101 Reasons I Love My Kindle Paperwhite

paperwhite.jpgI’ve mentioned previously how crucial my Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has become to my reading life. I use this thing for hours, most days. I use it every day, though, no matter what. There are so many things I love about my Kindle, and while I probably could live up to the title of this post and tell you 101 reasons, I’m going to let you off the hook by only giving you ten…

1.  It is clean.

I’ve shared my issues with the cleanliness (or lack thereof) of library books and my OCD tendencies. My Kindle has solved these issues for the time being. It is clean. It has only been used by me. If it does become soiled, I can clean it myself and restore it to it’s original, pristine condition.

2.  It Glows. Like Magic.

While the Kindle Paperwhite does have an e-Ink display, it is also lit from within, allowing me to read wherever I am. Outside at high noon with the brightly shining sun? No problem. In bed, with the lights out? Smooth sailing. The display is always clear, crisp and easy as pie to read. Perfect for these aging eyes.

3.  It is compact/portable.

If you are a Reader, you most likely bring a book with you everywhere you go. If you are an OCD Reader, you make sure to bring an Emergency Book as well. This makes for a very heavy purse! My Kindle Paperwhite stands at roughly 7 x 5 inches, is .36 inches thick, and weighs less than eight ounces. This is a HUGE difference in the room it takes up when I’m on the go, not to mention the weight it (doesn’t) put on my shoulder when I’m carrying it in my purse. And since you can load multiple books on your Kindle, I have multiple Emergency Books with me at all times!

4.  It is easy to hold.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting old, or what’s going on, but when I’m holding a heavy book in certain positions for too long a period of time, my hands start cramping up pretty badly. My Kindle is so light that this is not a problem. It’s also so much less bulky that it’s easier to hold in certain positions, such as when I’m laying in bed.

5.  It tracks my reading pace and place.

My Kindle saves my page every time – it never loses it. And we’re not talking short-term, here, either, people. I borrowed a Kindle book from the library, returned it without finishing it, checked it out again two months later, and when I opened the book it opened to the exact page I had left off at. I like. The best part, though, is the way it tracks my reading pace. The Kindle Paperwhite will measure how long it takes you to finish each page and calculate how long it will take you to finish each chapter individually as well as the book as a whole. This was a trigger for my OCD at first; I was in a constant race with the Kindle’s timer – I had to beat the predicted time and woe be to the person who interrupted me and caused me to turn the page even one second too late… I’ve settled down quite a bit now and remember to freak out about the time race only occasionally.

6.  It has a Magical case.

I love my Kindle case! It is a black Poetic slim case; I bought it on Amazon for $8.75 and despite the low price it is super-sturdy. Here is the Magic part: when I open and close it, my Kindle turns on and off on it’s own. I know! Magic! Actually, I’m told it’s magnets. But I prefer to call it Magic.

7.  It has a long battery life.

The Kindle Paperwhite is advertised as having a battery life as long as 30 days. Now, this is if you only read 30 minutes per day. I read for hours a day, so I have to charge mine more often that that. Still, I can get away with charging it only every five to seven days. For as much as I use it, that’s fairly impressive.

8.  It syncs with the Kindle App on other devices.

I’ve loaded the Kindle App onto my iPhone and to The Boy’s iPad. That way, if I (gasp!) forget my Kindle at home, or if it’s charging, I can still read. Also, I can get books for The Boy to read on his iPad. The great thing about this is that no matter what device I’m using, my place in the book I’m reading will have been saved just as if I were on my Kindle.

9.  It has a built in Dictionary.

I love the built-in dictionary on my Kindle. When I come across a word I’m unfamiliar with, all I have to do is tap on it and the definition will pop up! Very handy.

10.  It has sentimental value.

My Kindle Paperwhite was given to me by someone very close to me, who loves me enough to celebrate my love for reading in such a thoughtful way. Every time I pick it up to use it, I think of her and of how lucky I am to have had her – and her family – in my life over the last seventeen years.

Do you use an e-Reader? Are you thinking about using one? What are your pros and cons about it?

Mother’s Day Printable Bookmark Project

The Boy and I were scouring the web for Mother’s Day gift ideas for Grammy (my mother, his grandmother). Of course, we decided, what could be better than a bookmark? Everyone needs a good bookmark! Grammy is a college professor, so she definitely would be able to put some bookmarks to use. Our minds were made up. We found these great printable Mother’s Day bookmarks by Amy at Living Locurto:

Mothers-Day-Bookmarks

There were black and white versions, too:

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Click on the pictures above to be taken to Living Locurto where you will be able to download and print the templates for yourself!

After printing the templates on cardstock, we cut the bookmarks out.

bookmark cut-out

At this point, it would add a great touch to use a hole punch at the top of each bookmark and tie on some ribbons to jazz things up a bit. We are lazy losers so we did not do this. I still think our bookmarks looked nice, though:

bookmark fan

The boy decorated an envelope, which we then put the bookmarks in to deliver to Grammy on Mother’s Day. Hope she likes them!

Are you celebrating Mother’s Day tomorrow? What kind of bookish gift did you give Mommy Dearest?