Ready, aim, Kindle Fire!

Amazon.com says it sold more than 4 million Kindle e-readers in December, and I was one of the lucky ones who received a Kindle Fire from Santa.

I've played around with my new Kindle so much, I gave myself a pain -- aching neck and shoulders from hunching over the full-color screen. I've learned to look up occasionally and swivel my head around to keep from freezing up.

Already, I've downloaded mystery novels by Anthony Neil Smith, Paul Bishop, Ray Banks, Mark Terry, John Galligan and Reed Farrel Coleman. Most of those I got for free or at bargain prices.

(Blatant Self-Promotion: All my books are available on Kindle, most for $2.99 or less. Click here: http://amzn.to/cvTTMv. The Bubba Mabry mysteries remain 99 cents each, though the price is going up soon.)

My Kindle mania goes beyond reading e-books. I've got apps for Facebook and Twitter and Gmail, a slew of newspapers and magazines as well as The Associated Press and ESPN, music via Pandora, The Weather Channel, MapQuest, chess and Scrabble and Spider Solitaire. All in the palm of my hand.

I'd be interested in hearing what other apps are tops among Kindle owners. I'm sure I've only scratched the surface so far.

It's a beautiful day here in Albuquerque, and it's time to get outside and enjoy the non-virtual world. But I'll have my Kindle in my pocket.


Kathleen Taylor said...

Games! Angry Birds looks fantastic in the larger size. I am currently obsessed with a very simple Pyramid Solitaire game- it's so simple that there is no hold card, and no undo, so it's absolutely unforgiving. I clear the deck maybe 1 in 100 plays, but I can't stop trying.

I was disappointed that the Fire did not have Text to Speech (as did my 3G Kindle), but I can download MP3 Audio files from Librivox (I am currently working my way through the John Carter of Mars books while I treadmill) and listen to them the same as music. When I finish the current book (The Chessmen of Mars), I'm going to watch some streaming video (starting with Downton Abbey).

I love love love my Kindle.

Sean Patrick Reardon said...

Glad you like it. Some good titles you have downloaded as well

Joseph Badal said...

Okay, here are the rules. Stay off your damned kindle until you finish the next Bubba book. I'm sick & tired of waiting for it to be published. I can only assume the delay in publishing is due to your obsession with the kindle. Stop it! That's enough.