I have been researching the different e-readers lately and thought I might want one for my birthday. I have been leaning towards the Kindle, but I've hesitated because I know that money could be used for something so much more useful around the house. There are so many projects I want to do and spending money on an extravegance didn't seem right. I have always loved reading; it's a big part of my life. I grew up going to the library and still do, but the convenience of downloading a book at home called to me. Plus, I really loved the idea of free e-books off Amazon, and I noticed the Kindle is advertising the possibility of an app later in the year that allows downloading e-books from the library. My curiosity was piqued, so at my next library visit, I asked the librarian if the library system had an e-book library. She showed me where to go online. I had to download a program from the e-book website and the Adobe digital e-reader program. The website also houses audio books. Each library system will probably have its own host website, so if you are interested, check with your local library.
The e-books from the library are great, but the selection is limited, so I started wondering if there was a way to download the free e-books off of Amazon without a Kindle. I had not really put too much time into researching this because I've been busy with other things and I've had books for read, both from the physical library and the e-book library. But, low and behold, today I was catching up on one of the blogs I read, and she recently did a post on this very subject! I followed the link for the Kindle for PC app and am now able to download e-books off Amazon, including the free ones. Here's the link to her blog if you are interested in Kindle apps to use if you don't have a Kindle: http://www.farewelloffice.com/?p=771#comment-519.
I don't mind reading the books on my laptop, and now I have what I really wanted out of the Kindle, which is the ability to download e-books. I can put my laptop on my lap desk and read where ever I want, so portability is not an issue for me, and when I travel I would prefer to take a real book with me anyway. Maybe I'll eventually get a Kindle, but for now, I'm content.
So, happy e-reading,