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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Answer a survey question and win a book!!

Quick question and then I promise I'll post pictures from Quilt Market.
Do you have a Kindle? Or Kindle Touch? Or Kindle Fire?
What do you think of them? Do you have wifi, 3g, ads,  no ads? 
I'm thinking of getting one, which is a big step for me, as I'm a BIG library fan, always carrying around library books on every trip I take! But I can't decide which one to get. I need help (well, that's an understatement...)


Give me your opinion and win a book.....
Judy Martin's Cookies 'n' Quilts.


But you need to comment by Saturday, please...


Love to you all,
Randy
ps: I have to show you a picture from my morning with Ryan:



53 comments:

  1. Oh, my! I am the first to respond. I have an iPad, first generation, and love it. Non-wi-fi, so I still have to get connected, but that's Life. Not only does it have the Apple Book app, but it has an app for the Kindle and Nook, so I can get books all 3 venues. (and you can download from your Library as well!) Compared to the 2nd and 3rd iPad generations, it's probably a dinosaur...it's heavier, not as sleek, and without a camera...but I love it for the portability, versatility, large screen, internet connection and email ability. I'm seeing everyone doing credit card transactions with the iPad now...amazing! But, I can't imagine anything smaller, although I've heard good things about the Kindle Fire (portability and compactness). I hope this helps you some! Jump on in...I know you'll love it! Keep up the great work with your blog, too!

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  2. I will probably be buying the Kindle Fire this weekend. I too, am spending a lot of time researching this. I just can't bring myself to spend the money on the iPad. I have a laptop so really don't need the email, internet capability. I just want to download all of the neat free books that I have been finding and trying to read on my Smart Phone! Love that you can tuck it in your purse also. Good luck with your search! I'll be anxious to see what you decide.

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  3. I have a Kindle Fire and absolutely love it. I can read books, books, books. There are quite a few websites where you can download books for free and also you can purchase all you want from Amazon.com. I have Angry Birds, bowling, pinball, cards, slots, etc.for game apps and believe me I was never a game playing-type person but since I got the Kindle and discovered Angry Birds - my time is sooooo occupied when not quilting. I believe the Kindle Fire is approx $199 - about 1/3 of the cost of an IPad. I love mine and the only thing I can tell you is that you need to read about all of them - you decide what fits your budget and what your intentions for use are. Good luck in your search. Debra Broyles, quiltingprettyquilts@cox.net

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  4. I'm just so relieved to see your post doesn't involve a bonus block! VBG
    I'm trying to get caught up on the Sow-Along tonight and tomorrow.
    We just have a Nook, so I am no help on the Kindle (so not in the giveaway), but I wanted to say Ryan sure is a cutie!!

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  5. Love my Kindle Fire - I have wireless but not 3G. I read tons of books on it and use it to access lots of blogs too. I like its size. It fits nicely in my purse. I got a neoprene cover to protect it from bumps and bruises. I've had it since Christmas (a gift from my sons). It uses the same charger as my cell phone - a Droid -so I can even charge it in my car. Good luck with your research.

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  6. Love my Kindle w/wifi. Nothing fancy. I'm a huge fan of free books so I watch out for them all the time. If only I live along enough to read all the books and make all the quilts...

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  7. I have a b&w Kindle, not the first generation but before the Fire came out. I have WiFi but I just use it for downloading books. My dd has a Nook with color that does email and all sorts of things. I'd love to have color, but then I have a laptop if I really want color, so I'll save my money for fabric! BTW I made it a cool cover using the Nancy Zieman Clover templates.

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    1. P.S. I still really love an actual book, but carrying just the Kindle beats dragging along a stack of books when you travel.

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  8. Have none of the kindles, but my daughter has several, the monthly cost is different on them and might be a deciding factor. Since you use the library, might see what format they are geared to.....

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  9. I have the Kindle Touch with the ads. I love, love, love it! I have read more books since my dh gave it to me for Christmas than I had read in years. I have found my love of reading again. The ads do not bother me a bit. I don't even notice them. I also have the WiFi version. It is so easy to go to Amazon and have a book in seconds. I have downloaded so many free books that I keep forgetting that I already have books that show up. Thankfully Amazon reminds me that I have already ordered it. I had the opportunity to get the Fire, but since I just wanted it for reading books, saw no need to get anything that fancy. I only have to charge mine about once a week and I use it a lot. Did I say I love my Kindle Touch? LOL

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  10. He is SO cute! I do not have a kindle, would like to win though.~ Thank you for the chance. I hope you enjoy whatever Kindle you end up with.

