about it except this:

I purchased a book entitled: "The Kindle2 Cookbook: How To Do Everything the Manual Doesn't Tell You (Kindle Edition)" by David Emberson, that's full of terrific information about how and where to get free books, plus lots of tips and tricks that the "Kindle2" User's Guide, 4th Ed. just does not provide for you. Furthermore, there are other books available on Amazon along these lines, but this one is my favorite. You, of course, are free to choose one of your own, but I do advise you to at least purchase one of them to supplement the User's Guide. Trust me: you'll be glad you did!

My Rating: (poor, fair, good, great, or excellent)

If I were asked to give an overall evaluation of the "Kindle2", I would definitely say:

Until next time...stay safe, stay well, and may the Lord bless you all.


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Cynde's Daybook ~and~ Usurper Exposed. Thank you!


Emily Ann Benedict said...

I'm a old-school book collector, but all the buzz about the Kindle and other books have been tempting me. ;)
Thanks for the review. I didn't realize it did so much.
And that's for following my blog. :)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I love my Kindle. The free first chapters have enabled me to pick books that I ordinarily would not have picked.

Love your Tinkerbell cover. Mine is the basic black leather cover.

The size is just right for me. I have 160 books stored on my Kindle presently. That frees up a lot of room in my bookcases. And that there is a back-up of all my books is a tremendous plus.

You have a lovely blog, showing the obvious effort and creativity you put into it. Roland

Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Emily!

My husband and I actually collect antique books, and as far as I'm concerned, there's nothing better than curling up in front of a roaring fire in a fluffy old chair, or on top of an old couch, with a soft blanket wrapped around you, with a good old-fashioned book in your hands.

However, I'm taking a writing course right now that's entitled: Holly Lisle's "How To Think Sideways Career Survival Course For Writers" and it contains a lot of pdf documents that are difficult for me to read on my computer, so I decided to give the "Kindle2" a try...and it works great! I still prefer a good old-fashioned book, but the "Kindle2" is amazing and I totally LOVE it! I hope you'll try it, too.

Thanks for "following" my blog, too! I appreciate that more that you can imagine!


Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Roland!

Thank you for your awesome comment. I'm so glad you like my blog, and that you noticed all the work I put into it. That makes it all worthwhile.

The "Kindle2" is just the right size for me, too. It feels perfect in my hands while I'm reading, and I am glad that it's not cumbersome and heavy. Plus, I hadn't even THOUGHT about how much space it was freeing up on my bookshelves for me. Maybe I'll edit my review and add that point--it's a good one. Thanks for reminding me!

Oh...and thanks so much for "following" my blog! I love making new friends and I hope you'll be stopping by again soon.


B.J. Anderson said...

I loooove my Kindle 2 as well. Don't know what I'd do without it!!!

Cynde L. Hammond said...'s really amazing. I never want good old-fashioned books to be totally replaced, though, but the "Kindle2" is one of those inventions that is bound to remain with us for years to come.


~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Thanks for the great review of Kindle 2. I thought Kindle was strictly for downloading books, so it was wonderful to learn of its other features. Thanks, too, for visiting my blog and following!

Have a wonderful day!