Kindle Evangelist

I hate to waste time.  Despise it.  Waiting in line somewhere, anywhere.  Driving (I mean riding) in the car.  Riding the bike in the gym.  Whenever there is a moment to learn something, I like to take advantage of it.  I used to carry two or three books with me everywhere I went.  I am always reading at least a couple- one self-help book, one business book, and usually a teaching manual or step-by-step reference book of some sort. Obviously carrying these books around was a pain.

Until I bought The Kindle.

Now I’m sure much of this is true for other e-Readers.  But I don’t have other e-Readers, so I can’t speak to them.  I have a Kindle.  And it has been a tremendous asset.  Here are some of the many reasons I recommend buying one:

  1. Carry around as many books as you want– Now when I’m heading out of the house, I don’t need to decide which books to bring along.  I can take them all without the extra weight or space.  I can actually travel now without a backpack AND a laptop bag.
  2. Highlights and Notes– One reason I was skeptical about using an e-Reader was that I’ve always enjoyed highlighting things I find interesting or important.  For some of my books, I’d also write notes in the margins. But obviously the space in books is limited.  Not only can you do both of those things (highlight text and add notes) with the Kindle, but finding or sorting through those notes and highlights is extremely easy.  Now I can actually go back and read what I thought was important when I first read it.  Because I’ll admit it: 90% of what I’ve highlighted over my life never got read again.
  3. Get it Now– This might actually be a negative to some, but not for me.  When I’m excited about reading something, maybe because someone’s referred it or I can’t wait to learn something new, I want the book now.  I’m an Amazon Prime member, so I get most items in two days.  But with the Kindle, I can get books in two minutes!  Two minutes faster for me to start learning and growing.
  4. Less Expensive– Even though you might buy more books because it’s so easy to click the button and get it right away (See #3), the books are less expensive than their hard and soft copy brethren.  Most are around $10 and you can even preview books- usually several pages- before purchasing.
  5. Quick and Easy Search– You ever remember part of something you read before that you wanted to refer to.  I do it all the time.  “I read [this or that] somewhere, but I can’t remember.”  With the Kindle, you can search across every book in your library for keywords.  You can then scroll through the list of the found items to find what you’re looking for.
  6. Cross Platform Application and Software– I found out recently that I can get a Kindle App for my Android phone.  Then I learned I can download software for my laptop.  Because the books are stored on Amazon’s servers, they are available across all of these platforms.  Moreover, you can sync the many devices you are using, so if you are reading a book on the Kindle, then later want to read the same book on your phone, you can sync the two so that you can start right where you left off.  Now, if I forget my kindle at home or in the office, or I don’t want to appear too impatient and nerdy, I can read on my phone.  With the software application, I can toggle between work that I’m doing and a book that I need to reference.

It has been more than useful owning my Kindle.  It has made learning and remembering easier than I ever imagined.  I don’t know how I survived without it.  Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration; but I like it a lot!

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About bbluford
I am an executive finance professional with a love for process and application development (MS Access, Excel, Quickbooks), mostly as it relates to Accounting and Business Functions. I also love to write and share ideas with other people in this world. I'm an admitted Gym Rat who works out excessively. The best summation of me is that I love to teach and to learn.

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