    Lucy~

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  11. I tried the Kindle on a Droid phone for two weeks. I hope to add the app again when I upgrade to an iphone. I think if I got a reader it would be the Kindle fire. Bonnie H is so good at sharing the freebies, I'm feeling left out of the techno-loop. good luck choosing!

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  12. I have a Kindle wifi and the Kindle Fire wifi. Kindle Fire is definitely the way to go! I can access the internet with it, download movies, books, and children book apps that include Dr.Seuss. I have my cookbooks, knitting, nursing, and I just really enjoy it. Love using it for Youtube tutorials. I can set it right by my sewing machine to sew along. I could almost replace my laptop with it...almost.

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  13. no kindle, no kindle fire, no nook...just old fashioned books--hard cover, soft cover doesn't matter. enjoy reading with a tactile atmosphere...

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  14. Love my Kindle 3G - and also have the app on my phone. - great when sitting waiting for appointments etc I have downloaded loads of free or not quite free books and it is especially great for reading in bed or on holiday. Still love real books but this is a real treat if like me you read really fast. ! you can never buy the right model as they are always being upgraded so you just have to bite the bullet and get one

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  15. I have the Kindle Touch which I like for reading outside. I still like the feel of a real book but I think I will really love the Touch the more I use it. Someday I would love an IPad for internet and school related lessons.

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  16. Hi Randy, Kindles are brilliant. I have Kindle for PC, and Kindle for iPod - and read on both, especially whilst waiting for appointments or a 'quick read'. Like many others who have left comments, I did heaps of research and was going to go with the Kindle Fire as it was also in colour. The big draw back was that it was not text-to-speech enabled, and I wanted to hear the books while I sewed. Ended up with a Kindle Touch - go for 3G and W-Fi. That way it will download from the Cloud anywhere and sync along beautifully as well when you buy from Amazon. Plus there are some pretty good websites that link the free or Bargain buys from Amazon as well. Make sure what ever Kindle you buy, that you get a screen protector and a cover with a built-in light. That should be all that you require....Maybe in a little while I will look at the Kindle Fire again. Thanks so much for the Barrister's Block - I love it! Jenny (ja-jazzy@hotmail.com)

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  17. If it's just for reading books , the no-ad wifi Kindle is probably the one for you. It is not back lit, so easy on the eyes and the battery lasts longer.....and seems more like reading a book than an electronic device.

    The 3G isn't necessary if you load plenty of books on before you take a trip - it holds plenty.

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  18. Hi Randy
    I am a librarian, so I love library books as well! If you have an iPad, there is a free kindle app you can download. The iPad has so many capabilities, the ereader being one of them. You will most likely be able to download free ebooks from your library website. I deal with all kinds of devices, and I personally think the iPad has the most bang for your buck.
    That being said,,,,,I prefer to read real books.
    Happy shopping
    Deb

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  19. I have the least expensive Kindle with no ads and love it. I have read more the past year than in several prior years. And the most wonderful thing is my library is now offering ereader books. When this Kindle decides to stop working I will definately purchase another Kindle but will get one that has internet access.

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  20. I got the standard Kindle with wifi about 1.5 years ago, and being a book lover was afraid I would hate it. Glad to say I LOVE my Kindle - no ads. We have wifi in the house and I just use it to read so the basic version works for me. I got the same for my Mom for Mothers Day. We each have the cover so it protects the kindle and makes it 'feel' like a book, with extra lighting if needed. I already have that Judy Martin book but just wanted to share the kindle experience. If you will only be reading and not doing audio books, the basic version would be fine. If you plan to do other things - audio book and internet go up a step or two. Good luck deciding!

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  21. I got the standard Kindle with wifi a year and a half ago. I love it. I buy some ebooks, have a few daily posts subscriptions that let me know about free books, and I borrow books from our library e-book site. I never run out of things to read; have scrabble on it and a few games for bored grandkids to play in the car. I'm happy as can be with it; a relative has the Kindle Fire and has replaced it three times due to various software glitches. Have fun figuring out your choice.

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  22. I had a standard Kindle, and now have the Kindle Fire and I love it! I can check my e-mail, read blogs and do basically anything that I can do on my laptop. I have downloaded tons of free books - rarely do I ever buy one. I definitely would recommend it!

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  23. I've had a kindle for years--I was an early adapter--and I love it so much! It's really great for travel--lightweight and you can carry a whole library with you!!! I am thinking about getting the Kindle Fire, but I probably will wait until my Kindle needs to be replaced. If this were my first one, I'd get the Fire.

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  24. Call me old fashioned but I really love the feel of a book in my hand, turning the pages, going back a page or two to reread a paragraph. I know that you can do that with the Kinle or Nook but I prefer the old printed book.

