So I wanted to share with you guys my newfounded love of e-reading through kindle. When I first started blogging I was strictly print books. I LOVED the way they smelled and the way they felt. Okay so I am guilty of being a #bookmolester I spent all these years thinking electronic reading was just over-rated bullshit but I kept hearing about everyone receiving EARCs in exchange for honest reviews. So I began to ponder. I mean free books but electronic. Also these books were books not available to the general public yet and so were before publication! That sounded like something that was badass to me! Hell to the yeah buttttt…..
My print books were still calling my name and wanted all the love and attention they deserved. Well all I was reading was the used variety which is still great. Old news can still be good news. The final thing that let me cut the apron strings of my print books was the space issue. Not only did I want to read these cool books before publication, I had no more space for books. Hell, I have some packed up in boxes and on top of dresser drawers. They are overwhelming and everywhere. So you catch the drift. I am a freaking book hoarder and have no place to live!!!😵😵😵
Well shortly after my epiphany, I was gifted a 50$ Amazon card and my first thought is what do we need diapers or toliet paper? The first thing that popped up when I pulled up Amazon’s home page was a ‘super one day sale’ for a Kindle Fire HD 8 for $49.99! I was like damn… I just did a list of pros and cons and the only thing I knew was that I couldn’t afford some kind of e-reader. So I went through the house and searched for anything that we could need at the moment. Nothing… Nada… For the first time in God knows how long, we had enough of our necessities.
I fought with myself. Even though it was supposed to be a gift for me, I never use any extra money on myself. So finally I said “Fuck it! I am going to get the darn thing! What’s the worse that can happen? I can return it if it doesn’t work out!” I know this is a bit emotional about just switching to an e-reader but for me I thought I was giving of my true joy of reading with the touch of the pages and the great feeling of holding a beautiful covered hardback and switching to this simple electronic device! 😢😢😢 I am technologically impaired to say the least as well… I felt doomed for sure.
I received the box in 2 days thanks to getting a free membership to prime (which I want to talk about at another time). I unboxed it and thought “well atleast it’s light weight and pretty.” It was this awesome punch red. Well pretty much this thing was easy to figure out and handle. No screaming at the device and begging someone else to fix it! Yay!!! I mean hell, I am writing this post on my kindle now. Hell to the yeah! I was so excited and could not hide it! !! *happy dancing *💃💃💃
So to sum things up, Dani was completely wrong!!! I didn’t even need the tutorial to figure out this bad boy. The kindle books app was a godsend!! I was able to go into there and type in ‘thriller’ and would put a filter for ‘lowest to highest’. I would end up getting so many titles with any genre for free. There were so many sites that would show me different books in different genres for free everyday!! Like Bookbub! Say, “What, What!!!” To be real with you guys, I have over 900 titles that were all free from the kindle app. I shit you not!!!
I was scared of the controls when I was wrong again, everything is ‘easy peasy’. I could even make the fonts and such larger so my blind ass could see better. I was able to get all these free eARCs from authors and publishers via NetGalley that were fantastic and ones that were before publication. I just loved the results and you know how hard this is as a woman to say… “I am glad I was wrong.”
I have been enjoying my relationship with my kindle and loving all her benefits. We have become great friends with benefits and I have named her “My Side Bitch.” What made me fall deeply in love with my kindle was text to speech. I know that might sound strange but then again if you know me, I am stange.
I battle with mild dyslexia. When I read a book what will take most people 6 hours of continuous reading would take me two days. I have battled this for a long time and it can make my passion of reading very difficult.
One day I was on WordPress chatting up my friend Carrie @ Carrie’s Book Reviews and she mentions using TTS and I’m like “wait, what?” I seriously thought that you had to buy audio(which is ridiculously high priced) to have any kind of assistance reading. She let me know about it and I did what any person would do, I googlevestigated. I found out that I could use TTS to read along with mostly all the titles in so many different voices and all my pretty much every title I needed!🙌🙌🙌 I read the benefits it had for dyslexia and other stuff people have to go through. I was jaw dropping amazed by this. So I had to try it out.
I figured out how to set it up and OMG. I was able to read like a normal person. I don’t mean to say someone with dyslexia is not normal but I felt at ease. I felt safe. I felt that I was able to read and be comfortable with what the words really said and was able to go along smoothly. I can’t even explain how good of a feeling that this was. I couldn’t be thankful enough that I found a way to preserve space, save money and get free books, and to finally read comfortably.
*Update: I forgot to say I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia and the kindle has eased my pain. It’s hard for me to even type at times so a kindle helps me because I don’t have to worry about the pain of holding a book.*
I can not recommend the kindle enough and they even have certified refurbished ones that are fantastic! I had a gift card for Christmas and was able to buy one for my son for 23$ including tax because it was refurbished and a 5th generation!😊 It was in mint condition and worked beautifully. Now about the top link and such, the link is to get the Amazon kindle app. You can download it on whatever device you like and because I am an Amazon affiliate it will benefit me as well. I haven’t sold my soul to the devil being an affiliate. I am a sick mom with three kids but seriously no pressure loves!😍 You can download the app and purchase or get free books or whatnot. You can download it wherever and decide it’s not for you that’s fine too. Nothing is going to change about me being your friend Dani💖 I am supposed to let you know by Amazon terms and conditions that I am an affiliate!😊 No pressure to even click on the links. I know as an affiliate clicks and downloads add to your stats but first of all your my blogging buds and wanted to share this story because it might help someone. I love you all and Happy Reading Loves!!!!😍 Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, 7″ Display, 8 GB, Black – with Special Offers Click Picture of tablets for Fire 7 price and info $49.99