revisiting the kindle

October 9, 2008 | 6 Comments

It has been nine months since I received my Amazon Kindle. It has been a great device, and I blogged some initial thoughts here, as well a post on Creativityist about how it has been helpful for research.

While the Kindle has been a convenient way to read literature, both classics and contemporary, it’s main appeal to me has been as a research device. Having a searchable index of some favored theologians and practitioners makes me a little giddy. One of my original concerns was the limited selection of books available, but that is changing. In addition to a growing library of contemporary writers like Alan Hirsch, Tim Keller, and Rob Bell, there are now books available from the likes of Lesslie Newbigin and Jurgen Moltmann, whose works I’ve been eager to dive into more.

I still have far too many unread books on my shelves that I am working through. But once I do, it is conceivable that I could be in the midst of 3-4 books at a time all on the Kindle. My shoulders will be so thankful.

Note: I had started writing this post earlier this week, hoping to finish it up today. This morning, an email came through from Amazon with coupon codes for Kindle owners to share with friends. It is good for a discount of 5% off a Kindle, bringing the price down to around $340. I am posting them here for anyone who wants to use them at checkout. Each one is only good one time, so if you use one, please let me know in the comments so that I can remove it from the list.

RJGX-PW4N2Q-T2EAU3 (used)
RJ2S-29U8R8-3SZT83 (used)

  • Pat

    Hey John –

    Funny you should write this; I’ve been wondering just this week about how you’re enjoying the Kindle a few months in.

    I sure wish I could afford one right now. Searchability is a huge feature, one I hadn’t considered before. Definitely one I could use nowadays.

  • Vinnie

    Thank you so much! This was just the encouragement I needed to finally place my Kindle order. I used the first code (RJGX-PW4N2Q-T2EAU3). Thanks again, Vinnie

  • Martha

    Oh, thanks so much! I’ve been wanting a Kindle so much, and your coupon shaved enough off so that I could get one — yay!
    Thanks so much for posting them. I used: RJ2S-29U8R8-3SZT83

  • Jessica

    Just FYI, all the codes have been redeemed. I tried them…no go. Thanks anyway, though!

  • Jessica,
    Thanks for the heads up. I think that they all expired on October 31. Sorry I forgot to mention that in the main blog entry.

  • Jennifer

    I am ordering this for my mom, and I am using the third code RJ9V-5Q4L7F-YE9DAL
    thanks for sharing