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Initial post: Sep 4, 2013 2:52:27 PM PDT
Yes, I'm one of the current Paperwhite owners who quickly pre-ordered the new model. The new features look great - especially GoodReads integration - but I'm really excited about FreeTime. I want to set up an account for myself with those reading goals and so I can earn badges!! Anyone else interested in using the feature for themselves instead of their kids? I think it would be fun to use, even if it's meant as a parental control feature.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 2:54:21 PM PDT
Mike says:
Not me.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 2:55:45 PM PDT
The Artist says:
I read for the pleasure of reading, not to win rewards/awards.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 2:55:59 PM PDT
Dittie says:
Nope, not in the least.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 2:56:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 4, 2013 2:57:18 PM PDT
"I want to set up an account for myself with those reading goals and so I can earn badges!!"

I'm just going to post this link and slowly back out of the room...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqomZQMZQCQ

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 3:01:45 PM PDT
I'm confused. You want a badge to reward yourself for reading? Feel you need to have a written goal of pages read to motivate you to read?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:01:51 PM PDT
I use a readers journal I got on Amazon. It doesn't give me badges but I get the same satisfaction as I fill up the pages with the books I read.

The Book Lover's Journal (Reading Journal, Book Journal, Organizer)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:04:20 PM PDT
JES says:
I would find it embarrassing using a program designed for kids.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 3:06:50 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I have no interest in it but can understand some people like to have goals for things like reading. The Audible app has "badges".

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:39:54 PM PDT
Nope. In fact, I snorted at the idea of needing to use it for children. But then, I come from a family of readaholics who find all the reward they need in simply absorbing the written word.

Can't you just reward yourself? Do you really need a computerised device to do it for you?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:47:11 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I was the geeky child who lived for things like the Summer Reading program at the public library. I still keep track of books I read. I can tell you how many I have read per year. With Shelfari, I can also tell you how many pages I have read. Shelfari and Goodreads have goals you can set. So, there are a lot of people who do that. I do enjoy reading just for the sake of reading but the bean counter in me likes to see the statistical data.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 3:48:55 PM PDT
Wow, I guess my love of badges and fun isn't welcome here. I think the badges are a neato side feature! I read because I love to read - not FOR awards of any kind - but thought the idea of getting badges might appeal to others besides me. There is no shame in enjoying a feature that is geared toward kids, or in celebrating a certain number of pages or minutes read.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:50:11 PM PDT
Yep, same here! I use Goodreads now and wish I had data on my earlier reading days. Fascinating stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:52:02 PM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
No.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:54:42 PM PDT
Dittie says:
No one said there was any shame in it, but then, that's not what you asked. Twisting it is the childish part.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 4:12:02 PM PDT
TuxGirl says:
I like the idea of the badges, if its well done. Kobo has some really cool ones in its reading life system, like some for reading at certain times of day (for example, between midnight and 2am) or reading certain types of books, completing a book longer than a certain size, etc. they also have a bunch of secret ones, that you don't know about until you get it. That sounds fun to me. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 4:52:09 PM PDT
JES said he'd be embarrassed to use a program designed for kids. I don't think my response about shame was unwarranted.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 5:10:37 PM PDT
I think there's a big difference between self-consciousness/awkwardness and humiliation/distress. A result of the difference between doing something a bit silly and doing something actually wrong.

But YMMV.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 5:55:54 PM PDT
JES says:
I would be embarrassed. I have know idea what you would be embarrassed about. And if it doesn't embarrass you, I am fine with that.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 10:11:22 PM PST
J. P. Burke says:
I'm not sure why people are so hostile to this idea. I'm interested in using FreeTime just for the metrics. I'd be interested to discover how much I'm reading over a long period of time.
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