Another reason to buy a Kindle

Let me start by saying that I am completely happy with my Kindle. I was a reluctant convert to e-readers at first, but the more books I read on it the happier I am that I bought one. I find it easier to read and easier to manage (no longer dropping the book on my cat while turning the page).

I’ve now discovered another great advantage to owning a Kindle.

I have a daily mission to go around Twitter and WordPress and find new writers and new books. I started listing people in my notebook whose novel sounded interesting. I also had a couple on scraps of paper (not good for someone who is trying to get organised) and a few from Direct Messages on Twitter.

With the best will in the world I wont go back to the lists and investigate them all. But I don’t have to do it that way.


It was the answer I was looking for. When I find someone who has a book I might like to read, I find it on Amazon and send a sample to my Kindle. When I’ve finished reading a full novel I read a couple of samples. I can download the full novel for the ones I like and I can remove the samples I don’t want to finish.


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I LOVE technology!

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I'm a writer working my way through the redrafts of a British crime novel. I also write short stories, flash fiction and some screen writing. Check out my blog for more.
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22 Responses to Another reason to buy a Kindle

  1. Welcome to the new world order, Pete 🙂

    I’m happy you love your kindle (I like mine as well)…Happy Reading.

  2. Janet O'Kane says:

    Have you tried uploading your own writing to your Kindle yet? I’ve found it very useful for later edits. Today I switched the audio on, which was a bit bizarre but interesting.
    I agree with you – sampling before you buy is such a great option.
    I love my Kindle. Wish someone would invent a waterproof one, though!

    • Pete Denton says:

      I haven’t done that yet. I was thinking about putting the chapters I’ve re-written so far on to see what it feels like. The audio is hilarious. Maybe you should patent the idea and then get in touch with Amazon. Waterproofing could be the final step they need! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Hi Pete,

    GREAT IDEA!!! I am ceretain you will help many move into the hi-tech world!

  4. Hi Pete,

    I envy you your ease and comfort level with technology. I am a writer that would still be using a quill, if I hadn’t been forced to learn word processing. I still can’t imagine using a Kindle, but there was a time when i couldn’t picture myself on Facebook or blogging. BTW, thanks for stopping by my Writing Between the Lines blog.

    • Pete Denton says:

      Hahaha my wife always says that she is a paper and pencil kind of girl. I’m the opposite. Dip your technology toe in a little at a time. Thanks for stopping by and keep up the good work with your blog.

  5. Wow Pete, at this rate I expect to find you making a guest appearance on ‘The Big Bang Theory’ as a Nerd. Can’t you drop the Kindle on the cat just as easily when you nod off?
    I have Kindle for PC so I’m progressing slowly into your century but my fingers still twitch as a page with an odd number ends.
    Keep enjoying, keep sampling, and don’t forget to watch out for the KDP free books as well. If you ever get tempted to sample mine on Amazon and like, I have two free days of the first one coming up.
    LOVE Janet’s idea and I must try that with chapters of my next one to see if I can make myself carry on.
    Nice to see you again.

    • Pete Denton says:

      Hahaha I would love to be on that programme. I am proud to be nerdy!

      I seem to be able to balance the Kindle on my knee without dropping it on my cat. So far at least.

      I will look out for your book and you’re right about Janet’s idea. I’ve got to try that.

      Hope things are well.

  6. belleofmountains says:

    Pete, I’ve nominated you for the Irresistibly Sweet Blog award. Claim it here:

  7. djadkins says:

    I have an device that’s like a Kindle, but have yet to play around with it much (had it for a year). Perhaps when I get done with my M.A. I’ll have more time, but somehow I doubt that. I will say, I do love downloading free books!

  8. Jean Murray says:

    Hi Pete.

    I’m with you on the Kindle. I love mine and take it everywhere. I save either a sample or add it to my wishlist. Makes it so much easier to find in the future. Plus, no more books taking up space on my bookshelf.


    • Pete Denton says:

      Thanks for stopping by. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve just worked out how to add to collections as well so I can organise the books on my Kindle rather than having them all on view all the time. It keeps getting better 🙂

  9. ConnieMaria says:

    The Kindle sounds great but I’m still hesitant about converting to e-book technology. I know I need to move on lol but still – I love the physical books, the feel, the smell…I should seek help right? 😛

    • Pete Denton says:

      I think you maybe should seek help, Connie 🙂

      I’m reading a paper book at the moment and it is driving me MAD. It’s a 600+ pager and I bend the pages over and they keep unfolding and I’m not finding it as easy as the kindle to hold, turn pages etc.

      For me, the Kindle wins a little more each day.

      • ConnieMaria says:

        hahaha lol I know what you mean – a coworker of mine swears by her Kindle and always tells me about the cool stuff it can do. I keep telling her she cannot convince me to cross over to the dark side 😛 I’ll most likely convert eventually….just not today lol

  10. djpaterson says:

    I have an hour on the train each way to work. Scenery is fantastic (rugged NZ coastline), but I wouldn’t be without my Kindle now. Never need to judge whether the book will last, as I always have a backup supply loaded ready.

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