Why an Arthritic Loves Her Kindle

I don’t like jumping on bandwagons, but sometimes there’s a reason everyone has jumped on board.

And so I finally submitted to the pressure and intoxication of the Amazon Kindle.  Santa got my wish list and, on Christmas Day, I patiently unwrapped gift after gift until — finally! — my beloved Kindle lay in my lap.

It is a wondrous thing — for all the reasons you would suspect.  But for us sick chicks, the Kindle takes on a whole new dimension.Why an Arthritic Loves Her Kindle

The slim, lightweight feel is like holding a smooth, light notepad.  The words slide by on the screen like ripples in water, making books much easier on the eyes (my often tired, itchy, achy eyes).  And I swear I read much faster.

I was often discouraged from reading a book because of the sheer weight in my achy, swollen hands — Anna Karenina at 864 pages, hello?! — but not now! I can download five books at once if I want and read them all.

Old, decorative books that attracted me with their charm made me sneeze while handling their “vintage” pages — which also caused my fingers to dry out (not good for an ulcer-prone gal like myself).  Now I can buy the vintage works to decorative my bookshelves, and yet still read their contents on my Kindle.  Now if only this device had a little hand lotion pump attached …

I can’t believe I’ve found something that simplifies my life this much and deposits so much joy back.  I’m a reader — always have been — and this toy has given me back one of my favorite pastimes.

Alas, with my Kindle in my hands, there is now a skip in my step.  (Yes, I’m so obsessed with it, I’m reading it standing up, while walking, in the hallway, in the dark, with one eye open while I fight off sleep at night.  I can’t read it in the car, so I’m considering a move to a city with good mass transit.)  I can’t believe I’ve found something that simplifies my life this much and deposits so much joy back.  I’m a reader — always have been — and this toy has given me back one of my favorite pastimes.

And my boyfriend was worried he’d lose me to the iPhone.

(Perhaps this weekend.  Did I mention there’s an Amazon Kindle app for that, too?)

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