Kindle Review

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As I type this, I’m somewhere over Minnesota.


It’s been a long day, and I must admit that I’m a little nervous about tomorrow’s back-to-back Operation Beautiful presentations – one at 9 AM to the Ivanhoe high school, and another at 7 PM for the parents.  One of the students and her mother personally fundraised me bring me out, which is GREAT but adds to the pressure.  You’d think I’d be cool with public speaking, but it still shakes me sometimes!   I guess I just don’t want to disappoint. 


On a more positive note, the food in the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport ROCKED.


I was pleasantly surprised to find numerous delicious options in the airport, but I decided to go with a little café that was near my gate.  I ordered the grilled cheese with red peppers and tomatoes, plus an organic greens salad.


Pretty amazing airport food, huh?


And since I’m flying Delta, I had the infamous Biscoff cookies for dessert.  The flight attendant is coming around with extra… might have to snag some!


And last, but not least, I’m currently sipping on this Naked Red Machine smoothie.  According to the wrapper, the smoothie contains the juice of: 13 raspberries, 11 strawberries, 3 cranberries, 1.5 apples, 1/4 a pomegranate, 1/3 an orange, 1/2 a banana, and 7 red grapes.  Neat!


So… time for a review of my new Kindle!


The Husband got me a Kindle for my birthday, but I haven’t had a chance to use it until now.  I tore through the deliciously melodramatic A Friend of the Family (my book for book club) on the Kindle during my first flight and thought it was a wonderful reading experience!  As an author and a book-lover, I have to say that I do love the feel (and the smell!) of reading an actual book more than reading an electronic book – but seriously, the Kindle is so light, easy to read, and glare-free that I can’t find much to complain about.


I checked out a friend’s color Nook, and while I do think it was pretty, the significantly cheaper (but still $$$) black-and-white Kindle serves its purpose quite well.  


Plus, although the Kindle was a costly investment, buying books via the Kindle was much cheaper than buying an actual book.  And I hear that some cities have their libraries available for free to be enjoyed on e-readers like the Kindle!  I might just be an e-book convert after all.  I think a Kindle would be a GREAT gift for any book-lover in your life!


Next on my reading list:  Water for Elephants


Do you use an e-book? Or are you a real book aficionado who enjoying inhaling that deliciously musty book scent?



  • steph May 8, 2011, 10:14 pm

    I don’t think I can ever convert to an e-book. I like the feeling of turning the pages and having the actual book in my hands. I also like when aunts, friends, etc pass books along to me and that obviously can’t be done when they are electronic.

  • Susan May 8, 2011, 10:15 pm

    The BF bought me the Nook Color for v-day. I thought about the Kindle and the lower price was tempting, but I eventually want to stop the magazine subscriptions I get in the mail. Reading magazines in B&W just wasn’t pleasing to me. I’m eagerly waiting for my library to get e-books. I still have a HUGE collection of real books and I alternate between those and the Nook.

  • Kalli May 8, 2011, 10:17 pm

    Gosh I am torn! I love books but also like the convenience of a kindle. I love how the high school fundraiser for you! Good idea. I will have to talk to our pto because I still really want you to come to my school.

  • Wendy May 8, 2011, 10:20 pm

    I don’t use an e-reader, but my (rather small) local library has an awesome selection of digital audiobooks and e-books available for download!

    • Baking 'n' Books May 8, 2011, 10:24 pm

      You can access your library on-line you mean? For your computer to read on? Or only for those with e-readers?

      • Wendy May 8, 2011, 10:31 pm

        Yes, I can get on my library’s website and can download audiobooks (and I assume e-books – I’ve never tried them) from my computer. I can listen to the audiobooks on my computer or transfer them to an mp3 player to listen to (that’s what I usually do). Actually, now that I look at it, I think I could also download an e-book to read on my computer. All I had to do was download the free software. Here’s the link to my library’s digital page if you want to see:

        • Baking 'n' Books May 8, 2011, 10:32 pm

          Thanks! Hmm…listen to a book on my computer?! Intriguing…

        • Allison @ Happy Tales May 8, 2011, 11:35 pm

          I can do the same thing from my library! I upload the books to my ipod and “read” them while I’m out running… I LOVE it!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 8, 2011, 10:21 pm

    I love reading books…..haven’t used an e-reader thing yet, but sounds fun! And portable! I love reading….. SO much 🙂 Love your lunch/ dinner idea too!

