My Kindle eReader and I have become inseparable over the last couple of years. Besties. We go everywhere together. I was using my Kindle before then, and used a Nook eReader before that, but somehow in the last couple of years I’ve incorporated my Kindle into my life completely, and now I just can’t live without it. It goes with me everywhere, all day long, and because I’m listening to audio books instead of taking time to sit down to read on the couch, I read non-stop.
I take my Kindle on my daily walks, carpool drop off and pick up, while I fold laundry and when I edit photos, while I cook dinner and do dishes, and while I fall asleep at night. Seriously, the case on my Kindle is starting to look like a beloved paperback, all dinged on the cover and shredded at the edges.
If you’re a book lover and don’t currently have an e-reader, get on that business ASAP. Put it on your wish list for whatever: birthday, anniversary, work-iversary, or your I-made-it-to-the-end-of-the-week celebration.
Because of my Kindle, I’m reading 2-3 books a week as opposed to maybe 2-3 in a good month, and it’s the happiest thing in the world. I still read hardback and paperback books, probably more than I did before actually, but I can really plow through whole libraries now because I’m listening to audio books all day, and I’m completely obsessed with the whole situation.
I use OverDrive to check out books through Utah’s online public library system. Every state in the U.S. has its own online library catalog available for free through your local library – if you don’t know how to use yours, contact your friendly local librarian for help.
I check out 5 audio books at a time, which I get to keep checked out on my Kindle for 3 weeks. Usually I listen to all of them for at least for a few chapters, and end up only being interested in and keeping about 2 or 3 of them. It’s pretty much the perfect system. If you’re too busy to go to your local library to check books out, you can do it from work, home, or the train, as long as you have an internet connection. The best part for me, a regular library book delinquent, (I once paid $50 in fines!) is that the books automatically return to the library after 3 weeks so you can’t accrue any fines. Ever!
So. Do you have an eReader in your life? How do you check books out? Do you buy them from iTunes or Amazon or use another system I’ve never heard of? I’d love to know what you’re using, or if you are obsessed with an eReader like I am with my Kindle.