My wife gave me a Kindle Touch for Christmas, and it has been a fun gift. My reading list for class has kept me tied up with physical books, so I think that she has used it more than I have. But, maybe I’ll get some more time to read it in the future. I’ve downloaded several cheap/free books that I would like to read at some point including some Shakespeare and Dostoevsky. I’ve also downloaded some religious works from the early church fathers, Aquinas, Luther and Calvin, and I hope to read through them in the future.
The greatest use I have found for the Kindle so far has been as a Bible. I have taken it to church for this purpose several times.
One of the most obvious benefits is its ability to carry an entire library in such a small place. I can carry several Bibles in different languages. I would like to get some more versions, but for now I’m using the free ones. I regularly use the English Standard Version, and fortunately, it’s one of the free ones on Amazon. I have also found the Holman Christian Standard Bible, which is another good translation.
I was a little worried that I would not be able to get to passages as quickly as before. However, I have found it to have fast navigation, comparable to a physical Bible, if not faster. The first menu allows you to navigate to individual books. At the beginning of each book, there is a menu that allows you to go to a specific chapter. If you are at the beginning of a book or chapter, a single swipe will allow you to go to a contiguous book/chapter.
Digital libraries are putting some good tools at our fingertips. Jessica uses YouVersion on her iPhone, and it’s even more robust than the Kindle (more versions and tools although with a smaller screen). All in all, I’ve enjoyed Kindle’s digital Bible. It’s been helpful at church. I’ve yet to take it into the pulpit, but who knows what the future holds.