(Closed) Do I want a Kindle Fire for Christmas?

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Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t have a Kindle Fire, but I do have an older Kindle from 2010 (I think it’s the second version that came out). I was against it from the get go because I love real books, but I’ve used it to read quite a lot more than I ever expected.

As for using a tablet for other things (movies, games, etc.), I was also very anti-tablet… until I was given an iPad. Now I use that thing EVERY DAY.

Bottom line: even if you think you wouldn’t use something like a Kindle Fire, it can really surprise you once you actually get one!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

I have a Kindle Fire. πŸ™‚ I love it. I still have all of my paper books, but yeah. I love that I have a bigger screen for drawsome haha

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I wouldn’t get one, like you I don’t see the point. Even travelling I would rather take up luggage weight with real books than e-books

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If it were me, I would definitely say yes! My mom got a Kindle last year and really likes it so I want one now. Nice to have a book at your fingertips whenever you want it.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My husband received a kindle fire for Christmas last year and he absolutely loves it. He too was a big reader of “real books.” But the transition has actually been pretty easy and he reads even more often now. Plus all of the apps really do come in handy. The only problem is that he sometimes has trouble getting it out of my hands to use it himself! πŸ˜›

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@PinkAndPearls2013:  Just happened to notice that you are getting married in the Hudson Valley! I grew up there! I bet your wedding will be absolutely beautiful!!!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have the Kindle 2 (old) and love it.  Even though I’ve always been a big reader and loved physical books, I find the Kindle very freeing and nice.  It’s so easy – always in my purse ready for downtime – doctor’s waiting rooms, break time at work, waiting for people at meetups, etc.  And its great for reading in bed – light weight, don’t have to hold it open.  Easy for vacation – one lightweight thing, not 6 heavy books to pack.

That being said, my mother bought me a Kindle Fire for Christmas last year, but I took it back because for reading I prefer eInk and didn’t want a backlit screen.  The eInk is basically exactly like paper to the eyes and doesn’t cause eyestrain like a backlit screen can.  

My opinion is if you want it for reading, get an eInk version of the Kindle.  If you want it as a toy to do games, apps, movies, etc, get the Fire.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Getting a e-reader doesn’t mean you have to give up the pleasure of real books.  I’m a book lover, too.  I love libraries and bookstores; I cried when they closed our local Borders because one of my favorite things to do on my lunch hour, especially in the winter, was curl up on one of their comfy leather couches with a nice hot cup of mocha java and a pile of books or magazines; pure pleasure for an hour.  Drat, miss that.

But I want an e-reader (I’m getting the new Kindle Paperwhite with 3G for Christmas from DH) so I can have reading materials always on hand at times like waiting in lines, doctor’s office waiting rooms, long traffic lights/jams.   This way if I forget to cram a book in my purse I’ve always got several to choose from depending on my mood.  I always read several books at once, anyway.

You can have both.  My lovely home library isn’t going anywhere and I’ll still drive further to the Barnes & Noble or local library when I need my book fix.  I hope real books will be here to stay forever. 

Think of it as the same thing as still going out to the movies or a play, but also have your TV at home with Netflix; different ways of achieving similar pleasure.  πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you think you’ll use it primarily for reading books – get a regular Kindle, not the Kindle fire. The regualr Kindle has the e-ink screen so it is much more like reading a real book; you don’t have any glare, can read in sunlight, it doesn’t hurt your eyes, etc. I have a Kindle for reading and love it (I originally was anti e-reader as well but am a total convert) and an iPad for other things like watching movies or playing games.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My Fiance is the same as you and there is a kindle fire under the tree for him. There is nothing you can do with it that you can’t do with a toy you already have, but I think he would much rather read Wikipedia and the newspaper on a bigger screen and he will be able to read books in bed without turning on the light. On a plane, it is much easier to bring a kindle than the 6 books I dragged to Australia (they were heavy!). A laptop is also heavy and the battery life for a movie isn’t as good. I view the kindle fire as an entertainment toy. If money is tight then no, it isn’t necessary. But if money isn’t tight and you are looking for a toy, it is a fun toy.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My SO gave me a Kindle Fire for my birthday.  I felt the same as you about real, paper books! However, my trend in reading (and buying) books was I’d stick with specific series I knew were a good read, or I’d buy a new book if it came highly recommended by friends, but I didn’t really branch out and read much outside this bubble for fear of wasting $$ on a crappy book.

With the Kindle Fire, there are tons of free books in the “store” that you can download, plus it is really easy to find free books online and put them on the Kindle.  You can also download free samples of books, read the first 2 chapters and then decide if you’d like to buy the complete book.

If you feel like you would never use it, then don’t bother…but I will say I use mine constantly for internet browsing, reading, playing games, watching movies and videos. My poor laptop hasn’t been turned on in probably over 3 months. It’s just more convienient to swipe the screen and unlock it, than it is to get my laptop out and wait for it to start up. The only issue with it is I can’t seem to be able to type a post on the Bee on my Kindle.

Draw Something on the Kindle Fire is DRAWESOME, btw! πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

When I got my Kindle Fire almost a year ago, I got it to surf the Internet, play games on, simple PDA sort of stuff.  What really surprised me was how much I love to read on it after I got my first free book on it.  Now I have to say I read more on it than I do anything else.  Then again, I always have been a bookworm, but I used to think that I liked only the feel of real books.  But it’s just so handy to have this little thing that can store so many books.  I take it with me everywhere and therefore have books everywhere.

 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I love my Kindle Fire that I got for Christmas last year!! I have read a lot of books on it and also have downloaded quite a few cookbooks on it but lately I use it mostly to play solitaire πŸ˜‰

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