sell it to me... i love to read and when i want to read i have not been to the library and have nothing to read, can you access everything including all the jill mansell trashy chick flit you can muster - are they costly to buy the reading material - can you get anything decent for free? Will the libraries close if we all start getting kindles because i couldnt live with that on my conscience? Advise please - i love technology but do i need a kindle?
I was really anti them, but DH got me one when DS was born and I love it!
You can get all sorts to read on them, there's loads of trash available
Sometimes it's cheaper to buy them for kindle than in paperback. But there are quite a lot of illegal ways to get books for free of very little. There are sellers on ebay for example that have a disc of recent chick lit for say £2, which might have 500 books on it. There's one seller with a random selection of 9000 books, I think, for about £4.
Plus if you know someone else with one there is now a two week lend-a-book function, so you could share them around.
The stuff that's free is all classic literature - Austen, Bronte, Dickens etc etc. But I like having a load of it on my kindle. It means if I fancy reading Nicholas Nickleby I don't have to cart an enormous paperback around with me. It makes me more likely to read it.
I don't think the libraries will suffer because of kindles. But some of them lend ebooks now.
Pluses: it is very light, you can get books instantly, long battery life, you are never without a book.
Negatives: it is "too easy" to get books, ie you order them with one click/ no credit card details. I end up spending more than I intend. Don't assume you can get all books - I wanted "To Kill a Mockingbird", that's not on Kindle.
I was very anti because I thought they were another gadget which will become obselete before you know it. However, I have to plough through reams of government policy on education for my teacher training. Printing it out would cost a fortune in ink and paper. It would also be an eco-nightmare. There will also be lots of changes to said policy. I was told I can upload PDFs on to a Kindle?
I don't have much spare time these days but the idea of being able to have a couple of books on hand is appealing.
Most people on my course have them, as well as laptops and smartphones. They don't have to buy school shoes, weekend shoes and winter coats however!