Never Say Never

I've decided that I need to stop using the word "never." Because it sometimes comes back and bites me in the butt. 

"I will never do this or that..."

Yeah, came back and bit me in the butt. 

I said I didn't want to read books on an electronic device. I meant it at the time. 

But then I got a great deal on a new Paperwhite Kindle, and I was in love. 


If you recall, I tried starting a library here at the apartment complex. I had Israel tote hundreds of books I'd been gathering over the years to the laundromat. 

In a day they were all gone, never to be returned. 

Okay, so that didn't work out. 

I talked to some other bloggers who simply love their Kindles. I was edging closer and closer to a real game changer. 

Then I got this super deal on Amazon.com, and went for it. 

And I love it!



One added benefit is that I can read in the dark. I love it when I know I'm saving on electricity. I don't even have to wear my glasses. Love that!

I thought the screen wouldn't be big enough. I was wrong. 

I can get a book in seconds and be able to read it.

So now I'm sold. Eating my own words.



Every night after supper and chores I can't wait to get back to the bedroom, dogs snoozing beside me, and read. I have a plethora of books to choose from. 

I find that I'm reading more books this way. 

I can "check" out books from the library. 

Linda from A La Carte introduced me to BookBub, and you get many books free or for under $2. 

Win-win!

If I ever say never again, remind me of the time (okay, the many times) that I said I didn't want to read a book electronically. That I only wanted the real thing in my hand.

Well of course nothing could ever replace the feeling of a book in your hand and turning pages. 

But opening a book with a swipe to the page you last read is quite nice. 

Having a whole library of books you've downloaded, all ready and waiting to be read whenever you want, is just handy dandy.

48 comments

  1. Brenda, I could hear the joy and excitement in your words as I read this. Even though you said "never", I think it's great that you were willing to give it a try. With your love for reading, I can tell you are going to get so much enjoyment out of your Kindle!

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  2. I never thought I would like reading from a Kindle either, but I find myself "borrowing" my son's often. :-) I have a dark floater that tends to drive me nuts when I read text on a super white background and thought the lighted background of a Kindle would be the same, but happily, I don't seem to notice it. Not having to find a place to store books is a wonderful added bonus, too. Happy reading, my friend!

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    1. Yeah, I got a floater too. So irritating. I'm having a ball downloading books!

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  3. I got a Nook in the last two years and enjoyed reading on it. But being a "library-only" kinda gal, I found limited resources for ebooks. Now I'm back to the real thing in my hands, you're right there's nothing like it. Not saying I won't use the Nook again, I know I will. I get daily emails from Book Bub but they're not the kind of books I normally read. This year I'm dedicated to reading only biographies. Thought I'd run out of books at my local library in months but, going through the stacks alphabetically, I've only just finished the "B's" and it's nearly June already! Discovered a new library trick: locate books online you want to read, place a "hold" and have them sent to the library's drive-thru window - I don't even have to get out of the car! Love that. Glad you're enjoying your Kindle. Read on!

    Mary

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    1. I love to read psychological thrillers, and so far I'm not having a hard time finding them for free or next to nothing.

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  4. I subscribe to several emails that send offers of free books also. I enjoy the option when traveling but for every day use enjoy the feel of a book. I know you will enjoy this as an option and the Kindle Paper White is a great reader.

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    1. Being able to size the font however you want it, I have the freedom, after all these years, of reading without glasses. So freeing!

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  5. As you know, I'm one of those who's still not sold on e-readers. I still love my real books too much. Same with my husband. I understand the reasons people like their e-readers though. I just ope they never replace the real thing!

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    1. It could never take the place of reference books. I don't really have the desire to look at gardening or decorating or craft books on it. I want the real thing there.

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  6. Brenda, I'm so glad you like the Kindle. I would rather have a real book most of the time but traveling was what started me with the Kindle. Now I find I enjoy downloading books from my library and reading them electronically. No driving to the library to check out or return the books. I do love the library but sometimes my life gets so busy that I don't get there. This way I always have books right at my fingertips. I also love reading in the dark. Yay for the Kindle!
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. I like the option of not having to leave my home to get good books to read too. With this ankle, I don't always have the option to drive anywhere.