    P.s. you are going to ROCK it tomorrow!!!

  • Baking 'n' Books May 8, 2011, 10:23 pm

    I thought the Kindle was more expensive and fancy than the Color Nook?? Can somebody tell me what their differences are?

    I don’t think I’ll be buying one anytime soon! (I think it would be too easy for me to ‘give in’ and spend money to download without realizing it) – is it really cheaper to buy that way? I wonder if the free selections are fairly new books?

    It does seem so great though – although it’s easy for me to carry a book in my bag…I still feel like I’d read more if I had one to be honest – I’d be more engaged and turn off the TV and stuff (yes, I know that makes no sense!). With books – there are so many here now that I want to read – I don’t know where to begin!

    • Katie Oakley May 8, 2011, 10:52 pm

      The Kindle is $139, the Nook is $149, and the Nook color is $250. Nook color is way more than just a tablet though- my mom has one, and she goes online on it, can play board games (she loves UNO on there), and reads magazines, along with reading other books. I have a Nook and love it, I chose it over the Kindle because the Nook can take on a lot more file types than the Kindle and if my nook breaks, I can take it into a B&N store and have someone there look at it. You can also read a lot of books for free if you’re sitting in a B&N store. I also really don’t like the keyboard on the Kindle, but for a lot of people that pushes them away from the Nook and towards the Kindle- it’s definitely all personal opinion! I used to be a person that said I would never be able to read anything that wasn’t paper in my hand, but I *love* having an e-reader, I read so much more now!

      • Susan May 8, 2011, 11:15 pm

        I love the Nook Color and if you jail break it, you can use it like a tablet. The Kindle 3-G is $189. The Kindle has way longer battery life and the e-ink, but I’m never going to take my Nook on a backpacking trip, which is the only time I’d be without electricity and I’ve been outside and haven’t had a problem reading.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) May 8, 2011, 10:28 pm

    I’m one of those people who have to physically have paper in my hands to comprehend something. Except for blog reading, I can’t comprehend anything that I read on the web unless I print it out!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now May 8, 2011, 10:30 pm

    Thanks for the review. I’m thinking of putting an e-reader on my Christmas list this year. I’m still not leaning in any certain product’s direction, so it was nice to hear your opinion on the Kindle. How much cheaper are the books to buy from the Kindle versus traditional bookstore?

    • Caitlin May 8, 2011, 10:32 pm

      The two I’ve bought have been $4 – $6

      • maria @ Chasing the Now May 8, 2011, 10:34 pm

        Wow! That is a lot cheaper than buying a new book at the store. Thanks for the reply–makes me even more eager for an e-reader!

  • hippierunner May 8, 2011, 10:33 pm

    Hey Caitlin, make sure you write your name and email in your kindle and on the kindle cover. I found one and it is impossible to return without that information! If you lose it and contact Amazon, they will (unfortunately) not help you find it. Just wanted to give a heads-up!

    Glad you found yummy airport food! I bet you will rock the presentations tomorrow!

  • Liz May 8, 2011, 10:34 pm

    I’ve been wanting a kindle for a while, and I found out that you can LEND books for 14 days to other people with kindles.

    There is also a site called that hooks you up with people with the book you want to borrow. I’m all for buying books (I used to work for a publishing co) but this is a super cool feature!

    PS when I get my kindle I’ll let you know! We can be lending buddies!!

