Acting on Impulse

I’ve blathered here about how much I love my Kindle, but I have found a downside: I don’t even have to put my shoes on to go impulse shopping. Though I’ve downloaded a lot of freebies and cheapies, I’ve also paid up to $10 or $12 a book, too. I don’t even want to think about how badly blown my book budget would be if I didn’t consider “budget” a dirty word.

Take today. I was reading a Desert Isle (or is it Island?) review of a book on All About Romance (http://www.likesbooks.com). It’s a post-Civil War book — one of my favorite time periods. The book sounded great, so I clicked on the handy-dandy “buy me now at Amazon” link and, poof, 30 seconds later, A Reason to Live by Maureen McKade was waiting on my Kindle.

I love the immediate gratification, and I’ve read more in the few months I’ve had the Kindle than I did in the entire year before. It’s always with me, and always with something I want to read, no matter what my mood.

Impulse shopping, instant gratification and books . . . what more could a Slut want???

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10 thoughts on “Acting on Impulse

    • Ten years ago I was a die-hard paper book fan. I read ebooks, but only for judging contests or those written by friends, and I didn’t like sitting at the computer to do it. With the readers available back then, I couldn’t imagine making a deliberate choice to read electronically.

      The Kindle, the Nook, the Sony all changed that (and the fact that all major publishers pub a book electronically at the same time it comes out in print). I read endlessly. We stop to get gas in the truck; I pull out the Kindle. Bob runs into the store to pick up something; I pull out the Kindle. Waiting in a doctor’s office, standing in a long line, wherever, the Kindle’s never more than arm’s length away and I take advantage of it.

      I love it!

  1. Seriously, ebook readers are the best thing since sliced bread. Now that I think about that, I’d rather slice loaves of bread than do without my iPad.

    I agree that you can impulse buy… but it also makes you so easy to buy gifts for. You can just tell your kids to get you iTunes, B&N or Amazon gift cards and VOILA!! Easiest gift giving ever! My kids are thrilled.

    • Huh, I hadn’t even considered the easy-gift-receiving. Yeah, I’d be thrilled with Amazon gift cards . . . though I’m — dare I say it? — tickled pink with the lighted flamingo from the kiddos. 😉

  2. If the iPad were just smaller, I’d jump on it, but the size stops me. I watched people carting them around in the airports and in Cozumel, and it just seemed too big. And more than once in the airports on that trip, there was a PA announcement that passengers had left their iPads at the security screening area. Wonder how many people tried to claim them before the real owners got there? 😉

  3. I have to admit, I haven’t seriously considered a Kindle before. However, your post is VERY convincing! Hubby was just wondering what to get me for Christmas. Sounds like this may be a no-brainer. LOL

    Btw, they should give you a big discount for getting them more customers. hehe

    • Cool idea — let ’em know when hubby orders yours! 🙂

      I’m a serious convert — not just to Kindle, but e-readers in general. I saw an ad for the color Nook, which pointed out that color doesn’t make a difference when you’re reading a book (my thought exactly!), but it really does when you’re reading a magazine. I’ve only bought one magazine on Kindle. I don’t know if it was that magazine in particular that didn’t grab my attention or whether color would have made a difference. I think I prefer reading magazines in paper format — bending the pages and ripping out neat stuff — and that’s why I haven’t downloaded any more.

  4. I feel like such a seer. I’ve had an electronic reader for over 10 years; I just couldn’t download new books into it since they went out of buisness years ago. And even then, I had trouble with buying too many books. Luckily, there is software that let me switch them to my iPhone so maybe NOW I’ll actually read them!

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