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  7. Brenda,
    Good morning! I agree with you...we have to cut that phrase out.
    I have a kindle and yet and I find myself returning to the good old Fashioned book:)
    The kindle is great for travel though, keeps the totes light!
    Happy Sunday,
    Jemma

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    1. I'm a stubborn old coot. But I have a feeling I'll have to fall in with the majority of people and eat even more of my words. There are so many opportunities I'm missing to make money because I don't have Instagram.

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  8. I've been reading Kindle books on my phone for the past four years. It's been so nice to not have the boxes of paper back books sitting around the house waiting for their next reader. My physical book collection is now shrunk down to just the reference books I find useful.

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    1. Me too. Just want my decorating and gardening and craft books. Also books on photography and the internet. Poetry, etc. Those I want the real thing because they are a collection of things I love.

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  9. I got my kindle a few years back when I had shoulder surgery and wanted a way to be able to read a book and turn the page with one hand. I LOVE my kindle. I subscribe to Pixel of Ink e mail which comes once a day with two free book selections and several others that are $1.99. I have found some authors I like by getting the free books so no need to spend money. I can also get free books from my local library through my kindle. Glad you got one. I upgraded to the paper white this year and it is much better than the early kindle I had before.

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    1. I have terrible arthritis in my left hand. When I hold a book, my left thumb just screams in pain. This way I can read with one hand. No pain!

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  10. Don't worry, Brenda, I said the same thing many times....until I got my iPad a few years ago and downloaded the kindle app. I still resisted for a while but before you knew it I had an entire library of books loaded in and ready to go! I can even pull up the book I'm reading on my iPhone, right to the page I was at on my iPad. It sure comes in handy when you're stuck in a waiting room for hours!! Enjoy your new toy!!

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    1. I've already got so many books downloaded no telling how long it will take me to read them. However, I notice I read a book now in a night or two. Not sure why it's faster...

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  11. Brenda, I don't use a Kindle yet but have been looking into it and we can get them from our library for free! Check into it. :)

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  12. I love my Kindle fire. I can store and read books and also surf the net reading all my favorite blogs and news sites. I seldom open my laptop anymore. I can even print from it.

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    1. I didn't get the wifi option, as it costs more. But I'm on my laptop much of the day.

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  13. People took the books and never brougbht them back or left books in their place? Did they understand the concept of a community lending library, or is your complex primarily inhabited by a group of selfish barbarians? You sound like the only civilized person living there (aside from Israel). Books are to be enjoyed, not hoarded or - even worse - did they take the books and then sell them or "donate" them to a charity and take a deduction on their income taxes? I haven't been converted to e-books yet; I suppose some day that may happen, as books keep getting more and more expensive and it is a major journey to get to the nearest library, more and more branches of which are being closed by politicians who do not want to raise taxes for amenities like libraries.

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    1. Well, it wasn't like I held a meeting and told them it was a library, so guess it was my own fault. I think they took them and sold them to used book stores. I really don't know hardly anyone who lives here. Just Charlie and Linda next door.

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  14. I used to swear that I would never read books electronically too; then I developed macular degeneration. Drat the luck! Now I read on my iPad and can make the screen brighter, the text bigger, and borrow digital titles from my local library. I still have lots of books, but I'm hooked on my iPad!

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  15. Well Brenda, I too said those same words...never a Kindle. However, my hubby gave me one for my birthday in March and I love it! I still read regular books too, but the kindle is great! Happy Sunday to you, Carolyn in Fl.

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  16. Brenda, would you mind telling us what kind of a great deal you got on Amazon; I may be interested in getting a Kindle, too, if it is less expensive than normal? Thanks!

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    1. I tried to email you, but it wouldn't give me your address. I signed up for an Amazon.com card and Prime, which gave me $50 off the Kindle. I'm not paying $99.00 a year for Prime, so I cancelled the 30 free trial.

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  17. Brenda,I've had to eat my words, too. When I down-sized my home, there just wasn't room for shelves and shelves of books. Since I love reading, I had to find a way to keep reading without using up my limited shelf space. So I bit the bullet so to speak and started using an iPad with the Kobo app. I loved being able to download from my the comfort of my cozy reading chair without having to go out into the night after first clearing the snow off of my car! Since I was laid up all winter until the beginning of May being unable to legally drive because of my ankle, being able to buy/download books online or from the library, was one of the things that kept me sane.

    I still agree that there is something special about holding that book in your hand as you lose yourself in the story-line. *sigh*

    What would we do without the magic of words?

