I come from one of those aggressively practical families that isn’t big on the “surprise” element of gift-giving. We want our loved ones to just put stuff on a list and let us choose something cool from it so we know we’re getting them something they want and will use.* As it turns out, my in-laws are very much on board with this philosophy of gift-giving as well, which means that I already know what I’ll be getting for Christmas.
A Kindle. Specifically, the ad-free basic Kindle 4.
And ever since I decided on the exact type of Kindle I want (after extensive testing at Staples, where they have display Kindles and Nooks), I have encountered situations where I really wish I already had my Kindle. Sick in bed and out of reading material? Oh, I wish I already had a Kindle so I could just download a new book! Taking a long-ish public transit journey to a lecture? Man, I wish I could slip a tiny 6-ounce Kindle into my bag and read on the bus. Reading the new George RR Martin in hardback? If I had my Kindle, I could have gotten the e-version and then I could take Dance with Dragons on the airplane!
Needless to say, I’m super-excited for Christmas. In the meantime, I’m amusing myself by looking at awesome Kindle cases on Etsy.** (The Amazon “official” Kindle cases strike me as a bit overpriced. Plus, I’m a sucker for a colorful fabric.) I think I want a Kindle sleeve — I want to take the Kindle out of its case when I read — but there are also some cute folding-cover cases that are awfully tempting as well.
I know a lot of you guys have eReaders. Any tips for an eReader novice like me? What kind of case do you use?
* One Christmas, my mom told me that she really wanted a paper shredder for her home office. The Staples checkout guy looked at me like I was the worst gift-giver imaginable when I asked for a gift receipt. But darn it, she still uses that shredder!
** I haven’t been doing much Etsy shopping lately, largely because I have a hard time handling the number of options. A search for “Kindle case” returns over 8,000 results! If I don’t see something I love on the first page of results, I usually click through 2-3 more pages before getting overwhelmed and giving up. Has anyone figured out a good way to manage results overload on Etsy?