Sunday, September 8, 2013

Blogging through the Alphabet - K is for Kindle

A Kindle is a device that allows you to read books electronically.  I'll admit that I wasn't sure about  purchasing one of these devices.  I am one who loves to feel the weight of a book in my hands, the feeling of turning an actual page, the smell of the paper and ink. 
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My dad worked in a print shop and while they didn't print books, they did a lot of other printing.  The smell of the print shop was unique.  My dad would come home with his fingers tainted.  Even after using LAVA soap to scrub the ink off of his hands.

I remember going there after soccer practice and games.  The guys who worked there were like

family to me.  I could sit and watch them as they worked.  It was a unique experience to see the inner workings of a print shop.

I think that is why I am so partial to the paper and ink of physical books.  I appreciate what it takes to make them (well at least the printing aspect).  There is just something special about holding a book in your hands while reading.

That said, if you saw my house and the massive amount of books you would see why we finally
broke down and bought a Kindle. 

The Kindle Fire has been a wonderful addition to our house since Christmas of last year.  I had been using a Kindle App. on my phone up until this point.  But the massive amount of books I have gotten (mostly free) for the Kindle is great.  I have purchased some books. Mainly when they are available at a great discount.  But I would say that the most of my collection is free books. 

I love getting free kids educational books and classics.  I have added them to the Kindle FreeTime app that is available.  We have an account set up for each of the kids.  It has books and apps that we allow them to use.  We can set up time limits and also limits through a category.  Whether it is videos, apps or books.  This has been a great help in limiting how much technology is used in our house.

The only thing that I do have an issue with is that I can't share documents or things like that with my oldest on his FreeTime account.  This is a dilemma for school and I have yet to find a way to resolve it.  But I am working to figure it out.

We have a lot of education and mind building apps.  A few just for fun apps too.  I do restrict the app time to 45 minutes. 

Josef, our youngest uses it when I am working with the older two boys.  There are some apps on there that are educational for him.  He has picked up quite quickly how to operate the Kindle.  Something about technology and young ones.  They are learning earlier and earlier. 

Overall, I would say that I am pleased with our Kindle purchase.  There are some things that I wish were better about it.  Like the fact that the Kindle can actually be reset  from the kids side.  This completely wipes everything out that you downloaded and is something that I think needs to be fixed on their end.  That is probably my only complaint.

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