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  18. Brenda,I've had to eat my words, too. When I down-sized my home, there just wasn't room for shelves and shelves of books. Since I love reading, I had to find a way to keep reading without using up my limited shelf space. So I bit the bullet so to speak and started using an iPad with the Kobo app. I loved being able to download from my the comfort of my cozy reading chair without having to go out into the night after first clearing the snow off of my car! Since I was laid up all winter until the beginning of May being unable to legally drive because of my ankle, being able to buy/download books online or from the library, was one of the things that kept me sane.

    I still agree that there is something special about holding that book in your hand as you lose yourself in the story-line. *sigh*

    What would we do without the magic of words?

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  19. Proud you gave it a try and are enjoying it.. Will really save on space too. [sorry about your books not being returned..
    Enjoy your kindle.

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  20. I have the Kindle Paperwhite too Brenda..it is very nice and easy to read..I still buy books at the thrift stores but I get so many good freebees and low cost books on my Kindle..I bought mine on sale at Amazon and paid with monthly payments..You should sign up for the different websites that email you everyday with free and low cost e-books..I get Kindle Buffet, BookBub, BookArrow, Bookperk, and there are probably more out there somewhere..If you sign up at Amazon for Kindle First every month they will send you a list of six books that are being released the following month..you can pick one of them to read now for only $1.99..I always take advantage of this...Enjoy your Kindle..I agree with you..it is great being able to read in the dark!

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  21. How interesting ! :) I have not yet tried Kindle but will keep it in mind :)

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  22. How interesting ! :) I have not yet tried Kindle but will keep it in mind :)

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  23. I have an old Kindle and for Christmas this year I received a Paperwhite. I love both. I very seldom buy an actual book anymore. You will enjoy the convenience.

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  24. I really enjoy using mine when I travel, it's much easier than toting multiple books with me. I have found a number of new favorite authors with Bookbub. So glad you are enjoying it.

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  25. Good for you...some things are popular for a reason and you can't knock it until you try it! One of the greatest things about my Nook is that I can have a Wish List for books I see and may want to order in the future. And I save space. But I also crave a book in hand and seeing a small stack on my nightstand to read. You'll find your balance. Congrats!!

    Jane

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  26. Brenda, I've wanted to try and convince you of the value of kindles, I'm so happy you know now!!!!!!! Reading in the dark, so many books not taking up valuable space, but most of all, the free and dirt cheap books you can read..... Be sure to sign up for Book Bub, everyday you get an e-mail of four books that are free or a Dollar or two, but just for that day. You'll still want a real book occasionally, but not often!

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  27. I said never, too...then I got one for Christmas a few years ago and my never went out the window also! ;) I still do enjoy getting lost in a good book store and I frequently check the real thing out of the library, but I really do enjoy downloading a book in seconds from Amazon or my library, reading a preview or as you said reading in the dark! So fun!! Glad you love it!

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  28. I have been reading books on my iPad for years. Like you, I still like to look at decorating and gardening books, so will continue to purchase real books for reference, and they look so pretty on a coffee table. I hope you eventually will see the value of a smart phone. I recommend that you look at the iPhone. Very easy to use, and you can then start using Instagram. The times have changed, and I think it's for the better. By the way, I am 68 years old.

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  29. Don't know if this has been mentioned yet, but does your library have e-books? I read books on my iPad daily that I borrow for free from the local digital library. Wonderful!

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  30. I love my kindle...I can take my books anywhere and have them right at hand!

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  31. I was gifted one of these when the first came out. I don't use it as much as I should... there is just something about holding a book. My Kindle doesn't have that 'bookish' smell either. All that aside, I'm with you... I can read in the dark, I can carry all my books with me. It's light weight and You can also download pdf docutments for reading as well. That means! Some of the blogs that have their books downloadable for free in pdf format... can go right on the Kindle!

    Have fun!

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  32. I love my Paperwhite, too. So glad you discovered yours!

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  33. You can also get old books for free. I believe if they're 100+ years the copyrights expire or something. Lots of classics like Little Women, Dickens books, tons more!

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  34. I have said that I will never read an electronic book but since you are so enthusiastic
    about having one-I will give it a try, Besides-free books-what is there not to like and they won't take up space I don't have! Love all your posting and don't pay attention to those who criticize you-you are very very brave even though you don't seem to think you are and are a very caring person.

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