Shannon Stacey


I’m pretty blown away by the low prices on the new Kindle line-up. I’m debating on buying the wi-fi Touch model for my husband for Christmas and I’d like to buy my mom the 3G Touch model, but I have to make sure she’d use it first. A base model for $79 is a brilliant move on Amazon’s part and, if I didn’t have an iPad, I’d be all over that Kindle Fire tablet.

How about you guys? Anybody Kindle shopping?

15 comments to “Kindling”

  1. Nadia Lee
      · September 29th, 2011 at 11:38 am · Link

    I bought one. I’m weak like that. LOL.

  2. Shannon
      · September 29th, 2011 at 11:42 am · Link

    Which one? The Fire or one of the readers?

    I’ve been thinking about the Fire for my teenager for Christmas, but the apps stop me. With an iPad and 4 iPod Touches (and an iPhone) we have quite the collection of iApps. I’d hate to have to rebuy half of them from the Amazon app store.

  3. Trisha
      · September 29th, 2011 at 11:51 am · Link

    I pre-ordered the Kindle 3G and will be buying a Kindle Fire in the early part of 2012, once the second model is announced. Word is the initial one is to satisfy holiday demand, but the second version is worth the wait for someone who’s patient (which I’m totally not, but I can fake it).

  4. Alison Kent
      · September 29th, 2011 at 11:52 am · Link

    Ordered the Fire. Told husband it was first electronic device I’d purchased without running it buy him first since he is a guru. He said he didn’t know whether to be proud or pissed. ;) He says I don’t need. I say I do. I want a bigger iPod touch for reading, and have been waiting for this since I buy all my books (ok 99%) from Amazon already, and need the backlit screen to see.

  5. Shannon
      · September 29th, 2011 at 11:56 am · Link

    I’d love an iPad the size of the Fire. I have the first gen and it’s so big and heavy. But after having a Droid X phone for several months, I’ve learned to stick with iThings, if only so we can share apps.

    It kind of makes sense they might rush the first batch to meet holiday demand, although they’ve probably been making and stockpiling them for a while.

  6. Nadia Lee
      · September 29th, 2011 at 11:59 am · Link

    Oh the cheapest reader w/o offer b/c they don’t send SO overseas.

  7. Alison Kent
      · September 29th, 2011 at 12:06 pm · Link

    Since I was really interested in a Blackberry Playbook, this will probably fit my needs, though I’ll no doubt want to upgrade later. ;) I’m not much of an app person except for freebies and some related to writing, so I’m okay there. For me it’s reading and taking advantage of Amazon’s streaming without sitting at my desk or using my 8# laptop, heh.

  8. Jennifer Clark
      · September 29th, 2011 at 1:57 pm · Link

    I really want a Kindle Fire. I think it will be the perfect fit for what I’ve been looking for in a tablet also it’s the right price. I don’t think I can justify it just yet, but maybe after the first of the year.

  9. Lynda the Guppy
      · September 29th, 2011 at 6:02 pm · Link

    I have a Kindle 2 with 3G, and I think it’s dying on me, so I’ve been waiting for this announcement so I can start looking at new Kindles for Christmas/birthday presents for me!

    I wouldn’t get the Fire, just because I’m an iWhore and will eventually get the iPad, so the Fire is a waste of money. Plus one of the things I love about my Kindle is its NOT backlit, so no eyestrain, and I’d stick with something with e-ink.

    If I’m going to get any of them, it’ll probably be the middle child, with the special offers, since…why the hell not?! No more intrusive than what I have now, and maybe I can get good deals on Amazon gift cards, if nothing else.

  10. Shannon
      · September 29th, 2011 at 7:20 pm · Link

    It’s funny because I read on my iPod Touch for two years exclusively and now I read as much on my iPhone as I do my Kindle3, but I can’t read on the iPad. Even with it dimmed, the backlighting is too much for me and my eyes start to hurt very quickly.

    If a friend sends me a PDF arc, I’ll use the Goodreader app on the iPad, because that’s awesome for PDFs, but I can only read in small doses.

    I’ve looked at the Nook Color in the store, though, and I think it’s different. The backlighting doesn’t seem as harsh. Or something. Maybe I’ll wait until I see some reviews of the Fire before I buy the Touch model for my husband.

  11. Danielle West
      · September 29th, 2011 at 10:38 pm · Link

    I have my kindle2… saw no reason to upgrade to the 3. I use the hubby’s iPad when I want to read the few nook books I own, or my iPod Touch, or my laptop. I had to inclination to jump at the Kindle Fire… but I must have the Kindle Touch 3G (or wireless only if Santa wants to get me the leather/light case). I foresee Santa being generous this year :)

  12. Dori O'Quinn
      · September 29th, 2011 at 10:56 pm · Link

    I don’t know what the hubbie woukd want but I think your Mom would be quite happy with the Look-Book.The back lighting is good and not an eye strain and she doesn’t know how to use fancy so She should get one like mine because we are so alike.No internet,just reading.I know my sister would enjoy reading your books without having to wait for them to come out in print.

  13. Shannon
      · September 29th, 2011 at 11:31 pm · Link

    My sister gave Mom one a while back. Not sure what it was. Not a nook or a Kindle, but I don’t remember what she said it was. But it’s wi-fi only. Mom doesn’t have a computer at all and she refuses to poach her neighbors’ wi-fi. (Sis and I shared an eye roll over that one.) My sister told her about hotspots like McD’s and the library, but I think that’s a little overwhelming.

    I was thinking if I got her the 3G Kindle, it would have it’s very own wi-fi built in and I’ve had a few readers and I think Kindle’s the easiest to master for somebody who’s not tech-friendly. And if she’s nervous about security, I could grab her one of those drug-store pre-paid credit cards and show her how to add Amazon gift cards to her account, so it would all be separate from her bank account.

    Plus Amazon allows you to gift a book to somebody’s Kindle so, if she just can’t get it, she can always give me titles and I can magically make them appear on her Kindle and put them on her tab. :)

    I’ll have to look at them all some more. And I need to scope out her reading habits a little more. If she’s not reading a lot of current titles, but is sticking to out-of-print history books and such, a digital reader of any kind’s not going to do her any good.

    She might want one just because you get to read my books before she does. *laughs*

  14. Carin
      · September 30th, 2011 at 3:01 pm · Link

    I have an iPad2 and LOVE it for reading books! Thankfully it doesn’t seem to bother my eyes, though I pretty much read only on night mode and even then with the contrast turned way down. I love how HUGE I can make the font size!

    I still drool over the though of the KindleFire though. The worst part about the iPad is how big it is. It doesn’t slip into my purse. (Well, it didn’t until I went and bought a bigger purse. *grin*) But I’d love a KindleFire sized iPad.

    I wonder if you’ll be able to load other reading apps onto the KindleFire. That would be AWESOME. Kobo reader on the KindleFire? Aldiko? Bluefire? drool…

  15. Shannon
      · September 30th, 2011 at 9:50 pm · Link

    I’ve never tried night mode on the iPad. Hmmm…

    The danger to getting a bigger purse, of course, is I ended up being the family pack mule. I slid the iPad into my purse so I could do a little work at our destination.

    Husband: Hey, can you put my checkbook and my Kindle in your purse?

    Short Kid: Mom, can you put my iPod in your purse? And the earbuds.

    Tall Kid: Mom, can you…

    I’m going to end up with a permanent lean to the right!

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