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I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas and I was one of those people who was very anti-Kindle because I love the feel of actual books. I am very grateful for the generous gift though, and I'd like to make the most of it.

I think there was a post here about e-readers and people who changed their minds about them, but I can't find it.

If you have a Kindle, did it take a bit for you to get used to it? I am trying to read a book on it and I'm finding it difficult for my eyes to get comfortable.

Any other Kindle tips? Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: st0neface
2012-12-24 11:34 pm (UTC)

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it was love at first sight for me

play around with the text size, I have mine a big bigger than most books, it might be because I'm old but it's more comfortable for me

and a cover helped me hold it more comfortably, it was too thin at first

Edited at 2012-12-24 11:41 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: oohscranton
2012-12-24 11:49 pm (UTC)

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I'll do that, and I'll definitely be getting a cover. I think that'll help.
[User Picture]From: alexi_lupin
2012-12-24 11:37 pm (UTC)

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I have a Kindle Keyboard, which isn't backlit. I find that's the thing that makes it feel most book-like for me. Try playing aroudn with the text size, font, spacing etc?
[User Picture]From: oohscranton
2012-12-24 11:52 pm (UTC)

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You can adjust the spacing? I'll try to figure that out.
[User Picture]From: alexi_lupin
2012-12-25 12:13 am (UTC)

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I can on mine. I've never used the Kindle Fire but I would assume you can on that too.
[User Picture]From: shiori_hime
2012-12-24 11:40 pm (UTC)

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I got my Kindle Fire a year ago. I mostly use it for traveling, because I can put so many books on it and don't have to weigh my carry-on luggage down with entertainment anymore, but I have used it for just regular reading too. Reading on it didn't take long to get used to, but I have a hard time figuring out how to hold it.

Have you played with the settings yet? I found that you can adjust the brightness of the backlight and make it more dim and page-like. That might be worth a try for you.
[User Picture]From: oohscranton
2012-12-24 11:51 pm (UTC)

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I haven't adjusted the brightness yet, I think that'll help. Thanks! I travel a lot so I think this will be a great thing to put in my carryon.
[User Picture]From: 911pleasehold
2012-12-25 06:33 am (UTC)

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You can adjust the brightness and you can make the background color into a light camel-ish color (uh, I guess the color I mean is that of a book page...lol) instead of white.

I know it's possible because I've done it but I don't remember the exact route to change those settings.

I use mine with large text, too! It makes reading while working out much more enjoyable for me!
[User Picture]From: nutmeg_44
2012-12-24 11:44 pm (UTC)

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I just got one for Christmas too. I am still a 'real books first' kind of girl but I love the digital books. When I'm reading a series and it helps when I can take all the books around with me, that way I can move on to the next one right away. I love being able to carry around 20 books without the weight. :)

The font, text, spacing tip is good. I'll try that too. Also, I think you can turn down the backlight to a more manageable dimness. I do that with my computer too.
[User Picture]From: oohscranton
2012-12-24 11:50 pm (UTC)

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I'm going to play with the brightness setting and see if that helps. And I think putting a series of books on it is a good idea!
[User Picture]From: nutmeg_44
2012-12-25 04:03 am (UTC)

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Oh, I can't wait to get to reading. I want a really stocked bookshelf eventually but for now a stocked Kindle will have to do... :)
[User Picture]From: anthylorrel
2012-12-25 12:00 am (UTC)

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I have the kindle keyboard because I can't read on a back lit screen like on the fire.
[User Picture]From: plasmic_slime
2012-12-25 12:07 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: oohscranton
2012-12-25 12:17 am (UTC)

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Thank you!
[User Picture]From: mslefay
2012-12-25 12:19 am (UTC)

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I still love real books, I have 29 of them piled on my bedside table waiting to be read. But my kindle has a place too, mostly I get books that I cant wait to read on it, or free books, or quick read trash books that I won't read again. I get a daily email with free offers on amazon, sometimes there are books in it that I find interesting. The free book list is from this website
http://www.pixelofink.com/
[User Picture]From: tralfamadore
2012-12-25 12:27 am (UTC)

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I have a Nook, not a Kindle, but I was equally as uncertain about the whole e-reader concept at first. What sold me was the convenience, and the space. I still enjoy physical books, but after moving around and living in an extremely small apartment I've learned just how tough it can be to lug around every book I own. It's great to have a device that can carry hundreds of them in a tiny, light package. Additionally, it's great for travel. Having my Nook means I don't need to pack multiple books, and I don't have to decide on just one or two I think I might like to read. I can switch back and forth as much as I like.
[User Picture]From: plasmic_slime
2012-12-25 12:58 am (UTC)

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I agree with you on the moving one there. Especially when a newly-restacked bookshelf falls ON you. Ouches.
[User Picture]From: mikehz
2012-12-25 01:17 am (UTC)

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It took me all of about five minutes to love my Kindle.