  • Jenn May 8, 2011, 10:34 pm

    I LOVE my Kindle. The only problem is I find myself spending WAY too much money on books; it is just too easy. I like that I have the capability to read the first few chapters before deciding to buy the book:)

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef May 8, 2011, 10:37 pm

    i’m in library school & just did a big project about e-readers…fun! i’ve never used one though. i think that e-readers will make a big impact in the future though i don’t think print books are going anywhere for the time being. i do think e-readers will be awesome in the future for textbooks once digital rights issues are resolved. glad you liked the kindle! good luck tomorrow 🙂

  • Amanda May 8, 2011, 10:42 pm

    I just got a Kindle for my bday a few weeks ago too! I originally resisted because I do like having a real book, the accomplishment of getting to the final pages, and having books on a bookshelf. But, I ride the train to work every day and carry a book with me, so the kindle is SO much easier! I also sat in the sun yesterday and LOVED that I could read it with no glare, and didnt have to struggle to hold the book open/turn pages with one hand (to not ruin my sun tan haha). I also think it’d be great at the gym! No complaints here 🙂

  • Nikky May 8, 2011, 10:43 pm

    I got the same Kindle for my birthday last month. My mom’s apparently been saving for it for months. It’s AWESOME. I do love the feel of a real book, but the Kindle is SO convenient. I’ve managed to read about six times as many books as I would have otherwise.

  • Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous May 8, 2011, 10:45 pm

    I do LOVE the musty book scent. I frequent my local library constantly for fresh reading material. Can’t beat 100% free (as long as you return on-time)


  • Kacy May 8, 2011, 10:45 pm

    I love my kindle! I still prefer books though.

  • Trista May 8, 2011, 10:47 pm

    I used to work at MSP and could not get enough of that sandwich at French Meadow Bakery! Yummm! Luckily they have a location in Uptown Mpls so I can still get my fix occasionally! Glad you were able to find it!

  • k May 8, 2011, 10:50 pm

    I don’t think you can get books from the library for a Kindle. The format Amazon uses for their e-books is exclusive for Kindles and I don’t know if it is the library’s can’t loan out these kinds of e-books, or chose not too – but I think most librarys have Adobe EPUB books that won’t work on Kindles (but do work on Nooks or Sony e-readers, or PCs/Macs.

    • Mel May 8, 2011, 11:43 pm

      So far, Amazon has not allowed kindles to be used for library books, but I just read that will be changing later this year.

      I have a sony reader because it is library format compatible (most library ebooks are a special kind of PDF or an EPUB).

      I thought for a long time that the non-Kindle compatibility was the library’s choice, but it’s Amazon’s choice not to make their device compatible with these formats. Lame of Amazon, and I’m glad this will be changing!

      • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake May 9, 2011, 8:52 am

        Totally agree, Mel! That was a big deciding factor for me in choosing a Nook. I hate that Amazon greedily decided to force you into buying every single piece of content for Kindle. I’m very glad to hear it will be compatible with the ePub format soon.

  • Genna May 8, 2011, 10:51 pm

    Hey! Do you happen to know the name of the cafe that you ate at? Was it French Meadow by any chance? I spend a LOT of time in the MSP airport (I live in Minneapolis) and I am always looking for tasty food when I travel. Also, welcome to Minnesota- you picked a good week to be here as it was snowing last week! I’m sure they are going to LOVE your presentation.

  • Gracie (complicated day) May 8, 2011, 10:52 pm

    My aunt loves her Nook and our library system is on it, but I am far too in love with the actual trip to the library. We went once a week growing up and I looked forward to Wednesday afternoons all week. To this day I feel excited when I walk into the hushed chill of the library and smell the paper and bindings!

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 8, 2011, 10:53 pm

    I’ve always wanted a Kindle, but I’m not really sure that I would use it as often as I’d like. It’s an awesome concept, but now that the prices of the e-books are rising, I don’t know if it’s worth it anymore.

    Good luck on your presentations tomorrow! I’m sure you’ll rock it 🙂

  • Sarah May 8, 2011, 10:53 pm

    water for elephants is seriously the best book I have EVER read. you will love it.