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  25. I gave my 22 year old daughter a Kindle Touch for Xmas 2011 and she loves it. Her only complaint is the cost of the books. The price has gone up recently with many at the $12.99 price tag. The display is easy on the eyes as it it not backlit like a computer is. I have the free Kindle App on my MacBook laptop and have read about 3 books on it. I find my old eyes do get fatigued reading as the screen is backlit. I have also read books on my iPhone. I had to try this as I could not imagine actually reading a book on my phone but it works! I still prefer real books though. But for traveling, the Kindle is great. I checked out the Kindle Fire but did not like it, I found that small shiny screen a bit much for my eyes! I hope this helps.

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  26. I don't have any type of book reader. But I would still love to get the free book.
    Betty
    bgk44 @ msn.com

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  27. Have you thought about the Nook? I have it and I love it! My husband and grandson have one too. We all havae the Nook Tablet...love to sit at night reading and checking email...so much handier than the laptop.

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  28. I am behind times myself, but this year I actually got an iPOD. The reason why I got an iPOD was to listen to audiobooks. Wisconsin has a digital library and our muncipality bought a membership to use this library last year. Residents can check out copies of books (e and audio), music and videos electronically. It is a really great system and I think that it is the wave of the future for libraries. The important thing to know is if your state and municipality has something like this or plans to in the future. You would want to get something that supports what they have or get. Library useage is free, but you might have to wait for a title and copy useage does expire. If you really fall in love with something that you check out from the library or you simply can't wait, then you can always buy! If money were no object, I would look more towards an iPAD. You can buy kindle apps for some of these devices. I love to listen to books while I quilt! Good luck with your decision. Amy in WI

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  29. am I the only one who noticed that you're going to have another Grandbaby??!!!

    I don't have any of the above....I still work a 60hr work week, and if I have spare time I'm sewing!

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  30. I am still a paper lover so won`t be able to help you with that but the knowledge of the above answers will help me if I ever decide to get one. That Boy is just always smiling you really make his day!

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  31. Sorry, don't have any of the afore mentioned gadgets. I really like the feel and smell of books in my hand; however, I do listen to audio books while quilting. Does this throw me out of the chance to win the drawing? I hope not! I would love to win Cookies n' Quilts. Thank you for the opportunity and I hope you get enough answers to your questions to help you make a decision.

    Judy

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  32. I'm still debating on which Kindle to buy myself. I've downloaded over 70 books to my computer from Amazon (all free) and hoping that I can download to whatever Kindle I buy. I think that I only want to use it for reading books, so I'll probably just get the basic one. If I travelled any, I'd probably upgrade since I don't have laptop or any other mobile device. Good luck with any decision you make.
    cindy cke49 at yahoo dot com

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  33. If you like to read at night, get a Barnes &Noble Nook Color or the new nook glow. I have a kindle touch and a nook color and I use the nookcolor much more.

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  34. I love my Kindle Fire! I received for Christmas and since, I've downloaded as many free Kindle books as I've paid for. I do have wifi at home, but I'm able to upload any place that has free wifi. Work, McDonald's (when I'm with the grandkids!), coffee shops, etc. Since it's backlit, I can read in bed without having the lights on (the hubs appreciates that)and in the car when we travel. I'm thoroughly pleased with mine. Good luck on your choice!

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  35. I just love regular books...and I usually don't buy them, just support my local library! I'd love to be in the drawing though! Laura

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  36. I have a Kindle. Sometimes I use it a lot and sometimes not. I do like it. I can download from my library. Have made a few purchases but like free books from Amazon too. jmmarston@hotmail.com

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  37. I have a basic kindle. It's nice for travel and retreats when I'm packing lots of other stuff. But I get only the free books from Amazon as I don't see the point of buying a book when my library is just down the street. I try to save money whenever I can so I have more to spend on quilty things!
    Linda in CT
    ljdutcher@yahoo.com

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  38. Hi, I have the kindle app on my iPad and love it! I use it all the time. I like having the iPad for all the cool stuff it does and the app was free and works perfectly (I do have to pay for the books) and purchasing them is so easy. My iPad was a gift, but my friend just bought a reconditioned used iPad for a really good price. She chose it after researching kindles, just something to think about.

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  39. I have a Kindle. I have an Apple laptop so I can also read my Kindle books on iCloud. I don't think Wifi is something we have. It is something that is available when we are out and about. Like there is Wifi available at Starbucks. That is just internet access. When I am on my iPhone, but I am not in a service area (correct terminology?) I use 3G to get contact. I am really not that tech savvy. I rely on DH to explain everything to me.

