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Don’t Leave Home Without It: Amazon Kindle

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Packing your life into a suitcase is no easy feat!  For anyone that has ever tried it you know what I mean, in our case, it meant packing my wife and I and our two school-aged kids into 4 carry-on suitcases and 3 backpacks.  Sound tough?  How about planning what to pack for an entire year?

Both my wife and I are avid readers…actually my wife is a voracious reader and can consume a book faster than anybody I have ever met.  As we were planning our year long trip to South America the question of what to do about books came up, initially we had 2 choices; carry a bunch of books with us and have family send others, or just trying to find them along the way.

I have done enough traveling to know that the selection of books is not always great on the road and when you do find something it is usually the latest “best seller”, neither of which was very appealing to us.

As I was researching other travel gear that we would need I stumbled upon the Amazon’s electronic book reader named Kindle.  It was a little pricey, but as I continued to read reviews of the product and talk to my wife it became clear that this was just the solution we needed.  We bit the bullet and purchased our first Kindle a couple of months before we left the states.

In the U.S. you have access to Amazon’s wireless network that allows you to instantly purchase and download a book directly to your Kindle…within minutes you can find a book you like, purchase it, and be reading it in the comfort of your own home…or soccer tournament.

We like the Kindle so much that we decided to purchase a 2nd one before we left.

Both my wife and I can’t imagine how we would get along without our Kindles, and we have even used them to homeschool our kids while traveling.  If you are an avid reader, or simply want to read books that interest you and not what is left on the dresser of a motel room, take a look at this product and see if it meets your needs.  They just recently released an upgraded product, the Kindle 2.

Sean Lannin wrote this article for where he blogs about his life as an expat.  He also writes a personal blog Portable Parents about his travels in Latin America with his family.  Come by both blogs and share a comment!

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