Welcome everyone to the second edition of Capacious Kindle! As I stated last week, I’m hoping to let you all in on the fun of having an Amazon Kindle. I also hope you guys enjoy this new weekly segment.
This week I want to focus on the first read. This is the first book or item to be read on a Kindle and I also believe that is a ‘make or break’ situation. When trying anything new, regardless of if it’s a new piece of technology, new TV show, new anything, it’s important to make sure the experience is as perfect as can be. I think this is especially true if you have high hopes for what is to come. This is important because if your first encounter with a new product is less than stellar, it’s a lost cause. Keeping all this in mind, I decided to take it a little to the extreme on that faithful day UPS was to deliver my Kindle.
Through the miracle of tracking numbers, I was able to know what day he was arriving and I actually took the day off from work to rip open the box the second it came. It was a Friday, so I figured it was a good excuse to have a three-day weekend.
The box didn’t need to be signed-for, so I had to constantly keep an ear out for the UPS truck and also the sound of someone at my door. It was a long day, consisting of catching up on some TV shows and surfing the internet, but I was always mindful of the outside sounds and I won’t lie, I did peek outside the door every thirty minutes just to be sure I didn’t miss it.
At about 1:30 or so, I heard a rattling outside my door and sure enough as soon as I opened the door, I saw a UPS man walking away and a beautiful brown box at my feet. I scooped it up and ran it back inside. Now the Kindle packaging is interesting, where it looks like a large-volume book and it has an elastic band holding the box closed. Amazon seemed to take some cues from Apple in how they designed the box.
After ripping it open and squeeling with joy that my six-week wait was now over, I flipped the unit on and waited for it to boot up. One important thing Amazon did was ship the unit with a charge. The battery had half a charge left on it when I opened it, which allowed me to dive right in. The second smart thing they did was have a welcome letter and user guide pop up right away, showing you the basics of using the Kindle. These were quick and easy ways to learn the basics of the device.
I had made the decision upon purchase that I needed a home-run book to read in order to maximize my first Kindle experience. The lucky winner was Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. Up until that day, I had read all of Brown’s books and I was excited to devour my last one on this new device. Within two minutes my purchase was complete and already downloaded. The third smart thing Amazon did was to have the wireless switch on by default.
With a small snack in hand along with a fresh cup of Senseo, I began another adventure with Robert Langdon. The rest of the day is a blur, but I do remember being very excited and completely satisfied with my purchase. The Kindle was a hit and I’m sure that was in-part to my desire to make it a good one.
Since then my excitement has slowed down but I am still in love with this product. Next week I’ll go more in-depth about Angels & Demons and what the entire experience was like to read it digially.