Why I love a Kindle
I bought a Kindle about 6 months ago and absolutely love it. Kindle
is Amazon's reading device. It is, in some ways, similar to Apple's
IPAD, although roughly a third of the price. It is just a reading
device. IPOD is more like a scaled down laptop. In fact, it is priced
like a laptop. I researched the IPOD, Kindle, and Barnes and Nobel's
Nook and decided on the Kindle. Current cost is $189 or $139. See
www.amazon.com for details.
Here are a few reasons why I am so fired up about my Kindle:
- Book at about half price. You average price of
a new trade book is $9.99. If you buy very many books, the Kindle
will quickly pay for itself in savings on book prices. Where you
don't save money is old books that you can get used on Amazon really
cheap. I bought one the other day for Missy that cost $.01. They
make the money on shipping, I am sure. That was $5.99. Often, these
same old books, if they are available at all, are $9.99.
Occasionally you can get some books really cheap, even free I
started a Facebook group to pass along information about free books.
What I have learned is they don't stay free long.
- Any book, any time. I pastor out in the sticks.
There is no Internet access. We barely have running water and
electricity. I usually work on my sermon all week long, but reserve
some time on Saturday night to really go over it. (In the
Disciplemaking Teacher seminar I talk about why it is a good idea to
start your preparation early in the week.) On several occasions,
during that Saturday night brush up time, I have found and purchased
a book that had a story that really made a message work. I love
being able to buy books any time, anywhere. The technology, called
whispernet, (I guess because it is really quiet; come to think of
it, I don't remember it making any noise.) It piggybacks on the cell
service, and, like cell service there are some places you can't get
it. But, it is generally available anywhere. I have a second
generation Kindle. The new ones are Wi-Fi, which I assume to be
faster, but you have to be somewhere where there is Wi-Fi. They have
a with and without 3G, which is what allows you to get books
anywhere. I would definitely spring for the 3G. Unlike IPOD, you
don't pay a monthly fee; you only pay the cost of the books that you
- Search. I am doing a 21 week study through the
book of John. This week will be in chapter 5, the story of the man
healed at the pool of Bethesda. From the main screen, I type
Bethesda and hit search. It is not terribly fast, but it doesn't
take too long to search the 225 or so books I have purchased so far.
(Warning: this is where you don't save any money. It is so quick and
easy to buy books that I have bought a lot of books--more than one a
day since I
purchases it my Kindle.) Soon enough, I come up with this quote from
Lee Strobel's book, Case for Christ:
John 5:1–15 records how Jesus healed an invalid
by the Pool of Bethesda. John provides the detail that the pool had five
porticoes. For a long time people cited this as an example of John being
inaccurate, because no such place had been found. “But more recently the
Pool of Bethesda has been excavated— it lies maybe forty feet below
ground—and sure enough, there were five porticoes, which means
colonnaded porches or walkways, exactly as John had described.
This will be a side-bar in this week's sermon. It
is great to be able to search every book I have to find who has written
on a topic.
- Copy and paste. This is just a tad clumsy, but it is my number
one feature I love about the Kindle: the ability to copy and paste
short excerpts from books to include in sermons and my lessons,
Good Questions Have Groups Talking.
Warning: I have real ego sentence coming next. The use of the
Kindle makes it possible to provide incredible lessons! Why?
The lessons I am writing now include excerpts from world-class
writers. The number one complaint I hear about literature is
that it is not deep enough. It is too repetitive. Same old stuff.
The lessons I am writing now includes quotes from the nation's best
Christians writers--people like Beth Moore, John Ortberg, John
MacArthur, Tony Evans, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell and many, many
more. Add Kindle's ability to copy from new books to my already
expansive library of WordSearch books and you can see why I am so
excited about the lessons I am writing these days.
I just finished a series on apologetics. I bought
and used the following books as resources in the series:
The Facts on the Bible, John Ankerberg, John
Weldon, and Dillon Burroughs
The Case for Christmas: A Journalist
Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger, Lee Strobel
The Case for Easter: A Journalist
Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection, Lee Strobel
The Case for the Resurrection, Lee Strobel
The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates
the Toughest Objections to Christianity, Lee Strobel
Evidence for the Resurrection, Josh McDowell
A Ready Defense The Best Of Josh McDowell
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and
Apologetics, William Lane Craig.
I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist,
Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek
More Than a Carpenter, Josh McDowell
Mere Christianity. Lewis
Evidence That Demands a Verdict, 1. Josh
Know Who You Believe, Paul Little
Know What You Believe, Paul Little
The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal
Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus, Lee Strobel
The Reason for God, Timothy Keller
The Case for the Creator , Lee Strobel
Defending Your Faith: An Introduction. R.C.
Faith and Doubt, Ortberg
Can you think of any better resources to provide
quotes from in a series on apologetics? If you use these resources, do
you think anyone will accuse you of not being deep? Without a Kindle it
would be virtually impossible to search all these books for appropriate
quotes to include in your lessons. I love being able to provide
world-class information to the subscribers of
Good Questions Have Groups
- Great for travel. Of course, everyone doesn't
travel as much as we do, but when you do travel, it is great to be
able to bring one small device and have your entire library with
you. And if it breaks, I found Amazon has great customer service. I
dropped one on a hospital visit a couple of months back. I called
Amazon to see what my options were. I told them exactly what had
happened and they said as long as it fell from under shoulder height
that it was covered under warranty. They sent one next-day, Saturday
delivery to my hotel in Zachery, LA. All the books are
re-downloadable. You can't lose the books you have purchased--not as
long as Amazon is in business. You could drive over your Kindle and
although the Kindle itself would have to be re-purchased, you just
download all your books and you are good to go. You can have up to
five devices so that you and your wife could share the same books.
- Odds and ends. There are a few others
cool features on the Kindle that are of lesser importance, but still
- Font size. We have a lady in our church
with really bad eye sight that bought a Kindle for this feature.
You can get the letters an inch tall if you want.
- Read to me. The book will actually read to
you. You can be reading a book, hop in the car, have it read to
you out loud (it is a little machine like but better than I
thought it would be). When you get to where you are going the
Kindle will be on the right page.
- Clumsy browser. The Wi-Fi version might
work better, by 3G is so slow this is almost useless.
- Games. I know nothing about these.
Like more information, head over to
www.amazon.com or your local Best Buy to hold a Kindle in your hand.
If you love to read, I don't think you will be sorry.