Thursday, June 27, 2013
We love our Kindles
Living in Israel, I sometimes find it difficult to get my hands on certain books in English. New books are exorbitantly priced - from what I've heard, local bookstores are controlled by some sort of cartel that sets prices artificially high.
Used books are priced high, too. There is no such thing as a used book for a quarter here (oh, how I miss those deals). Every so often I buy a book at the local secondhand shop for 10 shekels, but most of the time, used books in English are priced at 20 shekels and up. And internet shops with free shipping, like BetterWorldBooks.com and Book Depository are great, but lately their prices have been creeping higher. Globally, prices for nearly everything have been creeping higher.
Enter the Kindle .
My boys were gifted Kindles - the really simple kind - about a year ago. While we have had a little bit of bad luck with breakage, Amazon customer support has been amazing! Now we download lots of books - usually the cheap or free ones, but once in a while something new and popular too! We now have an endless supply of reading material available (just not for Shabbat)! And we don't have to wait for a shipment to arrive.
So yes, perhaps I spend a lot of time searching for worthwhile free books on Kindle (they come and go really quickly), but I have been very very happy to do it.