A Kindle or a Dozen Roses?

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.

The stores are stocked with flowers, chocolates, and cards galore, but Gwynly won’t be among the many men flocking to buy those traditional gifts. He already got mine.

Earlier this week, he visited me in my office and said to go ahead and order the Kindle I wanted as my Valentine’s Day present. I squealed and carried on something fierce. Yes, I’m like that.

Gwynly’s announcement came as a huge surprise. He’s a frugal fellow, so an extravagant gift like this is, to use a writerly term, out of character. Not that he isn’t romantic in his own way. In years past, I’ve received a dozen roses and mushy card. He prefers to do his shopping at Safeway’s floral shop, though, spending a fraction of the price he’d pay a big name florist for a similar product, which is fine with me. By saving money on flowers, there’s more money for books. πŸ™‚

This year, Gwynly outdid himself. The way I see it, he gave me a library. I’ll be able to store thousands of books on a device that slips in my purse.

My Kindle arrived today, and I went through the basic tutorial. I’ve got plenty to learn. For starters, I need Gwynly’s help to get a Wi-fi connection established. I’ve got books waiting to be sent to my Kindle, but low-tech me can’t get the router to recognize my e-reader . . . or something like that.

Even though I can’t read a book on my Kindle yet, I’m already a fan. I figured out how to enlarge the text and adjust the line spacing and length, making reading on the Kindle easy on my 51-derful-year-old eyes. I thought I’d miss the feel of a book in my hands, but that isn’t so. The Kindle case is cleverly designed, making it easy to hold. And I do like the free downloads Amazon offers.

I didn’t think I’d ever embrace e-books, but I’ve changed my mind. Not that I’ve lost my love of a traditional print book, but I can see benefits to both. What I predict is that I’ll probably buy more books because I have an e-reader. They’re less expensive and don’t take up shelf space. But will I give e-books as gifts? I doubt it, although that may change.

Gwynly scored major points with his Valentine’s gift this year. In fact, he was so sweet that I just might let him borrow my Kindle from time to time.

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Do you own an e-reader or have one on your wish list?

Do you think there’s a place for both print and e-books?

If you have an e-reader, what features are your favorites?

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About Keli Gwyn

I'm an award-winning author of inspirational historical romance smitten with the Victorian Era. I'm currently writing for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical line of wholesome, faith-filled romances. My debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, was released July 1, 2012. I'm represented by Rachelle Gardner of Book & Such Literary. I live in a Gold Rush-era town at the foot of the majestic Sierras. My favorite places to visit are my fictional worlds, other Gold Country towns and historical museums. When I'm not writing I enjoy taking walks, working out at Curvesβ„’ and reading.
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12 Responses to A Kindle or a Dozen Roses?

  1. Char Chaffin says:

    Yayy, Keli! Kindles are the best, and definitely worth more than candy or chocolates (the likes of which I can’t have, anyhow). I got one for Christmas this past year from the marvelous hubby, and I love it to pieces. Downloading is easy, and you can find package deals on Ebay, for all genre of books. I take mine everywhere I go and I also read while I’m on the treadmill. I just enlarge the font so that I can read from a distance. Have fun with it, and tell Gwynly he’s de man!

    Char

  2. Wendy says:

    You give me hope I might like one someday. I’ve been slow to make the transition (even in my head). How cute are you on that chair? My man is frugal too. My favorite gifts are B&N gift certificates. πŸ˜€ He scores big on those.
    ~ Wendy

  3. Congratulations! I love my Kindle – hubby got it for me for Christmas. I’m like a kid in a candy store, scoping out all the free downloads. Absolutely amazing! Especially fond of the light feature on my case – great for night-time reading in the car. Sync feature is incredible! Love the fact that Kindle downloads are less expensive than print books. Definitely think there’s a place for both print and e-books. It’s very wise to be informed about the changes e-books are having on the publishing industry. Have a beautiful weekend enjoying your Kindle!

  4. Susan Mason says:

    Hi Keli,

    I got a Sony Reader two Christmas’s ago and I do like it, although I don’t use it very much. I got some free downloads with the initial purchase, mostly the classics like Pride and Prejudice, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, etc. The Sony Reader store is expensive, I find. So I don’t download too much. But it came in very handy when I wanted a Harlequin author’s older books and couldn’t find them anywhere that would ship to Canada. So I downloaded them, and because they were older prints, they were a reasonable price.
    I find the battery wears down quickly when not being constantly used, so when I want to pick it up, I have to recharge on my laptop first. Must try it on the treadmill though!!

    Cheers,
    Sue

  5. Who says its not like a physical book you can curl up with? Look at you! You are totally comfy and cozy with your new Kindle. What a romantic that Gwynly!

  6. An e-reader is a definite on my wish list. I think they are here to stay, and like you, I’ll probably expand my library significantly with the lesser cost and ease of purchase. *Zap* Another e-book appears on your e-reader! πŸ™‚ Blessings to you, Keli, and congrats on your perfect Valentine gift…

  7. Congrats Keli!! I’m very happy that your sweet husband gave you such a special gift! πŸ™‚ ~ I must confess I haven’t caught the e-reader craze yet (yes, call me old-fashioned, haha!) but I still prefer holding an actual book. However….who knows? Maybe if I actually tried an e-reader I’d love it. Perhaps one day…. πŸ˜‰ In the meantime, I’m enjoying the flowers and Valentine cake (YUM!) my husband brought me! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend, Patti Jo

  8. Don’t you love it when husbands get it right! πŸ™‚ I got a kindle for Christmas and LOVE IT!
    I am a fan of shopping online as well as instant gratification. So it is right up my alley!

  9. I think that’s a very romantic gift… very well thought out! I have a wonderful vase filled with yellow tulips… a favourite. I still love the paper and ink version of books but have come to appreciate eBooks, too. I don’t have an eReader yet, but would love an iPad or Kindle someday when my budget allows. My compromise was to download the Kindle app to my MacBook laptop. I can’t curl up in a chair with it like you, but with my feet up in my recliner I’m comfy. πŸ™‚

  10. Anne Barton says:

    Aw, what a thoughtful gift. Happy Valentine’s Day! When I’m reading a good story on my Kindle I forget it’s not an actual book. Sometimes I pull at the upper right corner of the reader, trying to turn the page before I remember I’m supposed to press the Next Page button. Duh! Does anybody else do that?

    The thing I miss is being able to flip quickly to a favorite passage. I don’t use the bookmark feature much, cause I never know what section I’m going to want to come back to. I have a couple craft books on my Kindle and sometimes I reach for them on my actual bookshelf, wanting to reference something quickly, and I think, I’m sure I had that book . . . Again, duh!!!

    It’s awesome though. I esp. love it for vacations and trips. Enjoy, Keli!

  11. territiffany says:

    Your husband is sweet and wise! I totally agree about buying flowers where they are cheaper!!
    Enjoy your new Kindle. My daughter got one and loves her. Glad to read you can enlarge the font–good news for these eyes if I ever get one someday:)

  12. That is an adorable picture of you!!

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