1 year with the Kindle

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A year ago I decided to treat myself with the Kindle (Paperwhite). I wasn’t a huge reader back then, but I averaged between 2 or 3 books a year. Ever since the Kindle appeared I’ve been curious about getting one and hesitant to get it because I didn’t read all that much. So November last year (2013) I got my Kindle, bought my first ebook and started reading. One year later, I’ve read over 25 books (and short stories).

Here’s the list of what I remember to note in approximate chronological order, I might have forgotten a book or two in the list:

  • The Last Ringbearer
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  • Steve Jobs
  • Anything You Want (review)
  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
  • The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
  • Breaking the Time Barrier
  • Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin
  • Bootstrapper’s Bible by Seth Godin (review)
  • Placebo by Seth Godin
  • The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses (review)
  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  • The God Engines
  • Jumper
  • Arcanum 101: Welcome New Students
  • Mogworld
  • Tithe
  • The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail (review)
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose (review)
  • Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation
  • Flatland
  • A Game of Thrones (first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Bleeding Violet
  • As a Man Thinketh
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People

Plus two physical books (that I already owned):

  • The Pragmatic Programmer
  • The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development
  • Don’t Make Me Think

As you can see, there’s some fiction, some business, some self-improvement and even some biographies in there. Some were free downloads, others were gotten as part of a Humble Book Bundle and the majority were purchased for around $10.

Most of my reading has been when I’m traveling and I can’t be online: in the subway, on the plane, sometimes on the train. The Kindle makes this very easy with its lightweight form factor. The battery lasts forever (many many weeks, I’ve charged it maybe 4 or 5 times in total).

I’ve been very happy with this purchase, I never would’ve read so much without it. I highly recommend it if you enjoy reading but feel like you don’t have time for it. Keep it with you at all times and you’ll find yourself reading much more than before.

Expect reviews of some of those books in the near future! I’ll link to them from here.

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