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Confession: I spent

May 12th, 2009 at 12:27 am

Mmm I spent money before I was originally intending to.

I bought a Kindle (from Amazon) just a couple hours ago. I should be getting it in 5-9 days- I opted for the free shipping.

I was planning on buying it later (in a month or two at least). I know I will be using this a lot (and I better for what it cost!)- I love to read and frequently carry multiple books with me. Carrying one Kindle versus a few books will be a lot easier.

Anyway onto why I bought it now instead of later:

A relative gave me some money on Sunday and told me to do with it what I wanted. With that money, along with the spending money I had saved up, and my half.com money, I had almost the cost of a Kindle. I say almost because it costs $359 and I had $330. But I know I will be getting the $500 from the complex in the next few days (confirmed this with management). I do intend to save the remaining $470.

I did a lot of research on the Kindle today and am feeling really confident about my purchase. A lot of students even use it for school. The summer class I'm taking that starts in a week is an English class and a few of the books we'll be reading are available for the Kindle for free. I fully intend to try it out for school. I don't see me using it for school much in the future though- even if my math textbooks were available on Kindle, I doubt I would buy them on Kindle. The screen is too small for a textbook.

I'll be sure to post about it when I get it and start using it. Anyone here have a Kindle (or any electronic reader)? I hope it comes soon!

5 Responses to “Confession: I spent”

  1. Miss Sporty Saver Says:

    I use the mobi reader app on my blackberry to read ebooks. The screen is smaller than a kindle, so I am jealous. I may buy the Kindle 1 from a friend. He told me he would sell it for 80% less than what they are going for. I don't mind having a Kindle 1 even though the Kindle 2 is out. I might take him up on the offer. Keep us posted on how you like it once you get it.

  2. cassandra Says:

    I was thinking of getting a used Kindle 1 instead of a Kindle 2. But what sold me on a Kindle 2 was that it was lighter and it didn't need the memory cards to store more books.

  3. Miss Sporty Saver Says:

    Sweet! I don't read as much as I should, so I wouldn't mind the bulkier one. If I read tons of books and had extra cash around, I'd buy the Kindle 2. I think it's great that you bought one. We should treat ourselves every once in a while!

  4. whitestripe Says:

    do you have to buy the books to go on there? i have heard a bit about it, but not much.

  5. cassandra Says:

    Whitestripe- some you do have to buy, some you don't. It depends on the book. A lot of classics (Mark Twain, Shakespeare, Voltaire, etc.- which is the majority of what I read) are usually free. More recent books and new releases are up to $10 each. I've compared prices on a lot of books and the books for Kindle are almost always cheaper than it is in paperback or hardback- even if you get it used from half.com, etc.

    One thing to note is that you don't have to buy the Kindle e-book version to put the book on the Kindle. The Kindle supports a lot of types of documents (text, docs, etc.) so if you already have e-books on your computer, you can put them on your Kindle.

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