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Keen on Kindle

The word is out in the gate guard community that there are a whole lot of you down here, waiting for a gate.

First, Welcome!

We’ll be joining you soon as our gate closes out on Wednesday.

Maybe we’ll get to meet some of you while we all wait.

I’m trying to think of something I haven’t already written about that might be of some help to you?

I’ve covered the need for a cell phone booster, an easy satellite dish you can just toss in the yard, mouse proofing your rig and getting accustomed to caliche, wild pigs, tarantulas, snakes, guard donkeys, mad bulls  and real friendly cows. I don’t think I’ve written much about books.

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.           ~C.S. Lewis

During the hours that the gate isn’t real busy, Heidi and I both love to read. One of the luxuries we don’t have is the space or money to buy books. The ones I’m interested in are rarely free at the library or on the sales rack at donation stores.

I was surprised to find that we were often in a town that was too small for a library or a town where the library won’t grant temporary cards. We spent 5 weeks half way between Gonzales and Shiner. Gonzales has a population of app. 20,000 and a large library where we couldn’t check out books. Shiner, population 2000, had a little, but very accommodating library.

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. ~Groucho Marx

In total, we spent almost 9 months in Gonzales county – most of the time near the town of Nixon, where we’ve now read every library book on the shelf except for a few art and bios and the children’s section.

I finally gave in on our trip back to Iowa last month and had my daughter order Kindles.

If you’re happy with a basic model, the price is down to  $79. There are used ones for even less.

If you’re a reader you probably already have one.

I’m generally the last to buy the latest and greatest when it comes to technology.

Honestly, I just like the feel of a real book or a real newspaper.

But it’s not practical out here in the remote back roads of Texas.

Here are a few things I’ve enjoyed in my month of Kindling. I love the fact that the dictionary is right there with every word you read and highlighting and note taking are so simple. I like never losing my place – that’s amazing!

Did you know that you can check out library books on your Kindle? Since Heidi and I still have Cedar Rapids library accounts, they graciously allow us to browse the on-line shelves and reserve the latest Ed Gorman or Lorna Landvik. You can also do that at the town or city nearest your gate, if they have on-line accounts.

There are sites for free books like:  Booksprung

There are also bargain book sites where you can buy Kindle books for $.99 like: eReaderIQ

I’m new to this and I’m sure there are many more.

JL wrote and added these:

Don’t forget the Kindle Lending Library – http://amzn.to/tUlApm

Sign up for Amazon Prime (which also gets you free TV/movie streaming similar to Netflix as well as 2-day shipping on Amazon products) and you can check out 1 book a month (with no due date) from a selection of over 5,000 books.

Also check out http://lendle.me/

You can even buy a membership to the New York Public Library for $40 a year. You might want to browse their e-book selection first to make sure it’s worth your investment. Kindles aren’t just for reading. There are free and not quite free game apps, puzzles etc…

‘The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others and it becomes the property of all.  ~Voltaire

kindle – The verb is related to Old Norse kyndill,  a candle or torch. If you’re far from home, or far from a friendly, accessible library, and even if you’re not, nothing can hold a candle to a Kindle.

16 thoughts on “Keen on Kindle

  1. I seem to be the lone Sony Reader fan here. Back before Kindle adjusted their format so that it would accommodate non-Kindle formats, we decided to get the Sony Reader, because it would work with “epub” formats. I think Kindle will do that, too, now. I have the touch screen Sony Reader, and I love it. Another plus is that it comes in red. 🙂 Funny thing, though…I can’t stop buying real books. Like you, I love the feel of real pages. But I do like the reader, still. It’s much more convenient to take an e-reader on a trip than, say, four or five books. I still haven’t figured out how to check out library books with it. I need to get on that.

    • Jeff – I’m so far behind, I don’t even know the differences between the Sony Reader and the Nook and the Kindle. Yours sounds very cool. At least I can hold the Kindle, unlike the laptop, but, ya, I still like the heft of a book…
      Sometimes you just have to move on, but I miss books anyway.

  2. Oh good… I have not been cast out of the gate guard circle since I use a Nook–whew:-)
    I did have the original Nook & liked it, but I really wanted the color version. Even my granddaughter had one. So I gave my basic Nook to my grandson in Vegas. It’s his birthday present!

    Yeah, I can deal with ebooks (except for reference type books) but I love the feel of physically a puzzle piece into place. Sweet!!!

  3. Okay… I’m going to be a maverick here. I have a Nook Color and LOVE IT! I play Sudoku and Angry Birds Rio on it as well as read books. I also do email on it. It’s almost like having a tablet! I’ll need to check out the lending library on Barnes & Noble. Did you say you can join the New York library for $40/year? Any in Texas doing that? I’ll have to check. When I go somewhere and I don’t want to take my Nook with me, I use the Nook App on my iPhone and I let it sync with the Nook so I can continue reading on my phone where I left on in my Nook. Isn’t technology wonderful!

    I tried to do an electronic jigsaw puzzle and it was just not the same. So I’ll keep my new card table and 1000 piece puzzles. I get so hooked on them!


    • Vicky – my niece loves her Nook! Beyond that, I know nothing. 😉
      I do play angry birds on my phone, but that’s kind of the small version. Heidi has a cooler phone so she has Rio on hers. 😀
      I looked through the New York e library and there wasn’t much there yet – but I expect it will continue to expand.
      I’m with you about the puzzles. Guess I like the feel of cardboard, too. 😀

  4. We both bought Kindles while we worked at Amazon this time last year. We sure wish we were in the yard so we could meet you, but apparently there isn’t room for us. We are waiting at the Escapee’s Rainbow’s End in Livingston.

    • Sue – Not sure there’s room for us either. Cleared it with Jamie, so I hope so. I suppose the Escapee’s park is filling up this time of year? We need to head up there and finish our Texas residency work.

  5. I’m like you, I love the feel of a book and I’ve come to love having a Kindle. It is great for travel, especially in the trailer. Thanks for the info on the different places to get books.

    • Karla – JL sent me a couple more. If you have Amazon Prime you might be interested in the first one. Otherwise, the lendle link looks really good!

  6. I just got my Kindle and Love it…Now we’ve pre-ordered the Kindle Fire for John. Unfortunately, we have to go into town to download any books because of the crummy WiFi service out here. I just load it up while I’m in town doing laundry.

    • Diane – The Kindle Fire does look very cool! 😉
      WiFi is so dicey out here isn’t it?
      We’re only 60 miles from Houston and can barely get any signal – with the booster.

  7. Don’t forget the Kindle Lending Library – http://amzn.to/tUlApm

    Sign up for Amazon Prime (which also gets you free TV/movie streaming similar to Netflix as well as 2-day shipping on Amazon products) and you can check out 1 book a month (with no due date) from a selection of over 5,000 books.

    Also check out http://lendle.me/

    • JL – I love your gravatar – what a hoot! 😀
      Thanks for adding the two sites!
      Hopefully those with Amazon Prime will catch this comment. I’ll add the links to the article. Maybe some new readers will see them.
      Thanks so much!
      You’re brilliant as always.

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