Kindle Me Softly

KindleWith all the free eBooks and friend’s eBooks I have downloaded over the past three years, I finally gave in and bought a Kindle. It isn’t a fancy schmancy one, just a Kindle e-reader. I’ve felt bad for not reading some people’s books and my eBook collection has grown. This doesn’t mean that I’ll quit buying paperback, but at least now I can catch up on all these books waiting to be read.

Buying books in Germany is expensive. The Kindle will help me choose which books I want in paperback. If I love the eBook, I can buy the paperback. It’s a shame it took me this long after years of eBooks collecting fragment dust on my computer.

We received the Kindle on Monday, and before fully charging it, I started to set it up. As we have learned in the past, things don’t always run smoothly. Amazon is a huge multinational corporation, which is bound to have some issues. When we got married, a former colleague of mine sent us a gift certificate from Amazon.com (U.S.). We still keep in touch. There’s no way I can forget such a kind and generous person. But I digress. It was such a thoughtful gift, but we soon found out that we couldn’t use the gift certificate on Amazon.de (Germany). If we purchased things from U.S. Amazon, we’d have to pay additional shipping costs. I contacted U.S. Amazon to see if I could have the gift certificate transferred from my U.S. account to my German account. They told me Amazon.de is a partner site of Amazon.com, meaning they operate independently, so I couldn’t do it. I did not know this. Note: For anyone who has friends and family living abroad, make sure you purchase Amazon gift cards for the country they live in.

soccer<—–This boggles my mind. My Amazon.com and Amazon.de logon information is the same. When I look up my books on Amazon.de, Fogged Up Fairy Tale, the Amazon.com reviews are auto-populated on the page.

Even though some things from the Amazon U.S. and German site can merge, wish lists and Kindle libraries aren’t included. On the Kindle, we couldn’t setup a shared family account using my Kindle library on U.S. Amazon and my husband’s Kindle library on Germany Amazon. To resolve the issue, my husband will send any eBooks on the German site to my Kindle library, and he’ll have to use his U.S. Amazon account to purchase eBooks. This was an educational experience for us.

The first book I’m reading on my Kindle is The Brubury Tales by Frank Mundo. It’s an awesome read. I highly recommend it. The story is told in rhymed verse and is “a modern version of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales set in Los Angeles just after the riots. Instead of pilgrims, The Brubury Tales follows 7 security guards on the graveyard shift, who agree to have a storytelling competition to determine vacation time.” It even sounds unique and interesting!

What kind of e-reader do you own? What are you reading now? Any book recommendations?

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