  • Julie May 8, 2011, 11:07 pm

    We purchased a Kindle for our daughter’s 16th birthday. She really likes it. A good hardback book is always preferred, but it’s nice to be able to buy a book while sitting in your room and be reading it a few moments later.
    Best wishes for your talks tomorrow!!!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 8, 2011, 11:10 pm

    I have a nook color and I love it. I thought I was a “I love real books” type of gal but I am totally converted. I love having all of my books available on my nook or also on my computer!

  • lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner May 8, 2011, 11:18 pm

    Growing up in the Midwest and now living in New York, I find myself at the MSP airport a lot. It really does have great food! I’ll be there a week from tomorrow and I can’t wait to stop into French Meadows Bakery (which I suspect is where you ate) for something yummy.
    I haven’t switched over to an ereader yet, I’m not sure I can. I love books so much. It would be really handy for traveling though. If I ever get my wish of owning an iPad, I will get books on that 🙂

  • Caity May 8, 2011, 11:22 pm

    Hey, I just stumbled across your site today! My name is Caitlin, too! I go by Caity on the internet, though. 🙂

    I absolutely LOVE my Kindle. I am glad you like it. Oh my goodness what lovely photos of the food and of the plane. I do love traveling. That seems super amazing for airport food!

  • Christine May 8, 2011, 11:24 pm

    I must say, I will never own an eReader- I love books way, way too much. I do understand the advantages, especially for people who travel, but I just can’t do it. My big wall of books is sacred and must continue to grow!

  • Jayme @ Runner and Spice May 8, 2011, 11:28 pm

    I read on the iBooks app on my iPad. I love it, and find I’m reading much faster w the ereader than without. Strange, no? It might be because i cant easily store it in my purse/ bag etc and take it out for a few pages no matter where I am.

    Currently, I’m reading “Let the Great world Spin”, so far so good.

    Safe travels! Good luck on your presentation tomorrow! Its a great cause, im sure youll do great.

  • Charlie May 8, 2011, 11:35 pm

    I like the feeling of reading a real book and since I don’t travel an eReader would not be that useful. But if I do travel a lot one day, I’d definitely get one. Even if I love real books, bringing books when you travel (which I did before) is not that great, especially since I’m the kind of person that brings 10 just to be sure I’ll have enough ;).

  • Emily May 8, 2011, 11:42 pm

    I have been wanting to get a Kindle for some time now, but have been hesitant to convert to e-readers. I was curious to read your review on it being a published author. I just wonder if going electronic will end up putting many people who print books out of business, as well as become like the music industry where many people do not actually purchase their music. I absolutely love to read, and I think the Kindle would be so convenient for me since I am rather busy with kids these days. I may just try and convince the hubby to get it for me for my birthday!

    How fun that you are in Minnesota! Good thing the weather is finally warming up! It was so cold last week. Good luck with your presentation tomorrow!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 8, 2011, 11:46 pm

    it makes me nervous to think that real paper books becoming obsolete, especially as an elementary school teacher!, but it does seem pure GENIUS!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence May 8, 2011, 11:46 pm

    Water for elephants is so good! enjoy:)

  • Wendy May 8, 2011, 11:57 pm

    I wobbled back and forth on getting a Kindle, until I was gifted one for my birthday! If I read a lot before, I read even more now (and devoured a few books during my first week)! Although I love the feel of a book, I love the convenience of this too, particularly during my travels. If I love a book enough, chances are, I will go and buy the physical copy if I will read it again and again. Unfortunately, some of the more technical stuff is only available in hardcopy.

    Lots of good, free content though! Lately, I have been checking for good deals now and again.

  • E May 9, 2011, 12:10 am

    I never thought I wanted an e-reader, but unfortunately, my book collection was just getting overwhelming. I read A LOT (favorite free time activity!) and have a bad habit of keeping all the books. So, I basically I got one as a way to house my library in a much smaller way 🙂 I bought a NOOK last summer & turns out, I do love it! The books are a little cheaper (particularly hardbacks) and I can read books for free while in Barnes & Noble. I do still read some ‘real’ books & get books from the library, but a good majority are electronic books. It’s also great to be able to buy a book anytime, anywhere and to not have to drag multiple books around (I can NEVER be anywhere without book – if I was near the end of one, I’d have to take another with me…).

