Friday Night Links: Kindle Edition

by Krantcents · 22 comments

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I got a Kindle for Father’s Day!  I know, what is the big deal?  A few years ago, my children started buying me gifts that I would not buy for myself.  It started with an iPod and went from there.  I received the Kindle early because my daughter is on vacation.  After charging it, I looked for some books on the library website.  Odd, I know to look for ebooks at the library.

Within 24 hours, I found two (2) books and downloaded them on to my ereader.  Typical of new technology, I am a convert within a short 24 hour period.  Before getting the Kindle, I could give many reasons not to buy it.  Now that I have one, I love it.  It helps that it was a gift.  It will probably expand my reading since I will have to find authors that the library carries as a ebook.  I do not plan on buying any ebooks, but you never know.  I will either use the library or share books from my friends.

I am 20% into my new book and enjoying the experience.  Have you crossed over into ereaders?  I am starting to wonder, why I was so resistant to it.  I think the only reason was the cost of the ereader.  That is not a problem when  it comes to great personal finance articles.I can also identify the best or my favorite articles of the week.  This makes a good segue to today’s picks for Friday Night Links.

The following articles caught my attention:

The Financial Blogger - Finding That Reason Why You Wake Up Everyday

The Simple Dollar -Closed Off Unused Rooms

Thousandaire  - Public Transportation Increases Productivity

Untemplater  - How To Switch Careers:  Real Life Advice To Help You Succeed

Watson  - The Art of Doing Less

The selection of blogs is up to the committee of one established by krantcents as a representative of the Academy of Frugal Journalistic Writers. That committee can be influenced by meaningful comments, signing up for my RSS feeds, backlinks, links, trackbacks, Facebook Likes, Twitter, Re-tweets, Digg, StumbleUpon, delicio, Yahoo Buzz, Google Bookmarks and other social media. If you plan on creating a single purpose political action committee (PAC) to buy advertising on my blog to solely influence the committee, please go ahead! Please understand it will not influence the results.

I read more than five hundred (500) articles a week and I highlight just five (5) in my Friday Night Links.  Happy Father’s Day  Thanks for reading Friday Night Links Kindle Edition.

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Jon Rhodes June 15, 2012 at 4:49 am

I was thinking of getting a Kindle for my wife. She has too many books cluttering up the house. They look to me to be a great space saver!

Krantcents June 15, 2012 at 6:19 am

My wife received a Kindle about a year and a half ago and she loves it. I think I resisted it or just couldn’t justify the cost. I like the idea of downloading books from the library vs. going to the library.

Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter June 15, 2012 at 6:46 am

That is so nice of your kids. These Kindles seem to be really handy. I see a lot of people at work use them on their lunch breaks.

Krantcents June 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

I have resisted buying one because I like the physical book, but I have become a convert. It saves me from going to the library, so it is a win/win!

AverageJoe June 15, 2012 at 7:45 am

I haven’t come over to the dark side yet. My wife has one and continually tells me I’ll love it. I’m sure I will, but like you, I’m reticent to spend that kind of money on myself. Have a good weekend!

Krantcents June 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

Me too! My wife received it as a gift a year and a half ago. She loves it! I think I was reluctant to get one because I am too cheap too. Now, I love it.

Thad P @ June 19, 2012 at 5:10 am

I wonder if the day will come when municipalities build smaller libraries (cause they won’t need to house books), and give Kindles to every home in the city. Savings would be tremendous.

Krantcents June 19, 2012 at 6:30 am

They may not give Kindles, but access is key. I can download ebooks on my computer, although not as convenient as a Kindle.

Roshawn @ Watson Inc June 15, 2012 at 8:06 am

I am honored to be included :-) I hope you are having a fabulous Friday.

Krantcents June 15, 2012 at 9:57 am

You’re welcome. Your article reminds me to focus on what is important in life.

From Shopping to Saving June 15, 2012 at 9:25 am

Hope you are having a great Friday! I really wanted a Kindle but everyone, including my parents, forced me to get an iPad. It’s pretty stupid, but I listened to them. The only reason I did that is because my parents said they would pay the difference between a Kindle and an iPad. Well, I don’t use the iPad and I think I would have been much happier with a Kindle!

Krantcents June 15, 2012 at 10:00 am

The Kindle is great for reading books. It is small and very portable. An iPad has so much capabilities! I was thinking of getting either an iPad or laptop to use when I do not want to sit at my desk, but my frugality stops me. Maybe next year.

Brent Pittman June 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I love my kindle and it’s helped me consume many more books. You can catch some really good books, usually most books are free the first 5 days. What are you reading?

Krantcents June 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I am a big Stuart Woods fan. I am about half way through Blood Orchid. I read the whole Stone Barrington series (19 books) two summers ago. I really like the idea of downloading books vs. going to the library to check out and return books. I expect the Kindle will be very convenient when I travel.

Lance@MoneyLife&More June 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I got a kindle fire for christmas and I bought a set of books on it and really liked the experience. I’ll have to try the library and see if I can borrow kindle books here too.

Krantcents June 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Los Angeles Public Library offers it with a pretty good selection. With more people getting ereaders, the demand is increasing. I am trying to read books that were out for a while where it may be easier to get.

Buck Inspire June 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Happy Father’s Day! I used my BlackBerry for years and then switched to iPhone when my company bought it for me. One of the problems for being in personal finance, we sometimes don’t spend on ourselves even if would be very beneficial.

Krantcents June 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Very true! I usually do not indulge myself unless I can justify it in dollars and cents. A gift makes it the right price though and I do enjoy it.

Barbara Friedberg June 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I totally get it!!! Don’t have an ereader yet. I know if I had one, I’d love it. I’m finally moving closer to grabbing a tablet…. My b day is coming up :)

Krantcents June 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I was so resistent until I received it as a gift! I think I am too frugal. Now I am an advocate for ereaders and I now understand why they are so popular.

Untemplater June 18, 2012 at 12:17 am

Thanks for the mention!! And Happy Father’s Day!! That is awesome you got a Kindle. I don’t have any e-reader at the moment. For the day to day I’m fine using just my iphone but when I travel I admit I’m jealous of people with Kindles and iPads. I just can’t bring myself to spend the money.

But if I ever do get one I know I will go nuts reading e-books through the library. The SF public library has a fantastic collection from what I’ve heard from colleagues. Meanwhile I just check out a lot of the “old school” printed books from the library.

Krantcents June 18, 2012 at 6:27 am

I like physical books too, but I adapted extremely quickly. I just finished my first book and have 10 more reserved. I love the idea of not going to the library to check out and return books.

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