Seniors: Kindle, A Convenience for Readers

Dec 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

My dear spouse presented me with a Kindle, Amazon’s new product that allows for pleasurable and comfortable reading.  It was an anniversary gift on the last day of August.  It took a while to develop a readiness for it, but when I discovered its advantages and satisfactions, I was converted.  No more hauling several books on trips by plane or car.  No more losing my place.  No more paying big prices for current reads.  No more searching through stacks and stacks of books, in my own library or elsewhere.  A click of the Kindle and you are on your way to a new adventure.

Since then, I have devoured 13 books, mostly history and biography, which I favor. In addition there is a word game, provided free, which I attempt between reads.  Searching for a book is sometimes stimulation enough.  There are thousands, literally, to choose from.  While you can only download about 3000 or so, it is likely to be a while before boredom sets in.

In addition, Kindle offers the opportunity to taste a sample of the book, before purchasing and downloading it.  That means, that you are allowed an almost mistake free choosing of available books. 

Presently, I am on “Life,” the true story of the Rolling Stones by Keith Richards.  While not a fan, I am curious about the culture introduced and experienced by this group. 

Other books read in the last couple of months (and which I can heartily recommend)  include my favorite fiction writer’s latest, ” The Confession” by John Grisham.

Now for the kicker, New York Times has just listed its top ten books, and I find we agree.  They have listed “Warmth of Other Suns, The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.”  Authored by Isabel Wilkerson, it is the provocative and penetrating story of the movement of African Americans from the South to the North and beyond during the period 1915-1975.  Awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Wilkerson follows individuals who represent those who chose to make that treacherous journey.  Absolutely must reading.

Stimulating recounting of explorers occupied the next several books that I found educational and exciting. “River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey” by Candice Millard; “Endurance: Shackelton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing; “Into Africa, The Epic Adventure” by Martin Duigard; “Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Ford’s Forgotten City” by Greg Gandin; and “The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon” by David Grann. 

These three, with a historical and political bent are: “The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan; “The Forgotten Man” by Amity Shlaes: and “1920: The Year of the Six Presidents” by David Pietrusza.

While I haven’t listed the entire catalog of books I have literally consumed, these are the ones that captured my attention, stimulated my mind and gave me cause to suggest them.  If you are looking for a dynamic gift for anyone (who would be in this price range) suggest you go to Kindle at to research your options.

Merry reading!

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  1. Seniors: Kindle, a Convenience for Readers | Senior Citizen Journal…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

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