May 20, 2011

Loving my Kindle..

According to Goodreads, I have 192 e-books loaded on my Kindle.  Seems a little crazy when you consider I've only had the thing for a little over four months.  That breaks down to an average of 48 books a month.  Wow.

Of course, I've only spent a small amount of money on those 192 books.  Why?  Well, the most obvious reason is because of the free classics. 

The Time Machine
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I think you get the idea.  I'm excited that my Kindle gives me the opportunity to read these titles with ease.  A quick search on Amazon is all it takes to add these often thought about books to my electronic to-be-read pile. 

But that's not the only thing Amazon's got going for it.  They also have limited-time promotional offers. I love those just as much as I love the free classics.  As a truly voracious reader, I'm not afraid to explore genres.  In fact, I prefer to switch it up from time to time.  Although these titles likely aren't free any more, they were when I purchased them.

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Again, I think you get the idea.  The limited-time freebies change with surprising frequency, which is why I probably have so many.  I check at least once a week for new and potentially interesting books.  Some will be great, some will be good, and some will probably be complete clunkers, but they're free, so who cares?  At least, that's how I look at it. 

Of course, I've bought a few titles, too.  The majority have been for $5 or less.  This is where I think the publishers/writers are starting to get savvy.  I'm willing to pay a reasonable price for a book. So, I buy the first book in a series for $5.  Get hooked.  Completely and utterly hooked, and since this is a series, I'm compelled to go buy book #2, and then book #3...at full price because I'm hooked.  I want to know what happens next.  I need to know.

Now in the world of brick and mortar, my time is precious.  Finding a spare minute to run to a book store where the next title may or may not be available is tricky.  Amazon is instant gratification (as long as the funds are available for said purchase).

Yep, I love my Kindle.