Tuesday, March 4, 2014

R.I.P.



Last week a tragedy occurred in my reading life (ok, so tragedy might be overstating things just a bit).  I dropped my Kindle and - despite being in the same leather case it has been dropped in before - it died, never to be read again.  This is all it does now.

 RIP my friend.

So I wanted to check out all my options before going out and getting the exact same thing… I mean what if there is now a new Kindle I would like better??  I knew I didn’t want a Kindle Fire - my husband was given one and I’ve played with it, crisp screen, looks nice but it’s just too heavy and I don’t like reading for long periods of time on a backlit screen (not good on the eyes).  So that was out.  Next I looked at the new Kindle Paperwhite.  Looks incredible, but it only comes in a touch screen… could I get used to that?  So went down to my local Staples (love that place, BTW) to play with one. 

First off, I couldn’t even figure out how to use it!  It was on display with the Dictionary in view.  I could turn the pages back and forth, but after about 5 min of playing with it I never did figure out how to see something else besides the dictionary.  There are no physical keys AT ALL so I had no idea how to get to the menu.  I would not call that user friendly.  Secondly, while I was playing a helpful sales associate came over and I asked him about it.  He said that, even though he would make more money on the Kindle Paperwhite he would not recommend it because of how many people had come in complaining that after about 6 month the touch screen went dead on them… and, as I mentioned, no physical keys mean if touch screen goes out you’re up a creek without a paddle.  That was all I needed to hear.

So… Here is a picture of my brand new, exactly the same interface, Kindle. 


Then came the fun part. (which is actually visible in the picture)

Yesterday was an ice day (no school for the kids means I don’t get much done either) so I used my time stuck in the house to reload all my books (well, all the ones worth reloading).  And since that wasn’t time consuming enough I decided to reorganize them as well.  Instead of just one collection for everything “Paranormal,” I broke it down into “Vampires,” “Sci Fi,” “Angels,” and “Dystopian” (don’t ask why I had the “Dystopian” under “Paranormal” to begin with, I’m not sure myself).  I did keep the “Paranormal” as well for everything else that didn’t fit in those breakdowns, but now it only has 76 books instead of well over 100. 

See, much more organized and so worth my time, HA! 

How do you organize your books (Kindle or paper)?  Or do you just throw them on a shelf and hope to find them later? Please, tell me I'm not the only one this crazy.

1 comment:

  1. Yea!!!
    This is how I organize my books, you are going to laugh, "Books I've Read" and "Books I Didn't Like" Works for me!! I have only had my ereader for about two years and only have about 125 books on it, with roughly 50 in the "read" section, 12 in the "didn't like" section and about 50 on the Kindle that are waiting to be read or for me to decide I don't like them. I have a first and only generation Kindle Touch. I LOVE IT and can't say enough about it; love the touch interface; I can get anywhere, anytime in any of my books. I used my nephew's non touch Kindle one time and it drove me crazy. Anyway, until I put a lot more books on my Kindle and can't find what I need, this system fits my needs!

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