Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
So I couldn’t resist. I grabbed a Kindle Fire this weekend for the low low price of $39.99. (Sorry, it’s already back up to $49.99 today!)
For one thing, I wanted to upgrade to a tablet because my old Kindle’s been acting funky. It stopped letting me search the content of documents or “go to” particular locations. I don’t know why. Maybe because I’ve been reading more books made of actual paper lately. Testy little gizmo.
But this new Fire — it’s a pretty cool competitor. (You folks with your smartphones — you know the sorts of things these tablets can do.) In addition to storing all my ebooks in one convenient spot, it runs Android apps so I can use it for other things. Such as beaming Spotify tunes through my stereo via Bluetooth. I’m new to the world of mobile apps, so it’ll be a learning period for me.
I’m happiest, though, because my new experiment in self-publishing will look really great on the Fire. My test “Gatecrash” file comes through beautifully, and color images are going to pop on the HD screens most tablets have. It’s not as easy loading a file onto the device as it was on the old Kindle, though. I had to download an Android file transfer app to my Mac in order to be able to drag the file over to the Fire, and some readers might have trouble with that. They’ll have to use Amazon’s email protocol to upload the file. (Every Kindle owner has a special email address at Amazon for this.) It could get tricky for the technology-challenged.
Too bad the price of ebooks is going up, though. Every time I see a new book I’m tempted to grab, I see the ebook is frequently $14.99 or so, and I lean toward the public library ….
So — Who has a Kindle Fire out there? Can you turn me on to any apps you use? Any special tricks that make your Fire (or other tablet) your go-to e-reader?