Kindle and other reading machines

The trouble with the Kindle, is that Amazon doesn’t sell Kindle (eBook) versions of recent books, or books I want to read. I guess they don’t go electronic with a product until enthusiasm has flagged, because they make more money from hardcopy sales. The list of Kindle books is limited. The newest Preston & Child book, Cemetery Dance, is not available, nor is the selection from my book club for June, Story Like the Wind. Since I’m in Mexico most of the time, I bought a Kindle as a solution to schlepping books from the USA. At first, I couldn’t get what I wanted, but now it’s getting a lot better.

It’s quite frustrating because unlike some of my friends in other areas of Merida, our mail delivery is so bad that Amazon won’t ship to me down here any more. Two shipments went astray. Other people get books in the mail, but not us. The Kindle is a solution.

Barnes & Noble has an eBook reader called the Nook. I looked up the eBooks on B&N and they do offer Cemetery Dance, but not Story Like the Wind. I don’t think you can download B&N books to Amazon’s Kindle reader nor can you download Amazon’s eBooks to the Nook. I knew that when I purchased the reader, and thought Amazon would have the best selection of eBooks. I didn’t check thoroughly or I might have bought the Nook.

The eBook library available for the new Apple iPad is embarrassingly bad. It’s called iBooks and it’s a mess. I know it’s a new product and a new area for them, but perhaps they should hook up with B&N or some other retailer. The iPad is not really for book readers, or at least it isn’t right now.

I love getting the New York Times on my Kindle, although it takes some getting used to in the small format. It is a neat little machine, the text is wonderfully readable, and I have to say I prefer it to a paper book, because it’s easier to manage. It’s tiny and light, and I put it in my bag. The battery lasts ten hours. I have about 20 books on it right now (it holds 1,000, supposedly) so I can read whatever I’m in the mood for. It holds your place from the previous reading session.

When you find a section of text that you like, you can highlight it and save it in a special file elsewhere.

There are no page numbers, but it tells you the percent of the book you have read.

I love reading on it my Kindle.

Order one here. Now down to $139.00

About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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