    Enjoy Water for Elephants – recently read it & really liked it 🙂

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley May 9, 2011, 12:15 am

    I don’t think I could ever by an ereader. They seem cool, I just love my books so much. I love the smell, turning the pages, the weight in my hands. I’m a total nerd.

  • Khushboo May 9, 2011, 12:24 am

    Wow good luck with the presentations! Public speaking makes me so nervous! If I’m going to read a book, I prefer to go old school with an actual hard copy- it’s hard to cuddle up in bed with my laptop ;)!

  • Kim May 9, 2011, 12:24 am

    Seriously? There’s decent food at MSP? I’ve never found it, but I seem to always have to go to the Humphrey terminal, isn’t that terminal 2 now? Next time I fly out of the main terminal I’ll have to look around a bit more.

  • Michelle May 9, 2011, 12:33 am

    I just don’t think I could become an e-reader convert! I still like to have a printed manual versus the online version at work…I guess some habits die hard!

    Thanks for the shout out for MSP! I left MN 3 years ago and miss it terribly! Isn’t it funny how a comment, even about an airport, can help you feel reconnected? And you’ll rock tomorrow’s presentations.

  • Kristina @ spabettie May 9, 2011, 12:36 am

    I am always impressed with Minneapolis/St. Paul airport too!!

    I love to hold a book, turn the pages, and yes SMELL the book!! I am so glad you said that, so many people look at me funny for that!! (and I get caught sniffing books too…) I don’t have a reader and I’m okay with that!!

  • megan @ the oatmeal diaries May 9, 2011, 12:38 am

    I love my Kindle!! Enjoy Water For Elephants; it’s a great book 🙂

  • Kate @ Walking in the Rain May 9, 2011, 12:44 am

    My library loans nooks to patrons so they can take advantage of the e-books patrons can check out. I currently use my iphone to read e-books, but the screen is so small I get tired endlessly flipping though the “pages.”

    My book club read Water for Elephants earlier this year. Two people really liked it, two didn’t care for it, and I enjoyed the book but it wasn’t one of my favorites. It did generate some good discussions though!

  • Jolene ( May 9, 2011, 12:51 am

    That is awesome airport food!!

    Don’t be nervous – you will rock it tomorrow!

  • Mac May 9, 2011, 1:14 am

    I was wondering how it would be for avid readers who enjoy the smell and feel of books… I’m glad to hear a positive report from you on that!

  • Kira May 9, 2011, 1:15 am

    what sandals are you wearing in these pics?? i absolutely love them!

  • Nicole May 9, 2011, 1:26 am

    oh hai—i miss you….that is all.

  • elaine! May 9, 2011, 2:14 am

    Ebooks FTW! I’m sorry, but anybody who refuses to read ebooks because of the “experience” of paper books is missing the point… which is the CONTENT of the book, not the format it’s in. My Kindle has made it so much more convenient to read that I’m reading way more than I did before. And I’m an English lit major and life-long bookworm! It also cuts down on those piles of books that tend to accumulate over time. I do miss putting new volumes on my bookshelf, though… and the colorful cover art.

    You should check out Feedbooks, by the way — lots of well-formatted classics, for free.

    And yes, Amazon will be releasing a Kindle update later this year that will work with libraries using the Overdrive ebook loaning system.

    • Rebeccajs May 9, 2011, 7:21 am

      I think overdrive is available at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library.

      I know I cannot wait for the ability to borrow books on my kindle.

  • Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 9, 2011, 3:23 am

    i thought the kindle would be a waste of money, but i am iN LOVE! the fact that i have 10 books on my kindle at once and i can choose at my leisure whenever, is the! also, taking it to read by the pool seems easier to do since if my fingers get wet i don’t have to worry about ruining the page! the fact that if i have to hop on a plane, i can buy a book and have it delivered instantly at the last minute is DIVINE. one of the best purchases i’ve made lately!