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  40. I too love to read, but I love to sew more. My solution was to purchase an MP3 player and I download free books from the library to listen to as I sew. A friend (retired libraian)has a Kindle Fire she loves because it's back lit and she can read in the dark. I try to sleep in the dark. I think the Kindle Fire has a voice so you can listen, but it's to big to hassle with as I sew. I made a little pouch for my MP3 and it's small, so it just hangs there around my neck and I listen comfortably as I sew. Let us know what you select.

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  41. Kindle, yes, but darn it i still like to turn those pages of a book.

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  42. I have a kindle 3G WiFi. I seem to you it sporatically. However, at least in my case I don't read books over and over. Therefore, I don't have stacks of books sitting around. I also follow the sites that give reviews on free e-books. That way if I don't like the book, I can just delete it and I haven't spent alot of money. I have a friend that thought she would never switch to a kindle because she likes the feel of a real book. Even she is looking at a kindle fire.

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  43. I have the kindle fire and I love it for reading. It's really good for nights when I can't get back to sleep as I can read in the dark and not bother anyone. Be sure to keep the charger with you as the battery lasts for little more than one book.

    I'm still trying to figure out how to use it for internet/wifi access. We do have wi/fi at home and I've tried in hotels when traveling... sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. when it does work the page format is very diff from my desktop and I don't like that. My biggest complaint is how slow it is to work on the internet. I know others have told me they use it for movies or music... haven't figured that out yet... haven't really had time to try. I really wish that it had a paper booklet with directions on how to use it with pictures... you know step by step... #1 turn it on by pressing this button!

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  44. I just went through this SAME dilema ... researched the heck out of it, too (paralegal background, you know). ANYWAY ... my dilema was answered when my retirement party (complete surprise to me) resulted in my all my bosses collecting $$ and gifting me with a Kindle DX. Love, love, love that thing. It has WiFi and I am fortunate enough to be part of a library system that has e-books you can download ... how cool is that! I also own an iPad which is nice for the WiFi part but I haven't downloaded a book app yet so no help there. There are LOTS of free books out there on Amazon to download ... sometimes when newly published they will put a number of downloads out there before they start to charge. Recommend the Kindle ... I am very happy with it.

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  45. I'm in the same boat with you. I love libraries and all that they bring to our communities, but I can see the advantage of having an e-reader. Our library has started to "loan" digital books, too. I am leaning toward the Kindle, but unsure of which version.

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  46. Today our local library had Kindle Fire, Kindle keyboard, and Nook available for us to compare the differences. A couple of the librarians have Nook Color as their personal e-readers and spoke very highly of it. I liked the size of the Kindle Fire but unsure about reading with the backlit screen, although it can be adjusted. I'm planning to check Consumer Reports and see what they have found on e-readers. Good Luck with your choice! And mine, too!! lol
    Anita

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  47. I love and prefer real books, but I just got myself a Kindle Touch because there are many older books that I can't find in the library and which are very expensive to buy. I've been getting them as e-books which I used to read on my laptop. However, I'm starting to have a problem with dry eyes, and reading on a computer screen irritates them. So I got the Kindle Touch, Wii-Fi, with ads. Its screen is very easy to read. Its menus are very easy to navigate. It's very easy to look up unknown words in the dictionary with the Kindle Touch. (I read that it's a little awkward to do that on the regular Kindle.) Since I have Wii-Fi at home I decided that I wouldn't need the 3G model. Perhaps I would have gotten that if I were the sort of person who has to do a lot of traveling. The ads are not intrusive at all. They never show while you're reading. So I'm glad I saved $30 by choosing the ad option.

    You can't read the Kindle Touch in a dark room, but I would find using a glowing screen (such as an iPad, a computer screen, or a Kindle Fire) in darkness to be hard on the eyes anyway. So I am content to read my Kindle in good lighting just like a real book. I hope I'm in time for your give-away, but if not, I still wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying my Kindle Touch.

    P.S. Don't forget to buy a power adapter. It isn't included with the Kindle, though you can use the included USB cable to charge through your computer. However, it's faster to charge using the power adapter.

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  48. I don't have any of the items mentioned above either but have been thinking of getting an IPAD. I think it would be easier than dragging a laptop around when we travel. I would also get the Kindle App as Bonnie Hunter is always telling about free books. I do like to read in bed, and I am a big reader....So I am very interested in the survey. Thanks for the offer of the book

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  49. I have a Kindle (last year's Mothers day present). Since I live in a rural area, getting to any library is difficult. It has been a great success on trips (no more carrying 2-3 heavy books in the carry on) & great for the budget (free books to download). The only downside of a Kindle - it's not a very good fly swatter (my sister used her to swat a bug & had to buy a new Kindle).

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