8 Cool Things about the Kindle Touch

I’ve had my Kindle Touch for almost two weeks, and I’m head over heels in love with this e-reader. Sure, there are things I wish were different about it, such as a faster web browser (don’t count on doing much browsing), but I knew what I wouldn’t like about it going in. No surprises.

One thing that did surprise me was I bought mine at Wal-Mart. I just felt better buying local where I could take it back if it was a lemon, without hassling with shipping. And it helped me take the step to actually pluck down the money if I knew I could take it back in fifteen days.

For those who find an e-reader in their stocking this Christmas morning, or like me, got it early, here’s eight pretty sweet things you might want to know:

1. Send personal documents for free. This is super cool. I can send my current work in progress (WIP) to my Kindle and read/make notes on the go. It also gives me a different look at the words, similar to printing it out. (Saves me bookoos of paper and ink)

Now, there are two ways to send docs to a Kindle. The first will cost you money. But if you know me, I pinch every penny til the copper bleeds. (It took a month to talk myself into actually buying my Kindle)

Read through Amazon’s instructions here to the part about sending to the “free” address. Super cool.

2. Instant dictionary. I use this often to make sure I understand the meaning of a word, especially if it doesn’t seem to fit the context. The Kindle Touch comes with two dictionaries. All you have to do is press on a word for a few seconds and the definition pops up with the option to read the full text. You can go right back to reading where you left off. No losing your place.

3. Highlight/note. I like the ability to highlight and make a note. You can even touch the upper right hand corner to mark a page. This is helpful when I want to share something in the book with someone later. It’s easy to find the place again.

4. Experimental browser. No, it’s not fast and can’t read every web page, but I can get on Facebook and Hotmail, the main sites I visit in between work or reading. It’s Wi-Fi, and while I’m on that, let me say that the 3G version would be $50 wasted for me. You can ONLY use the 3G to access Amazon’s store for instant book purchasing. Useful for someone who travels often or doesn’t have Wi-Fi at home, but for otherwise, not too helpful.

5. Collections. I have my books sorted in collections, making it a cinch to find the book I want. You can put the same book under more than one category. There are two ways to move books around: One, press and hold on the book, then select what you want to do. Two, go to the collection, tap the top of the screen and tap Menu, then Add/Remove Books.

6. Font size. I don’t have trouble seeing things up close, well, as long as it’s ten inches or less from my nose. With my Kindle, I set the font on a nice middle size that doesn’t take too much page turning yet allows my eyes to relax and read.

7. Social sharing. I haven’t done this, but I’m sure I will. How often I’ve read a passage and wanted to share it on Facebook, but by the time I get online, I forget to do it.

8. Library books. You can check out e-books from any library where you hold a card at and that offers them. That does not include my beloved county library that just got Wi-Fi this year. It may take them awhile. In the meantime, I do have a card at the Tomball College Library (long story, I may share sometime if you ask). They DO have e-books, and I can’t wait to check out some Karen Kingsbury.

In summary: With my Kindle Touch it’s just plain fun and easy to read. But I still can’t stop myself from buying paperbacks, going to the library, and using classic hardbacks to decorate my shelves and desk.

What about you? Have you taken the leap to get an e-reader yet, or do you think you will?

A year ago, I said I never would.


For Him,

Sarah Elisabeth


P.S. If you haven’t already, grab a copy of my e-book (yes, I published one before I ever had an e-reader) Third Side of the Coin, Seven Flash Fictions. If you have, I pray you were blessed, encouraged and left with more hope than you had before.

Update: I now have several ebooks on Amazon, including Third Side of the Coin (A Short Story Collection) with the original 7 flash fictions plus dozens more.

Amazon for Kindle: Third Side of the Coin (A Short Story Collection)

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer is an award-winning inspirational author, speaker and Choctaw storyteller of traditional and fictional tales based on the lives of her people. Get a free e-copy of her first book, "Touch My Tears: Tales from the Trail of Tears": Free e-book

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12 comments on “8 Cool Things about the Kindle Touch
  1. Theresa says:

    Great info. Sarah. I was wondering what this newer version of Kindle had over my older version. I love that you can send personal documents for free. That must be a very handy tool.

    • Sarah Elisabeth says:

      Theresa, which version do you have? Some people don’t think this is much of an upgrade, others love it. I guess it just comes down to the individual.

      Yes, the personal docs is one of my favorite features. And “touch” is just plain cool 😉

      • Theresa says:

        My Kindle is the Wi-Fi 3G. It has a lot of the same features except: No social sharing, no document import/export, and although I can shop Amazon Kindle, there is no real browser. And of course, it is not a touch screen.

        Like you, I love the highlight/notes/bookmark, dictionary, collections, and font features. I’m pretty sure I can check out Kindle books from the library, but haven’t tried it yet. Another feature I haven’t tried is the ‘sharing’ feature. I heard you can select a group of people and everyone in the group can share e-books. Not sure how it works though.

        • Sarah Elisabeth says:

          Cool, yes, you should be able to do the library sharing. I haven’t tried the group sharing yet, not many people I know have a Kindle yet 🙂

  2. I know how you feel Sarah!!!! I could be a Kindle commercial. I got my first one last Mother’s Day from the kids. I couldn’t believe a “book” lover like me would love it so much. The advantage of having so many books in my purse at one time, the dictionary, the free books advertized so I’ve experienced reading new authors whom I love, all made me a Kindle believer. Then, this Christmas, the fam got me the touch Kindle FIRE! WOW. Being able to listen to my music, read and let Beth play educational games- amazing! My daughter-in-law has one and we borrow electronically from each other’s libraries all the time. Amazing to a 52 year old reader like me. Hugs and enjoy!

    • Sarah Elisabeth says:

      That’s awesome, Cindy! A tablet is next on my list, but it’ll be awhile. Not sure I’ll get the Fire, I want one that has, I think it’s called, a docking station with keyboard, making it like a netbook that detaches and becomes just the tablet. But that’ll be awhile from now 🙂

      I’m not a games person, but I found a word game for my Kindle and stayed up til midnight playing it–I even have my mom almost hooked 😀

      Merry Christmas!

  3. Shelley Ledfors says:

    Thanks for a great article, Sarah! I’m really looking forward to firing mine up soon! 🙂
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    • Sarah Elisabeth says:

      Yay Shelley! Hope you have a blast with it. Merry Christmas!

  4. Rita Iori says:

    I to have a Kindle Touch. I prefer my iPad 2 a lot more!! But the Kindle is good for reading.

    • Sarah Elisabeth says:

      Hey Rita, yes, I got my Kindle strictly for reading. Carrying dozens of books on the go, long battery life between charges, and no backlight to make me feel connected to the outer world were the main reasons I got it.

  5. Kathy Staton says:

    I just ordered a Kindle 4th generation from ebay. It’s used, but I didn’t have a lot of money to get something nicer…yet. You can evidently put about 1,400 books on it. After I put a Kindle app on my iphone on 2014, I have enjoyed my e-reader. Guess which app gets the most mileage on my phone? I am eager to try out my new Kindle when it arrives next week. If it works out, I may delete Kindle from my phone. I can use the extra space, anyway. But, we will see.
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    • Sarah Elisabeth says:

      I still love my Kindle, and I use the Kindle app on my phone and iPad. It’s great to always have a book (or hundreds) in my hand at anytime. The app syncs between devices so when I pick up reading on my phone from a book I started on my Kindle device, it asks if I want to sync to the latest page read. Love being able to do that!

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