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Monday, April 04, 2011

I have never been able to read in the car, makes me car sick. My husband and son can both read in the car with no problems. This past weekend we took our son to UNT preview weekend which is about 4 hours from home. I normally do the driving on trips but on the way back my son was driving so I got out my Kindle, plugged int he head phones and used the text-to-speech feature that is available on many books. It was great! For the first time I can enjoy a book in the car without getting sick. And with ear phones I don't have to subject my family to my choice of books. :-)

I have blogged about this before. I really do enjoy my Kindle and it's handy for many things. The main draw back from my perspective is you can't really share books. I know there is a way to do it, but only on certain books, the most popular books can't be shared and you can only share things once anyway. Despite this I have found many positives for owning a Kindle, mainly because it's like being able to carry my own personal library in my purse, ready to go anytime I need it.

Many of the books I have on my Kindle were free or very cheap. I have the Bible, poetry, short stories, classic literature. Stuff nobody would really want to borrow anyway. :-)

I don't think e-readers will totally replace books anytime soon. But they do provide solutions to some reading problems. I didn't think I wanted one but now I am very glad I have it.
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    Slowly, ever so slowly I'm being drawn toward the eventual possiblilty of trying this non bookish book. I can see some of the benefits, though I admit, the idea of not feeling and smelling my book takes away half the fun, but there are case where it would be nice to have some of the other features. Possibly...just possibly. emoticon
    3679 days ago
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    I haven't yet met anyone who has said, "I don't really like my Kindle." Everyone I know who has one says, "YAY!" and can't imagine giving it up. I'm in this group. Even the most die hard book fans who love, love, love the smell, feel, and page-turning of real paper books find the Kindle and "real" books can easily co-exist. I'll have to try out the text-to-speech feature. Thanks for sharing!
    3680 days ago
  • MT2021
    Thanks, I am moving it that direction and your blog has helped alot.
    3682 days ago
    I listen to audio books from Audible.com. I can load them onto my mp3 player. Its good for the same reasons you mention about kindle text to speech. I like listening to stories while walking.
    3682 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your experiences with it. Sounds good!

    3683 days ago
    I used to get travel sick if I tried to read, or even map-read, but somewhere over the years I got over it. So there's hope. The read-aloud feature is a great idea, as long as it doesn't sound like Steven Hawking. Though I suspect it might have difficulty with some of the historicals. Talking books are another possibility, can you borrow them from your library? I find them very expensive to buy.

    3683 days ago
    I have my iPad set up to act as a reader. I'm pretty comfortable with it, but it's not as portable as a kindle. I'm moving slowly in that direction. I really do like the paper books, though.
    3684 days ago
    Thanks for yur comments on my friend feed. I am just not computer literate enough for any of this i just seem to mess up any computer I touch. I do not know enough to get the job done but I definetly know too much so then I mess it all up. You are so smart HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon my smart emoticon Pat
    3684 days ago
  • no profile photo RODEORHI83
    I am with you on the hesitation at first; however I am also with you on the Yay!

    I have been a book lover from the age of dot, and not just the reading, but the books themselves. So I was very dubious about the whole e-reader concept. Then, I got one, and now I am deployed to Africa and boy is it great. I didnt have to drag my entire weighty collection over here, and also do not have to go without. And I can read on the elliptical without getting the pages of books all messed up with sweat :^)
    3684 days ago
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