Wonderful Wednesday – Whispersync

Anyone who discusses ebooks with me for three seconds will learn that I’m an amazon fangirl. I love the site layout, the selection, the prices, and the Kindle itself. I own a Kindle Keyboard (4th edition) and a Kindle Fire (1st edition), and I’ve eyed the new Kindle Fire and just haven’t convinced myself to spend the money yet.

But for today’s Wonderful Wednesday, I specifically want to touch on a new-ish feature that I adore: Whispersync.

I’m fond of audio books for long car trips and the daily commute, but I also listen at work and at the gym. One of my favorite things about my Kindle Keyboard is the ability turn on Text-to-Speech and have it read books to me. Given the price of the average audio book and the fact that many books I enjoy are not available, I’ve used it quite a lot. It also … Continue reading

Wonderful Wednesday!

It’s hump day! Over halfway through the work week, and what better way to celebrate than to talk about the various kick ass things that can be found in my little online world? For my inaugural Wonderful Wednesday post, I’d like to praise two of my favorite book-related things: amazon.com wish lists and ereaderiq.com price tracking, which go hand in hand to accomplish the one thing that truly makes it worth praising…

It lets me get more books for less money.

What reader wouldn’t love that?!

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Wish Lists

Amazon’s wish list function is pretty stinkin’ awesome in general. I never used it in the early days, because I always thought of it as something only useful for giving other people a list of things I wanted for Christmas and birthdays. Then, about two years ago, I realized that these wish … Continue reading

A Revelation

I’ve been reading a lot this year. My goal to read 100 books this year is coming along really well — 37 books read so far! Part of my success has been my huge stash of books and my ability to pick up anything I want at the drop of a hat, thanks to my Kindle. I make sure that I don’t go more than a couple of days before I pick a new book, even if I’m not in the mood to read.

Next week a local book group is going to be discussing World War Z by Max Brooks. Since it’s been on the peripheral of my TBR list for awhile, I thought it would be worth reading just to join the discussion, so a friend and I dropped by a local used bookstore to look for it. They didn’t have it, but I had almost $40 … Continue reading

Book Hoarding

Hi. My name is Eliza, and I’m a hoarder.

Well, a hoarder of books, anyway. (And okay, office supplies, too, but we’re not talking about that.)

Pretty much all of my friends are geeks and readers, so collectively they own lots and lots of books, but no one has quite the collection I do. Some of this could be a space issue, because people living in a small apartment are obviously not going to have as much room for bookcases as me in my 2400 sq ft house.

But really, I had almost as many when I was in a small apartment.

I honestly don’t know what the exact count is. I’ve done a few estimates by counting the number of books on one shelf and then multiplying by the number of shelves (approximately 1100 books), but that doesn’t even count my massive Kindle library. The strangest part — the … Continue reading

Why I Love My Kindle

I love the feel of a paperback (never hardback, ugh) book in my hands. I own around a thousand of them, all proudly displayed on shelves in my living room. My mom has always been a big reader, and her own shelves dwarf mine. I worked in several different book stores in my teens and twenties. I was an English major. I come by it naturally.

I’m the sort of person who can walk into Barnes & Noble and spend 3 hours just looking at book covers and reading the copy. I’m the same with libraries. It’s like a drug. (To be fair, I was also the same with Blockbuster Video, before it went the way of Netflix.)

But I also like technology and the toys that come with it. I rarely snap things up the second they’re out on the market, but once they’re tested and there’s a bit … Continue reading