I wasn’t an early adopter of e-books. Partly I was of the “I like the physical feel of a book” persuasion and partly I didn’t want to spend the money to buy a Kindle E-reader. At some point I did learn that I could get a free Kindle app for my smartphone—my only mobile device at the time‐and I installed it thinking I could read e-books on it while commuting on the metro. However, I didn’t enjoy trying to read on such a small screen and I stopped using it altogether.
Then a few years ago someone lent me their paperback copy of The Hunger Games. Today I can’t believe it actually took me a few weeks to get through the first five chapters, but once I got to the flaming chariot ride I was hooked. I ended up devouring the rest of the book in a day, a real rarity for me.
As you probably know, The Hunger Games is just the first book of a trilogy AND I DIDN’T HAVE THE OTHER TWO BOOKS. I knew I could download them onto my phone, but that didn’t appeal to me at all because of the size thing. If only there a Kindle app for a regular laptop, I thought, and then decided to Google it. And whaddya know, there is a Kindle app for a regular laptop. Oh, and it’s free!
I immediately downloaded and installed the app, bought the next two Hunger Games books, and 48 hours later I had finished reading them both. (And then I just had to wait for the movies to come out… *sigh*.)
Every day, Amazon offers deals on books for adults and young readers, comics, and magazines, including many popular titles for less than $2.99. On the day I wrote this post, deals were available for The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer, I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes, and Excuses Begone! by Wayne W. Dyer, so there’s something for everyone!
Anyway, all that to tell you that if you haven’t tried Kindle books before, the free reading apps are a great way to test them out. One of the coolest things about them is that if you’re reading something on one of your devices and then you are somewhere without that computer or phone or table, you can use another device and just pick up where you left off.
If you want to give the free reading apps a try or just want to learn more, head over to the Amazon website.
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