Am I responsible for the death of bookstores? No. I still go to bookstores too but I admit that I've bought more books on my Kindle than I would have purchased from bookstores.
Is there anything I don't like about the Kindle? I buy a lot of YA and Middle Grade books. When I'm finished with those books sometimes I want to keep them but if I don't then I donate them so they will get into the hands of kids. Sometimes I just give them to kids I know who I think will like them. I can't do this with the Kindle. I think I can lend it once to another Kindle owner for a limited amount of time.
But I love emailing myself manuscripts and reading them on the Kindle.
I want a sign that says Will work for Amazon gift cards. That way I could afford to buy all the books I want to buy.
But if you don't have $10.99 to spend on every book you want to read here are some of my tips for saving money and still fill your Kindle.
1. Follow your favorite authors/publishing houses. Sometimes when and author is releasing a new book a previous book may be available free for a limited time.
Right now Wings by Aprilynne Pike is available for free.
So is 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
2. There are a lot of books out there that are less than $10.99. For example the self-published books by Amanda Hocking are around $2.99.
Other books I recently downloaded that didn't cost $10.99 include,
Earthling Hero by Anita Laydon Miller, this book was 99 cents. Can't beat that price.
CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Alex is one of the hosts of this awesome A to Z challenge and the Kindle version of this book is $2.95. Go get it now.
Perilous by Tamara Hart Heiner is available for $2.99.
3. Swap Kindle books with other Kindle owners. Do you have friends who own Kindles who read the same books at you? Talk to them about swapping books.
4. Set up your bank account so that all your money automatically goes to Amazon then buy as many books as you want.
5. Rotate your reading. Read one book on the Kindle followed by a paper book. I've been doing this because I have a big pile of paper books to read. This helps ease the guilt of killing bookstores.
6. Add Kindle books to your wish list. I have a friend who only shops online. If you want a gift from her you better have an Amazon wish list filled out. Do you have friends like Pril in your life? You better fill your Wish List full of Kindle books just in case.
Do you have an e-reader? Any tips for owning an e-reader?