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Why The New Kindle is a Must-Have for Travelers

There are three items I own which I'll always upgrade when a significant upgrade exists: my computer, my camera, and my Kindle. Yesterday I got my new Kindle, the fourth generation one that was just released. Before I talk about this specific Kindle, I want to address some general points about the Kindle.

Price

Some people balk at the $189 price tag of the newest 3G Kindle (which is the only one to buy, by the way). It's expensive, but only if you consider it a drop in replacement for books. I consider it $200 to ensure that I read at least 10X more than I used to.

Meet Mortimer

On Where Pianos Roam

O and B are becoming acquainted with a new member of my little family.

I mentioned in a couple of previous posts that I've been reading a lot lately.  Well, there's a reason for this.

 Truthfully, in spite of my love of reading in general, it has taken a distant backseat to all of my musical and artistic pursuits over the last couple of years.  If I could, there would be two or three books that I could be working my way through, but that generally creates more of a hassle in terms of lugging them around and frequently misplacing them (as I am prone to doing more than I should).

Several years ago, Amazon (dot) com, the behemoth online get-whatever-the-heck-you-want website to end all websites, released it's first version of The Kindle.  It was a portable and digital reader that allowed folks to read books and carry them around within a little machine.  It could be held easily in one hand and weighed less than 9 ounces.   I was fairly skeptical when I first heard about it.  I've long loved the smell and feel of books and the physical act of turning a page.  To me, this is like a warm bowl of soup on a cold day or a soft bed to lie in when taking a nap.  Reading an actual book has always felt like home to me.

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