My favorite feature is that it automatically syncs between my iPad and iPod apps, so I can carry around my Touch instead of the bulkier Kindle. And, I have no trouble whatsoever reading text on the smaller Touch screen.

Up until a couple months ago, I also got my local paper on the Kindle. But, since the paper now has an app, I can read it using my regular subscription.
[User Picture]From: firerosearien
2012-12-25 02:14 am (UTC)

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I have a kindle app for my Ipad because it was a free app, and why not? I still prefer to read paper & bound books, but it's useful for guilty pleasure books I don't want to spend full price on
[User Picture]From: dravvie
2012-12-25 02:49 am (UTC)

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I just got a nook hd and had to adjust the brightness ect. It's still adjustment from regular books, but I like it. Getting a cover that was more book like helped too.
[User Picture]From: luvlyssa
2012-12-25 03:07 am (UTC)

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I adore the smell of books. a used book shop? YES PLEASE! but.... I love my kindle. I had a previous kindle I bought in november of 2011. I used it until I got the kindle fire a few months ago. I LOVE my kindle fire. You just have to play around with it. you do adjust. get a cover if it makes you feel more comfortable to use it (I had one for my old kindle) oh and get a screen cover... we don't want a scratch on that beautiful touch screen. You can buy screens at amazon.com and walmart if you shop there. oh! when buying a cover (the one that protects the kindle device vs screen) make sure it is the right one. the new kindle fire hd's are ever so tiny bit bigger than the regular ones.

You'll learn to love it. it's so nice to carry around 100's of books in one tiny package. plus movies tv shows etc :)
[User Picture]From: jediknightmuse
2012-12-25 03:43 am (UTC)

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I got a Kindle Fire last year for Christmas and I do love it. I love real books, too, and I'd prefer having a real book to take to work with me just 'cause I feel better about having it over a Kindle there. I have a locker so no one would steal it but it just makes me feel better. I don't use it super often but I'm definitely going to try to do so more.

Hm. It doesn't really bother me to read on my Kindle. :| Try adjusting the text size I guess.
[User Picture]From: aimingforpeace
2012-12-25 03:59 am (UTC)

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I don't have the book, but I have the Kindle and Nook apps on my iPad. My tips... check out the free books!!!! There are some remarkably good books available. I also take it with me instead of books now for when I'm waiting in line for something (like the DMV or whatever) If you're having problems with your eyes, try reversing the colors or increasing the font size. Also, if you have kids, don't let them get their hands on it. Because then you will no longer have one :-P
[User Picture]From: beemo
2012-12-25 05:08 am (UTC)

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Can you change it so you're reading white text on a black background? I have a non-backlit ereader and it was love at first sight.
[User Picture]From: pandorathewise
2012-12-25 07:01 am (UTC)

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I love my Kindle Fire HD, which I just got last month.
I'm use to reading ebooks on my tiny ipod Touch though, so I'm not having any issues reading books. You might want to adjust settings if its hurting your eyes. Sepia colors are most pleasing for my eyes.
Frankly I use my Kindle for so much more than books. I love watching movies and television shows on it through amazon prime.
[User Picture]From: itsnotfairlaika
2012-12-26 04:44 am (UTC)

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I made a post about something similar so you can check out the comments :) http://thequestionclub.livejournal.com/111122487.html
[User Picture]From: givemethechild
2012-12-26 05:57 am (UTC)

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I got a Kindle Keyboard for Christmas and I have been playing with it for an hour and I am OBSESSED. I already bought a $40 German dictionary and downloaded a ton of free German texts, and then I started on the English stuff.... I don't want to do anything but read again.

And that's basically all I have to say because I got on TQC to ask Kindle questions too, haha. I was really reluctant to make the switch to an e-reader but I read a lot of PDFs for my studies and I was getting sick of printing them. But I really love the flat paper-like surface of this screen. And the portability. And the effortlessness of adding books to my collection. And we were running out of space for real, live books in our apartment.