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Initial post: Aug 6, 2013 2:49:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 6, 2013 3:00:35 AM PDT
B. Hartman says:
What is a nice kindle story that affected you? Many of us have more than one, and that's fine. This is a thread for kindle owners to tell stories about "how kindle made me happy."

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 2:57:26 AM PDT
B. Hartman says:
I'll start. This board has made me happy. Without kindle, this give-and-take would not exist. I have made friends due to the kindle boards. That is a good thing. Whether it be discussing plots, themes, subject matter, or book covers, it's a good thing to have kindle friends.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 3:14:48 AM PDT
B. Hartman says:
I never would have read The Lodger , that's for sure. Knowing Hitchcock made a film of it is extra cool. I really liked the story and it was free. That's one way kindle made me happy.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 4:34:58 AM PDT
Arieswoman says:
"how kindle made me happy."
My Kindle has given me many free books from several web sites. I cannot afford to buy all that many and do borrow ebooks from my library. My Kindle has made me very happy and enjoy it very much. I have a paper white and a KF HD. Love them both.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 4:57:38 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I read so much more since getting my Kindle, many free or borrowed from the library. My library has limited hours and is a bit of a hassle to get to. I can borrow books and magazines any time of the day or night without leaving my house.

I've recently started riding the bus to work. Kindle is my friend for these trips.

I gave my mother a Kindle. She likes that it is easier to hold than a book, she can increase the font size and she gets a lot of free books.

I've also made some good friends on this forum. Have met a few face-to-face.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 5:27:51 AM PDT
Me, too about getting to the Library; mine has limited hours. My Kindle allows access to limitless, uncountable books! If you've ever been casting about at 11:40 on a Saturday night, desperate to find something, ANYthing to read, because you've read all your Library books, and can't get more until after work on Monday, you know what a miracle the Kindle is!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2013 5:35:39 AM PDT
**M€¥@** says:
You have an interesting Wish List B. Hartman. I've added a couple to my own.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2013 5:43:39 AM PDT
I'll second that! Not just because my library has limited hours, but also because it has limited stock, and I have physical difficulty getting there.

Kindle = books by magic :-)

Oh, and one can find THE most fascinating old stuff in the public domain. Captain Cook's journals, Charles Darwin's letters, Bulwer-Lytton's painful efforts (which I dipped into out of sheer curiosity because I love the annual Bulwer-Lytton contest) - I'd probably never have found any of them in hard copy.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 5:49:48 AM PDT
"Kindle = books by magic."

This. And as has been mentioned in many a thread: No storing, no sorting, no dusting, no moving, no deteriorating.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 5:51:52 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
We used to get more posts on this forum that were along the lines of "I could no longer read because of my eyesight but now I can!" or "My family member with a reading disability has suddenly fallen in love with reading because of the Kindle".

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2013 6:08:11 AM PDT
I think when the concept of Kindles, and e-readers in general, was still fairly unknown and new, and people discovered the "magic", they were excited at the novelty.

That "Woo-Hoo! This is awesome!" made them post about it. But now that we're used to e-readers, the posts are mostly complaints when something goes wrong.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 7:29:39 AM PDT
"Books by magic."

This. A thousand times this. Books any time, day or night. Virtual stacks and stacks and stacks of books - and over all, I've spent less than I would have for the same paper books.

Audio books - I discovered audio books through my Kindle, although now I listen to them on my phone.

My reading horizons have broadened...I've discovered new books and authors thanks to my Kindle and the posters here.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2013 8:43:01 AM PDT
LJA says:
My kids no longer fear me taking over another closet, the spare room's spacious walk in is floor to ceiling books. I'm going to try to reduce them to some keepers and do away with the two old dressers in the basement that are also filled with books ready to go into troop care packages I send through booksforsoldiers.com

I can often pick up old classics for nothing.

I don't have to worry about a book cover that isn't 'G' rated while sitting in a waiting room with young kids.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 9:05:15 AM PDT
Mark says:
I'l chime in.:) I cut cable Television. I now read on my Kindle more than ever! I borrow Kindle books from the local library and download many classic titles for free from Amazon and Project Gutenberg. It's nice to see the monthly Time Warner bill cut by more than half! (I still have internet). The Kindle has more than filled the void. (I put up an antenna for local Free OTA televison.) Let's face it, there's NOTHING on T.V. but, there's always something worthwhile on my Kindle.:) For example, I FINALLY read "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." A delightful book and nice to see how it differs form the classic film.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2013 9:51:52 AM PDT
KAragon says:
My mom's failing eyesight is what prompted me to purchase the first kindle for my family in April 2009. It was supposed to be a birthday present for her but I was so excited about it that I gave it to her early. My dad had his a month later and I had mine two months after that. I don't think any of us have read a paper book since. I know I tried it once early on and ended up buying it on kindle after two or three chapters.

