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Date: 22 February 2014. Kindle Reads.

I don't own a television, and haven't since 1993. Quite frankly, when I read the synopsis of TV "hits" I wonder just how prevalent drug usage is in America. I cannot believe that sane and sober people would waste their time with the idiots portrayed on these shows. In my mind, if I wouldn't have you over for dinner I certainly don't want you in my home, and that includes via broadcast television shows. Thus, I do quite a bit of reading.

Books are my primary form of amusement though I do have a DVD player and watch movies. Actually of late I've been having a lot of fun revisiting my past, reading books I read many decades ago.  On the Kindle, they are often free which suits my budget perfectly. Books I couldn't afford in paperback (out-of-print/hard-to-find) are in the public domain. What fun!

Last night I started Swiss Family Robinson many decades after the initial read-through. Plus I downloaded a bunch more including a 
Jules Verne collection, and lots of Horatio Alger
stories. Gosh, I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying having the Kindle. I even bought the entire Earth's Children series (by Jean Auel) and the Harry Potter eBooks were a gift from my daughter for Christmas. My Kidlet gives great gifts.

Though a Kindle theoretically holds thousands of books I've chosen to be quite selective. I would rather have a couple hundred books I love than 50,000 so-so stories that don't interest me. Years ago, when I was younger I'd have opted for everything but have become more discriminating as I grow older. 

Still, in checking my Archived items I see I've read 76 novels since October that I chose not to keep. That's a heap of paperbacks I didn't have to find, buy, read and donate.  Now, in retrospect, I wish I'd knuckled down and spent the $69 for a Kindle years ago when I first considered it.

If you're planning on being a cruiser or simply like to read, even though I hate to part with perfectly good money, I'd suggest purchase of one of these gems.  The good is that your waterline will be grateful. The bad is that lots of the newer books I like/want cost $5 a piece, so for those I opt for a paperback. A Kindle is not the be-all and end-all of reading, but aboard Seaweed my Kindle is a component of my happiness quotient. I'm glad I have it.

Do you have an eReader for each person onboard?
Do you reread old favorites or do you prefer to only read new-to-you books?


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