Helen is a strange combination of fiction editor and web strategist. That’s because she loves fiction and the internet – and analytics! A former business analyst and IT support manager, Helen now spends her time parenting her three children as well as running her editing and web agency businesses. As a book reviewer and fiction editor, her one true love and specialty is Christian romance fiction.
I’ve been thinking and thinking about a kindle for like … at least a year. I could see the benefits, for sure. But the preference for that book-in-hand feel (and book-on-shelf look) has always held me back. Oh, and cost, of course.
Despite not having a Kindle, I have amassed quite a few ebooks on my kindle account. So if I wanted to, I could read them on my phone or my computer. Which I did sometimes. At the expense of my eyesight!
But in the last few weeks, my decision was made – I’m ready for a kindle. I just couldn’t afford one yet – particularly since in doing my research, I’d decided I wanted a Kindle Fire. Which you can’t even get in Australia yet. (Okay, technically you can, but it’s not fully functional for purchasing multimedia content through Amazon store.)
So I was going to wait. Wait for the Kindle Fire to be officially launched in Australia, and by then hopefully I could justify the expense. Waiting was getting frustrating and I was starting to develop a legitimate need to read ebooks more regularly due to price of paperbacks and the research I’m doing for my own writing.
God must have decided I do actually need a Kindle now. Otherwise, the checkout I went to this morning wouldn’t have been out of order, forcing me to go to the one next to it. And the one next to it, happened to have a stand with Kindles at less than half price. And there were only a couple left. No, it wasn’t a Kindle Fire. But I knew just as well as God that I didn’t need the extra fancy features. I really only needed to be able to read ebooks easily – plain and simple. If I was looking for a sign that it was time to own a Kindle, that was it.
So I bought a plain, wi-fi only, basic 6″ eink display, probably about to be superseded, Kindle. But it was $50. And it’s what I need – and all I need.
God is great, isn’t He? Patience … waiting on God … it pays off 🙂
Helen’s favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element. She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA. She’s not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.
Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.