There are now three Kindles in our house. We don't share well when it comes to that I guess.
There are sites that have free books but they are mostly pretty old stuff. Fine for that if you want some of that stuff. As for the newer stuff, well ya gotta pay so the authors can continue to eat and write.
Most of the Amazon books are 10 bucks. A lot are 5 or 6.
There are sites that one can get books from. A subscription is paid and one can even request books that they don't have. In a day or so they are there. We went away for April and even though our subscription did not allow for so many requests they obliged when I whined with our excuse of wanting to load up before we left. 60 some books for trip. Download to the computer and then to the Kindle. Internet access required!
Now, I don't think some of these places are much different than some of the music
sites that no longer exist so feel some will be attacked and shut down for some legal
reason or another but right now books for us are real cheap
I have friends that are sticking to the "I like the feel of touching, holding, feeling, etc,etc........whatever. Any argument can be used.
Power. Not even worth discussing with the Kindle. I charged mine once during the month. The wife charged hers three times I think - kinda lets you know who was conning the ship huh?
I can read every day for hours for a week at least. Power - a non issue.
Electronic. Yep. So is the cell phone
- I take care of it. The laptop
- uh huh, yep, watch out for it too. We don't read in the rain but I bet a zip-lock bag would do the trick pretty easily.
Trading - well that would not work in the traditional way but imagine this: You meet someone that has a Kindle and uses the computer to store books like we do. "I have that, what is your email
address?" BINGO! Or; "I have that. Stop by with your laptop
, no wait, take this thumb drive and drop it back by later on." Imagine a little box in the marina office (some even have computers
for the cruisers use right?) full of old thumb drives with little cards attached with what books are on the inside.........hmmmm........... I have several old, expensive then, 256 meg (I think) thumb drives I no longer use because their capacity has been outstripped by the digital camera
. I could leave hundreds of books at a time.
Technology is advancing all the time.
I took a long time to buy a chart plotter. Did you?
Actually I bought a boat with a chart plotter but what the hey!
Anyway, they are here.
Use them or not.