Just got a new Kindle Fire for my birthday. For the price ($200), it’s a lot of product. Kind of a cross between an eReader and a tablet computer. Of course, it’s an eReader. You can purchase millions of books online or via Wi-Fi from Amazon. You can even share them with friends. They have hundreds of free books too, mostly classics published before 1923 (which is perfect – I want classics). I’ve gotten Anthem, Armadale, Around the World in 80 Days, The Art of War, The Brothers Karamazov, Arabian Nights, Call of the Wild, Crime & Punishment, Poe’s Complete Works (for 99 cents), Don Quixote, Dracula, Frankenstein, Civil Disobedience, Great Expectations, Heart of Darkness, The Idiot, The Jungle, Les Miserables, Moby Dick, several Wilkie Collins books, Oliver Twist, No Name, Nature, The Prince, The Scarlet letter, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Walden, White Fang, The Wizard of Oz, a full dictionary… to just name a few. I also spent $3.99 for a Carole Lombard novel. I now have enough reading to last me a few years. I was able to donate several “keeper” books to Goodwill, clearing out much-needed shelf space.
It’s a full-color 7″ touch screen, plays video, games, music. Very intuitive. Comes with 8 GB of internal storage, plus 5 GB of free cloud storage. I love that it connects to the internet anywhere there’s Wi-Fi. I can check my email (we have a wireless router at home) or Facebook or download stuff while sitting outside under a tree, keeping the computer cool in the afternoon. I can download my Bon Appetit magazines. There’s an app for Netflix, for which we have an account, so we can watch any movies or TV from there. You can also email documents to yourself, so I have my full memoir on there as well, which is cool. Plus there’s the full web browser, and a music player (there’s a Pandora app). And I am now completely addicted to the mindless Fruit Ninja game.
Battery is good for around 8 hours, depending heavily on how you’re using it. As a reader only, not very much power is used (especially in black-background mode, which I prefer). But if you’re downloading stuff, or displaying heavy graphics, or playing videos or games, that uses a lot more power, and the battery will show that. I tend to charge every two days when it gets below the halfway mark, but hubby says I should let the battery drain almost all the way down, that it’s good for it.
I’ve only had one complaint: issues with the power button. Within 48 hours, it refused to power up after having been fully shut down, twice. When I put it to “sleep,” it comes back to life right away, no problem. But when I shut it completely down for a while, it would not come back on later. Just became a doorstop. Twice that happened. So I had to spend some time on the phone with Amazon, even going to the extent of requesting a supervisor, to get it replaced. The new one has been mostly okay. But it has done the same thing once again, after having been completely shut down. Now I just put it to sleep. It uses an infinitesimal amount of power in sleep mode, and the power button seems to have some sort of contact/connection problems when shut fully down.
But let’s move on to the wonderfully Edward Gorey-style cover I found on Etsy:
This wonderfully dark and witchy padded cover came from Sew Kawaii Studio on Etsy. The moment I saw it I knew I had to have it. The scene features a stern witch, holding a forlorn little fat boy’s head with her fingertips. He looks like he’s about to be boiled for lunch. There’s a gothic mansion with a full moon and dead trees and bats flying around in the background. To the left, a creepy man looks greedily on, holding his pocket-watch and cane at the ready. Another witch might be flying above his head.
The inside flap, which includes three business card slots and one larger pocket, features the face and skirt of another two witches. Her sisters, perhaps?
It’s very well-made, and I couldn’t be happier with the dark, creepy design. It’s also got an elastic toggle closure over a riveted button.