But first, I'll start with the obvious... to return the Kindle for the new Kindle touch or not? The new Kindle information was released earlier this week and I had to sit down and decide what to do.
Kindle Keyboard vs Kindle Touch
On the left, we have the Kindle Touch (Kindle 4). On the right, we have the Kindle Keyboard (Kindle 3), which is the model I have. Let's break down the statistics:
Hmm.. not much of a difference, is there? Basically, with the touch, I'd be getting a tiny bit less space for books in a more compact device. The touch is shorter, but it isn't slimmer. It weighs an ounce less, but how big of a difference does an ounce really make?
Personally, I've never been a fan of touch screen. My boyfriend converted me from my blackberry to a Droid phone and I still can't get used to it. I've had it for almost a year now and I still long for my blackberry keyboard. Sure, my droid may run a lot smoother than my POS blackberry, but I just want a keyboard I can feel. It makes it a lot easier to operate.
Would I want the same thing in my Kindle? I've come to the conclusion that yes, I need a keyboard. The touch screen itself doesn't glide and respond as smooth as I'd like it to, according to this impression (click to see the Kindle touch in real life). It's definitely no Iphone, I'll tell you that much.
My final decision? I'll be keeping my Kindle Keyboard. If you, on the other hand, need to have the most up to date gadget and don't mind the touch screen, then I'd say go for it. The only con for you is that you have to wait until November 21st to get your Kindle. That's much too long for me! I could have read 10 books by then.
- Did you know that you can share books with other Kindle holders? The other person has 14 days to "borrow" it before it expires. So get a Kindle group together and share away! Here's a link on how to do it.
- There are a ton of free Kindle books for you to download.
- Amazon has their list of top 100 free ebooks.
- There are many blogs that update daily with ebook freebies or steals. My favorite is Pixel of Ink. They also give you a synopsis of the book and a reader rating to make your life easier!
- Amazon has a Kindle Daily Deal where they offer a book for 75-85% off list price for 24 hours. Each day there's a new book! You can find it here, subscribe for email notifications, or follow them on twitter or facebook to find out what the daily book is.
- Okay, this isn't free, but Amazon also has a list of 100 Kindle books for $3.99 or less.
- My library back home has it and I can borrow 5 books for 7, 14, or 21 day periods.
- You can put your name on a waiting list for the book you want to come back in stock if someone else is currently borrowing it. When the book becomes available, the library will send you an email to let you know that you're the next one in line to borrow it and you'll have 4 days (not all libraries are the same) to claim it. If you don't claim it in those 4 days, the next person waiting in line will get the chance to borrow the book.
- If the book is available, you can download it to your Kindle instantaneously.
- It's free!
That's all I've got for now. If you have any questions, ask away! I hope this helps some of you out there!