  • Jess May 9, 2011, 4:22 am

    I’d put money down that you stopped at French Meadow Bakery! If you get a chance, you should stop by the real thing in Uptown in Minneapolis!

  • Karlee @olivewineandfood May 9, 2011, 5:29 am

    I am a book lover and a kindle lover! I just bought a book on my kindle for one penny. and I just read water for elephants, I loved it!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 9, 2011, 5:55 am

    Glad to hear you are satisfied with the ebook- Everyone in my fam has one.. except me. I may look into getting one this summer!

  • Christine @ Burning It Off May 9, 2011, 6:20 am

    That looks like a pretty decent airport meal… I bet it cost a fortune though. I don’t think I’ll ever get into e-books even though there are a lot of great things about them. I’m too much of a book lover. “Water for Elephants” is an awesome book by the way.

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East May 9, 2011, 6:43 am

    I cant believe that is an airport meal! Looks delicious!

    I have never tried e-books. I think I would like them though. Maybe that will be my next electronic toy!

  • Cyndi May 9, 2011, 7:22 am

    A few years ago when a friend was anticipating the 3rd Twilight, I became an ereader. After not having made time to reader for 8 years, since I had children, I used reading to help me kick a habit. After looking at how HUGE the Twilight books were, I looked down at my iPhone, which I tend to use for everything but calling people (ie: email, Facebook, internet, Runkeeper, etc) and thought there surely was a way to read on this thing! After a little research I found an ereader app I liked and started downloading books. I now have multiple ereader apps, including Kindle, on my iPhone and love that I always have it with me. I read EVERYWHERE. Even in my starting corral at the world’s biggest 10K – The Peachtree Road Race!

  • Maggie May 9, 2011, 7:46 am

    I’m the daughter of 2 librarians and I work for a book publisher but I absolutely believe the Kindle is the best $140 I’ve EVER spent. It’s totally changed my life and I would encourage everyone to buy some kind of e-reader. I love books and I will always have books at home, but let’s face it, not every book is a classic that belongs on your shelf forever. E-books reduce clutter, help the environment, and are really the future. And when Kindle users can borrow from the library it will be even better.

    Good luck on your presentation, I’m sure they will love you!

  • Melissa May 9, 2011, 8:31 am

    I got a Kindle for Mother’s Day. My hubby even threw in one of the leather covers with built in light (which I am very very much in LOVE with!) I don’t know what took me so long.
    I am currently reading Water for Elephants (my first purchase on the Kindle) and I love it.

    • Caitlin May 9, 2011, 11:29 am

      Good hubby!!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 9, 2011, 8:34 am

    You’re such a pro at presenting now. I’m sure you’re going to rock your presentations today! 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 9, 2011, 8:58 am

    I can’t use a Kindle. It’s just too weird to me. I like holding books in my hand. If I were a frequent traveler, I think I might feel differently though!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me May 9, 2011, 9:22 am

    I so want to try out a Kindle but I get allll my books through the library and never pay for them….so I feel I’d end up spending more money on books if I got an e-reader.

  • Michelle M May 9, 2011, 9:31 am

    I got a Kindle from Santa this year and I love it! There are so many free books available for download on Amazon that I’ve only bought three books so far. As for having an actual book in my hand…I miss it from time to time, but not near as much as I thought I would.

  • Amy May 9, 2011, 9:45 am

    I got a Kindle for my birthday this March and love it! I’m becoming a Librarian and work in a library so I still read a lot of “real books” because I love them. That being said, when I commute into school, it’s so convenient to have my Kindle so that if I finish one book, I can start another right away. I guess you can say I love both. As of this fall, the Kindle will let you use overdrive through the library to check out books too. Yay! There’s a bit of library drama about the rights of e-book access at the library (Harper Collins wants to limit the library’s checkouts to around 26 and then the library would lose access) but hopefully it all works out.

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy May 9, 2011, 9:53 am

    I have a Kindle and it is very portable which makes it great–but I do still buy a lot of regular books because I want to hold them in my hand and keep them around on a shelf. But the Kindle is awesome and def. has a purpose.

