Friday, March 4, 2011

The Kindle 3G + Wi Fi

Got the Kindle the other day and am loving it.  It's easy to navigate and incredibly easy to download books.  There is no wireless set up with this particular model because it has built-in free 3G connectivity which uses the same wireless signals that cell phones do.  And, there are no monthly fees and you can download from just about anywhere without having to find a "hot spot." 

I ordered a bookcover for protection -- purple, of course.

My first download was a free book, "Letters of a Woman Homesteader."  It is a collection of letters written by Elinor Pruitt Stewart who, as a widow, travelled with her 2-year old daughter to Wyoming from Denver in 1909 to claim  a 160 acre homestead, made possible by the recently passed Homestead Act.  Mrs. Stewart was a true feminist in every sense of the word.

It's fascinating reading about her adventures, courage, and general living conditions of the times in the West.
She exhibits an indomitable positive spirit in the face of hardships and danger.   She doesn't complain or whine but goes about daily chores and living with a wonderful sense of purpose.  She shows you Wyoming through her eyes. 

I'm amazed at how unselfish and caring these Americans were on the frontier.   Nothing was much of an imposition be it harsh weather or the number of miles to be traveled.  She writes about several widows in the area who seem to have the same attitude and joy. 

The light comes in handy and can be rotated.

The pockets in the cover are perfect for the quick reference guide and business cards.

Many or most of the classics are available in the Kindle format and are free!  Can't beat that.  One of my favorite movies is Pride and Prejudice, the 1995 TV mini-series, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.  I've never read the book.  Pride and Prejudice is one of the free downloads at Amazon.  That is next on my list.

Until next time, God bless.


DJan said...

How wonderful! It seems just about perfect, Lynn. I still like to have an actual book with pages to turn but I am soon going to feel like I'm in the stone age. So glad you are enjoying it!

Donna said...

I have a Kindle as well...Love all the freebies!
Happy weekend Miz Lynn!!
PS- My favorite is Emma...

Ann said...

one of the girls I work with reads all the time and has been wanting an e reader ever since they first came out. She finally bought herself one this past Christmas (also a kindle) and she's loving it. She has one of those cute little lights like you have and a cover but hers isn't a pretty purple like your is.

Karen M said...

Love my Kindle! I have the same one as you. My cover is a little different, but I have the same light. Got mine for Christmas and couldn't put it down for about 10 days, then had to get back into my real world of working too much. You will LOVE it!

Rae said...

I like that purple cover. Mine is plain old black. If you like word games, try the free games that Amazon offers for Kindle. I am hooked on the game Every Word. Also check Kindle's top 100 free books list often. Amazon randomly puts 5 star top seller books on the free list for one day only. I have scooped up quite a few good books that way. The very next day they are back on the $12.99 list.

Donna said...

I am so glad that you got one and enjoying it! Hubby surprised me with one last year for my birthday. I read more now that ever before! It's just so handy. I agree on the ease of use and downloads. And I've got a ton of the free classics downloaded and ready for me to dive into! Right now, I am reading the entire Vince Flynn action series and have perhaps 2 more books to go!

Love that purple case too!

Crafty Sue said...

Lee I am happy for you, it must be a precious device to have. As for Pride and Prejudice it is among my favorite classics, I read it a very long time ago and maybe it is about time I re-read it again.
Enjoy your weekend with your new toy!

Janice said...

I have the Kindle app on my iphone although I havent bought any books yet. I will have to check out the free book you mentioned. It sounds like a great read!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I'm still on the fence about these.

Glad you like it.

Lynn said...

Rednick, this is one of the most enjoyable purchases I've made.

I received a 14-page pdf file through email and I'm just about out of black ink for the printer. I emailed the pdf file to my Kindle account, requested the file be converted, downloaded the converted file to the Kindle, and it works great. I can make notes as needed.

I could read the original pdf file without sending it to be converted to the Kindle format, but the print was tiny, tiny, and tiny. All done at no extra cost to me.

I've read 3 or 4 books download for free since I got it last week. Rae told me to check for specials on recently published books which I'm doing too.

I'm thrilled with it.