Getting the Most Out of Your Kindle—Tip #2

Sarah Palin was a newsmaker when her selection as John McCain’s running-mate was announced. Suppose you wanted to read prominent newpaper coverage of her convention speech the following day—in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, or even The Times of London or Germany’s Allgemeinde. Suppose you wanted to sample editorials from all of these papers.

You could have your dog fetch them from the front driveway (if he hasn’t been retired because of illegal immigration). You could make a special trip to your local bookstore and pick up copies of each of these papers. Or you might go online and scan the web editions.

But have you considered using your Kindle? You can subscribe to all of these papers, and more, to be downloaded automatically to your Kindle as soon as they are off the press. But you don’t have to subscribe to several papers, or any papers. Why not just purchase each of these papers for that day only, and read the bits you like? Kindle gives you that option.

Sure, you could go the laptop route and be more or less portable. But you’d need an internet connection, and you’d have something larger and heavier to carry around—unless you have one of those fancy cell “phones” that does it all. What you wouldn’t have, even with the cell phone, is the possibility of reading on a screen more than half the size of an iPhone screen, wi-fi uploads wherever you go, the freedom to read offline with no extra effort, portability when you travel on airplanes, bookmarking wherever you’ve left off in your reading. You wouldn’t be able to mark passages or make notes with ease. You wouldn’t be able to adjust font size to accommodate your reading environment. You wouldn’t have hours or days of battery power.

Use your Kindle to read the newspaper. You’ll be glad you did.

Related Posts:

Kindle Your Reading Habits

How to Get the Most Out of Your Kindle—Tip #1

How to Get the Most Out of Your Kindle—Tip #3

How to Get the Most Out of Your Kindle—Tip #4

About Doug Geivett
University Professor; PhD in philosophy; author; conference speaker. Hobbies include motorcycling, travel, kayaking, sailing.

2 Responses to Getting the Most Out of Your Kindle—Tip #2

  1. Doug Geivett says:

    Hi Laura,

    It was good meeting you at the mall. Thanks for dropping in with your comment here. I’ll be posting other Kindle Tips along the way.

    Let me know when you take the dive. And remember, you aren’t giving up on real books. The way I see it, the Kindle is a complement to the rest of my library.



  2. Laura says:

    The Kindle is looking better and better every time I inquire about it. I am so tired of having to ruffle my feathers with different newspapers. I like to read different sections and different newspapers and the entire experience is just plain cumbersome!

    Ever since I saw you and your Kindle at the mall I have been in debate as to whether or not I should get one. I am a bit of a traditionalist and feel a sense of guilt leaving behind good old fashion paper and ink, but perhaps I should give in to modern technology and realize the practicality of reading the newspaper in this fashion. I’ve been reading your other posts about the Kindle and I have to say, you make a very good argument for it. I guess I’ll just have to wait for student loans to come in before I can treat myself to one!


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