  • May 9, 2011, 10:54 am

    I have not been able to get the e book Kindle. It looks great and from what you write about it, it appears to be a book lover’s and travelers best friend! I have looked into it but as of right now, I continue to visit used book stores for my “musky smell fix” and most used books are going for pocket change now, as they are no longer in demand. This is book heaven for me : )

  • Kristyn May 9, 2011, 11:07 am

    I am kindle obsessed. period. end of discussion. =) Become a kindle addict: one arrow button click at a time!

  • Amber K May 9, 2011, 11:32 am

    I very much prefer a real book. Plus my mom owns a used bookstore, so I read all kinds of paperbacks for free in addition to the newer books I check out from the library. Although I like the idea of them. Anything to encourage people to read more!

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep May 9, 2011, 11:35 am

    My Kindle arrived today! So far, I’ve downloaded a bunch of free books, games, and cookbooks! Love it so far! I’m not much of a book reader because I find them awkward to hold while laying in bed. But I see myself reading a lot more with the Kindle. I can’t wait to take it on a flight!

  • Brandi May 9, 2011, 11:46 am

    I got a Kindle for Christmas. I am a reader and go can go through 4-6 books a month and while I also love the feel and smell of a book, I am a complete Kindle convert. I also travel frequently and it’s nice not to have 2-3 books wedged into my bag, taking up valuable space! It’s also saved me tons of room at home. Instead of have 50 new books all over my house, they’re all on my Kindle. I also prefer the e-ink screen over the Nook’s color screen because it looks more like a real book.

  • Gretchen May 9, 2011, 11:50 am

    I’m an avid reader (and I think you will LOVE Water for Elephants) and wasn’t sure I would enjoy reading ebooks….then I got my Kindle! I love love love my Kindle. I love the portability and the convenience. PS — Amazon has a Kindle cover that is equipped with a book light….AWESOME, I highly recommend!

  • Michelle May 9, 2011, 11:56 am

    I LOOOOOVE my Nook (regular, not color – uses the same eInk program as the Kindle) and have really read so much more now that I have it! I love that my hubby and I can share an account (and I have also let other friends access my account too) so I can still lend my books and not have to worry about getting them back! Technology is amazing.

    Good luck on your presentations 🙂

  • Stephanie May 9, 2011, 12:00 pm

    I actually read both lol. I have my Kindle in my bag all the time, but I still get a ton of books at the library too (and, channelling my inner 14-year-old, I’m working through the Gossip Girl series). I’m impressed that my Kindle actually feels like a book, and that it’s so simple to get new books. And that most of the classics are free (just finished a Tale of Two Cities.)

  • Kori May 9, 2011, 12:02 pm

    I was vehemently against e-readers until I started reading e-books on my Droid occasionally. I finally upgraded to a regular Nook, and I love it. It’s the best investment I’ve ever made, and honestly, has really brought me back to reading. I used to be a voracious reader, but law school took me away from reading for pleasure. Now that I have a Nook, I just carry it with me wherever I go, and I can read whichever book I choose all the time. I have seriously read so many books this year just because I have a Nook.

  • Amy May 9, 2011, 12:28 pm

    Caitlin, your morning session with our students was WONDERFUL! I can’t wait to hear from the kids over the next day or two! Tonight’s group is an awesome collection of parents and community members looking for ways to send positive messages to our youth. Your message is perfect!

  • Michelle May 9, 2011, 12:42 pm

    Naked’s “Green Machine” tastes a lot like a Green Monster. Seeing your Red Machine reminded me of that little tidbit. Was it good?!

  • Katherine: Unemployed May 9, 2011, 1:00 pm

    water for elephants was a disappointing book for me but maybe that’s just me. I am so surprised by how the ereaders don’t get glow/glare issues. is it okay to read in sun (like laptops aren’t)??

