Traveling With an Amazon Kindle

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Amazon KindleAre you a [amazonify]B00154JDAI::text::::Kindle[/amazonify] user? I haven’t purchased one because I admit that I like the feel of a book in my hands. But as Alan and I have cruised from Vancouver to Singapore, I’ve noticed many passengers using them.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Amazon electronic book reader, users purchase books, magazines and newspapers from the Amazon store. When the Kindle is turned on, it automatically searches for a wireless signal, then downloads books and subscriptions that are waiting in the user’s Amazon queue. The device holds up to 1,500 books. I like the fact that it never needs synching. Now, Amazon is offering a Kindle that combines wireless connections for domestic and international travel.

Amazon Kindle DXWhen baby boomer cruisers, Sue and Jack, showed me the [amazonify]B0015TCML0::text::::Kindle DX[/amazonify], with its larger-size, I became a convert due to the sleek look and feel of it. They raved about downloading their favorite books as well as subscribing to newspapers and magazines. Jack, who travels frequently on business, told me about downloading books from his Amazon account directly to his IPhone the time that he forgot to pack his Kindle DX. But, the biggest plus for voracious readers like Sue and Jack is the room they save in their luggage. The Kindle DX holds up to 3,500 books. They even use it to check their email. However, be aware that the Kindle DX version costs about twice as much as the regular Kindle.

Do you travel with a Kindle? Post a comment to tell me about your experience. Guess what I’m putting on my Christmas list?

Update 03.01.2010: Beth at Wanderlust and Lipstick uses the Kindle. Read Beth’s Kindle review to learn what’s good and bad about the electronic reader.

This is not a paid post. Amazon has not offered me the free or discounted use of a Kindle. However, if you purchase through the link included in this article, which I’ve included for your convenience, My Itchy Travel Feet receives a small percentage of the sale.

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