I've had a voracious appetite for reading lately. I usually get my books from ereaderiq.com, but a couple of weeks ago, I got an itch to read some Star Trek novels, specifically the Cold Equations trilogy, and decided the need was great enough to spend some money.
They've been an entertaining read. It's the first Star Trek Next Generation book that I've read that picks up after Data dies in Star Trek Nemesis. I've finished the first two books, and am about 25% into the last one.
I've been making better use of the Kindle Fire that I got last year for Christmas. For the first six months after I got it, I didn't do too much reading on it. It is a lot heavier than my Kindle keyboard, and I prefered using the lighter model for my sometimes hours-long reading sessions.
I've been putting the Kindle Keyboard in a zip lock bag, reading while soaking in a hot bath (my favorite time of day it seems), and have yet to have a water-related calamity.
But my Kindle Fire was relegated to rare use, until I decided to take it out of it's protective case. For some reason, the removal of the case got me to start using my Fire much more often. I keep a charger cord next to the couch, so it stays nearby.
A new Kindle HD was briefly considered as a requested Christmas present, but I couldn't come up with anything more I would do that I don't already successfully do with the two models I now have. I did struggle over the idea of having a Kindle Fire with a cellular connection for when we go traveling, but I'd want a Kindle that could do a lot more than the present models.
For example, one of the most common tasks I perform on my laptop is using Google Spreadsheet. But the Kindle Fire (and every other tablet I've looked at) can't handle the spreadsheets. You have to use the line-edit version of Google Spreadsheet, which is too much of a pain. So if they ever got to where it would function on a tablet as well as Spreadsheet function on my laptop, I'd consider an upgrade.
Plus, my monthly data useage is a bit higher than the well-priced 250mb/month (at 50USD/year). My usual monthly data use on my iPhone is about 300mg/month, and from what I gather on the internets, I'd have to pay 30USD/month through ATT (and I'm not ready to do that quite yet).
One Christmas gift that I got a few days ago has breathed some new life in my Kindle use. These iHome Kindle speakers have made it easier to use my Kindle to watch movies and listen to podcasts. I do these things already, but sometimes the speakers on my Kindle Fire are no match for, say, a fan, or a space heater, or the house AC/heater running. These speakers plug into the headphone jack, and recharge via USB (but the fully charge speakers has lasted me for days with fairly heavy use). Since it's a normal headphone jack, it will work with my iPhone, iPod and laptop.
Another recent Christmas present was my Mophie. It's an external battery which charges via micro-USB, but has two (regular) USB ports that you can use to recharge/power two devices.
I've always had this weird anxiety about running out of power for my cell phone. Because of this, I always carry a power cord so that I can recharge my iPhone, either of my Kindles or my Nuvi GPS. I have a little zipper case that has one of those plug-in USB iPhone charger things, a 30-pin iPhone USB cord, a micro- USB and a mini-USB cords. I just throw them into my bag so they are always with me.
But I wanted something that could recharge my battery even when I don't have access to an electrical outlet, or a car cigarette lighter (we keep cords in our car too).
The Mophie will charge my iPhone 4S from 0 to 100% in about 90 minutes, and only depletes to about 75% of stored power. I have yet to try it on my Kindles or our iPad but it should keep us connected/reading/musicated even when the power grid is out (which, to be honest, has never happened here in Phoenix even once in 13 years).
Wow that was a long post.
Yes I know "musicated" is not a word.