What I personally like best about it is how the genres I read has expanded. After our local store closed I spent more than five years limiting myself to whatever Costco or Target had on their shelves. Between suggestions by posters here and the also boughts, I have found some new things to try. I'm even reading sff after adding my nephew to my account while he has been trying my mystery/thriller books.

Sharing an account with my parents works great too. My parents don't read the same things but I overlap with both of them. Kind of a mini book club.

I also like my phone app. I used to download whatever novel I was reading to the phone but now I mostly just download short stories to it. It's pretty nice to find that I always have some sort of short form reading available when I'm stuck waiting somewhere.

Anyway, my mom still says the kindle was the best present she has ever received and that means a lot to me even though I know she's probably saying that to make me feel good.

Thanks for starting this thread. Like Folina said, this forum used to be filled with "this is awesome" posts with all kinds of tips and tricks that were quite fun to read. Am I really feeling nostalgic for 2009?

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 10:51:49 AM PDT
scoutyjones says:
My Mom told me that my brothers and sisters were the best present she ever got! :(

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 11:11:37 AM PDT
Several times, while at the theatre I have decided I wanted to read the book the play was based on. So during intermission I pulled out my Kindle and downloaded the book from the Kindle store--and spent the rest of the intermission reading, then went on the finish the book after getting home from the play. :-)

On the same note, while traveling I have gotten the yen to read a book I own. So I downloaded it from my archive instantly.

Love my Kindle!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2013 11:20:05 AM PDT
A friend of mine, whose hubby is very craftsmanlike, had him put bookshelves with built-in bookends above every door in their house. I mean, this is in addition to one entire wall of their livingroom being bookshelves. There are at least 16 of them over doors and pass-throughs throughout the house.

Most of them are paperbacks they've collected over the years. I'm not sure why they keep them, but they do; they don't pass them on. They consider them decorative, perhaps, or a testament to the fact that they are readers.

But it's a LOT of books. I suppose the difference visually is that I have as many books, but you can't tell that by walking into my house.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2013 11:46:04 AM PDT
LJA says:
Yea mine are kinda hid, the closet is about 4'x6' with vaulted ceiling 9.5'. Has shelves on three sides and a hanging rack over the door. Our old house had tiny closets so everything went in drawers and I picked up and refinished about any solid wood dresser I found. These went in the basement when we moved as the girls opted for closet systems. I have used them to file away books for my care packages. I have a suspence drawer, a mystery drawer, si fi, and so on.

My oldest came home and said her friends got a kick out of her talking about my closet smut.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2013 11:48:34 AM PDT
Or... Smut Closet, as it were! LOLOL

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2013 12:01:02 PM PDT
LJA says:
;)

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 12:09:28 PM PDT
Artist says:
I injured both my hands about 15 years ago and it was hard for me to hold books, even paperbacks, so I read very little for the 12 years between my injury and my first Kindle. I read 17 books in the first 21 days I had my Kindle! I was also able to read without my glasses because I could make the font larger.

I got rid of most of my books prior to getting a Kindle because I was moving into a smaller apartment. For the few years prior to that, I would pass on a book that I had read and told the person to either keep it or pass it along to someone else, because I didn't want it back. I'm really glad that I don't have to deal with storing physical books any more.

A friend of mine has a kind of dyslexia that she has trouble reading across an entire book page. She could read articles in magazines easily, though. I showed her my Kindle, she bought one, and can now read anything she wants to because of the narrower margins of the Kindle.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 12:09:33 PM PDT
scoutyjones says:
Yep, no more fire hazard with a Kindle to house my books...how interesting that it's named Kindle, but makes my house less of a fire hazard!

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 2:43:45 PM PDT
I love the "Books by Magic"! Exactly how I feel! :)
I donated 3 trunk loads of books and I don't miss any of them. I haven't bought a DTB or a magazine in two years, My wallet is very happy.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2013 3:14:39 PM PDT
I'm glad my "books by magic" struck a chord with so many others - now I just want Amazon to use it as a slogan and pay me royalties :-)

I'm another who discovered audio books on my kindle (which is a good argument for bringing audio capability back to the e-inks), though I've now switched to an mp3 player (bought from Amazon on purpose) for listening.
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