Let's not talk about boxes today. Oh, okay, one quick whine about the boxes. This is my view from here:
Alright. That's out of the way.
So. I haven't mentioned it, because I've been too busy whining about the boxes, but I have a new love in my life.
I have always preferred a paper book, so much that I've resisted getting an e-reader. There's something about physically turning pages that I appreciate. I am an enormous fan of the public library and always have been. At our old place, the library was a quick walk away, and I was there at least twice a week.
Here, the library is a not so quick walk away; and while I know my kids could totally do it, whether they could do it without whining and arguing is another matter. Suddenly e-readers are looking more appealing.
So I was thrilled when my friends at Staples asked me if we'd like to test out a Kindle Fire HD.
It was fairly easy to set up, once I realised I needed to set up an Amazon account (even if you only ever plan to use it for free apps...), and I'm about as tech savvy as a pencil.
You'll also need an app for downloading books. I went with Overdrive, which thankfully has many step by step instruction pages out there (here's one). I also had to set up an Adobe account so that I could read the books once I had them. Phew.
Once I had all of that set up, I went straight to the library website and managed to download three copies of the same book because I couldn't find it on my "bookshelf". (I've gotten better since then.)
It's not entirely intuitive, especially the book borrowing, but once you've got it, it really is pretty easy. I've found there is quite an extensive collection of both e-books and audio books to choose from, and you can even place holds on downloads.
I also put Netflix on it. The screen is amazing. I've watched movies on my iPad, and I'll tell you, the Kindle (while smaller) was much clearer. The sound on this thing is fabulous too, not the least bit tinny.
So I've found my new best friend. I was sick in bed for a couple of days, and I was not bored once. I read a book, played some games (Temple Run 2 is super fun) and chewed through season three of Downton Abbey (Waiting for season five is going to kill me).
I love the idea of having it loaded up with books for everyone. We're the type of people who like to have a nice variety of things to read at any given time, and having one small item rather than a bag of heavy books is so nice that I'm wondering why I resisted for so long.
I've even let the kids use it.
Of course, now there's a new problem. Whose turn is it to use the Kindle?
*Staples Canada provided me with a Kindle Fire HD for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.