  • Cori May 9, 2011, 1:14 pm

    In the grand scheme of things, I was an early adopter of an ebook reader (I have had my Sony for almost 3 years now). At the time, they were all that was available in Canada. The thing that finally pushed me to get one was when we went to Mexico for our wedding and I hauled 8 books with me and paid $100 in overage fees each way for our luggage.

    Grudgingly, I trundled over to the Sony Store to see if I even thought it might be something I could use. From the moment I saw that beautiful eInk screen, I was mezmerised. The sales associate urged me to check it out in the daylight and once I stepped outside with it – I was sold. I LOVED my paper books until I got my reader. NOw, I am selling off my paper books as I acquire them in ebook (much to the dleight of everyone who has ever helped us move).

    The thing I love most about my ebook reader is how the device itself almost disappears when you are reading and it leaves nothing but you and the story. I read far more now (which I didn’t think possible), just because I enjoy the experience even more. My reader goes with me everywhere. If I were to be stranded on a desert island, I’d hope my reader was with me 🙂 and maybe a solar charger too…

  • Kim May 9, 2011, 1:41 pm

    I love my Kindle, but was totally bummed when I realized I couldn’t use my libraries ebooks. Someone commented on this earlier that it should be changing. Kindle wasn’t sharing it’s platform for use with libraries, but maybe enough people have complained (including me) to get that changed.

  • Christy May 9, 2011, 2:44 pm

    I must read real books in the hard copy form. As it is, I spend most of my time at the bookstore. I go every weekend and get a book every weekend. I love reading and I love books. I just feel as if the Kindle takes away the real sensation you get from reading. It’s true that I really don’t travel, but still. I can bring a book on the airplane if I really wanted to. I just don’t think that everything needs to be replaced by some sort of technology. Some things need to be left alone.

  • April May 9, 2011, 3:34 pm

    I love hard copy books, but have really been debating the conversion to an e-reader. I’m trying to minimize, so I think the debate is definitely weighing in that direction. One question, though, what do I do with all of the books I already own in hard copy?

  • Kristen May 9, 2011, 6:22 pm

    I would LOVE a kindle, but agree that reading a book just isnt the same as a screen

  • Lacey @ Lake Life May 9, 2011, 10:32 pm

    I will forever be a BOOK reader. I feel like I stare at a screen enough during my 8-hour desk job, and love the feeling of holding a book (and falling asleep to it without breaking it) at night 🙂

  • Ally May 11, 2011, 1:34 pm

    Ooh I could never use a Kindle! Love of paper-based books aside, I really don’t like e-readers because:
    *you actually don’t read as quickly (it’s true – you read words on a paper page quicker than you read a computer screen)
    *I worry that the more popular e-books become, the less there will be demand for paper-based books
    *records to CDs to ipods is one thing – but come on, BOOKS?? Do we realllly need to simplify these even further?

    My two cents 🙂 Getting off soap box now he he.

  • Janel May 12, 2011, 9:11 am

    Hey Caitlin! So those Naked juices have a glaring health halo and there’s a really neat blurb about them in the April Nutrition Action Health Letter (I’m not trying to be food police, just found this timely). It says that the whole “3 1/4 servings of fruit” and “31 blueberries in every bottle” is a whole lie, because its really the equivalent of apple juice from concentrate, and blueberry juice from concentrate and not whole fruits. Bummer, especially since those things are so freaking tasty! But actually I think you’d LOVE Nutrition Action Health Letter – even as an RD I learn such neat info about foods and our food system every month. It’s a small magazine/newsletter with a great sarcastic tone and takes a REAL look at food and our health. Really, I think you’d love it. Here’s the “food goof” story and here’s the magazine if you’re interested in it I have no affiliation with them, just love the info. Hope you’re doing well 🙂

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks May 29, 2011, 2:52 pm

    Out of curiosity, what cover is your Kindle rocking? I just got one for my birthday and I need to get a cover before I take it outside. If I don’t, I know I’ll break it immediately…I am that clumsy! 😛

    • CaitlinHTP May 29, 2011, 8:18 pm

      Hmm I cannot find a name on it at all. I bought it at the airport!

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