When I was in middle school I designed my ideal electronic book. One side of the book would be a keyboard, and the other side would be a screen just to read off of. At the time I was reading epub books on my palm pilot. They were still really difficult to buy, and impossible to borrow. Then Kindle came out with their first Kindle in 2007. I was 27 at the time and was one of the first to buy one. The cost was outrageous (about $400). However, it was the only thing on the market. It was even better then the sketches I had made in my early teens.
With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that I have quite a few Kindle books. I own nearly 4,000 books (to be exact 3,923). I have not read even close to these. It is one reason why I am trying to clean up my Kindle. Just like a book shelf I am sorting through to see what I have not read, what I want to read, and what I wish I had never bought. For a while I picked up a lot of free books. This was back when the Indi book market first really opened up. People were publishing everything, and there was just not enough editing.
I am a bit more selective about what books I pick up now. I also believe that authors are back to putting a lot more care into their work. People realized that even with eBooks, you just are not going to get rich writing (Nicholas Sparks exempted, of course).
I absolutely love my Kindle. I can read for hours without eyestrain. I can carry hundreds of books with me at one time. I can forget to charge my book for weeks and it will still work. I can read at night without having to turn off my big light after. I also can easily borrow books from the library, while in my PJs on my couch - using my phone. It really is a wonderful thing.
And when I feel like I want a change - I change my cover. It feels like I have a brand new Kindle all over again.
With that being said, I really wish that Amazon had figured out how to better organize books. 4,000 books is a lot of books to sort through. While I can use Goodreads, or another external site, there is nothing really good on my Kindle to help sort by Genre, if I have read (or rated) a book, or even when I purchased them. I think this is one major setback of reading eBooks. It is also one that Amazon could be a ground breaker on (yet again) if they chose.
My goal this upcoming year is to focus on cleaning up, organizing, documenting, and reviewing the books on my Kindle. This will obviously take more than one year, but you have to start somewhere.
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