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This is a Real Game Changer and it’s Not the iPhone 5

I’m so excited today. I’m going to introduce you to a new family. But first, here’s my family. This is me. In the left corner. I have been to Italy. The other people are my kids, and my wifes grandmother. My wife is the one behind the camera. I seem to be relaxed on the photo, but I couldn’t find WiFi anywhere. I felt lost, living in a very small town, next to a farm, olive trees and a lot of grapes.

The weather was perfect, 90 degrees Farenheit for two weeks. A swimming pool, me, and my Kindle. I read a lot, thanks to Carolyn and her awesome gift. I read three books by Harlan Coben, one by Lee Child, and I discovered a super cheap book by Anne Frasier. Play Dead. Brilliant.

It’s not the iPhone 5

I’m waiting for the iPhone 5. I have been waiting for a long time. I want a bigger screen, a better camera, a new processor and a new design. Actually, I’m not sure what I want. I’m just excited. A new launch from Apple. I have every reason to be excited.

I use the iPhone (3GS) for a lot of things related to writing a novel, blogging, taking notes, taking pictures, storing information, playing games, listening to music and a lot more. It has become a very important part of my life. I use it close to everywhere I’m going, especially while I’m on vacation.

I woke up today and discovered the real game changer. A brand new family of a device I truly adore. And I believe that I am now even more excited than I’m going to be after I’ve witnessed the launch of the iPhone 5.

The real game changer

I’m talking about the Kindle. The device I’ve been using every single day since I bought it. I use it to read, and it’s just amazing in every way. I can’t find the words to describe how satisfied I am with my Kindle. It’s the perfect way to read books. It’s better than “real” books. And, I didn’t think that it was possible, but I used the free 3G to get online and use Twitter when I was in Italy. I even discovered that I could moderate comments on my blog, free, while I was living in this very small town in Italy. Amazing.

I went online with my iPhone a few times, and I ended up with a huge bill. I’m still not sure how huge, but believe me, it was huge.

When I woke up and discovered the lighter, smaller, faster $79 Kindle, I was stunned. $79? Are you kidding me? I couldn’t believe what I was looking at. And then, I saw the other members of the family; the Kindle touch, the Kindle touch 3G and finally, the big brother, the Kindle fire. Now, I was on fire.

I’m not sure if the Kindle fire is going to be the real iPad killer, but paying $199 for a stunning color touchscreen, and able to get access to 100,000 movies and TV shows, apps, games, millions of books, that’s something.

This is the digital revolution

I remember the launch of the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad. It’s all been a part of the digital revolution to me. But, as a blogger, an author, and a person who are really enjoying to write content, this new Kindle is the real digital revolution. The $79, that’s why I am so excited.

This price means that the amazing Kindle is available to a lot more people. I read whenever I have the time. 90% of what I read are ebooks, all because of Kindle. Now, close to everybody can afford it, and afford the ebooks. I pay $0.99 and $1.99 for many of the ebooks, and that’s not going to change.

And, remember, we can sell directly to customers via Amazon. This means, everybody can be an author. And you really don’t need a publisher. It makes it easier to self publish, and the market… after this new $79 Kindle launch, it’s huge. And, it must be amazing to be an author and understand that your readers can buy your ebooks within a minute or two on Amazon, and start reading right away. And, you can log in and check your sales every single hour, twenty four hours a day. Wow.

Your turn

You can tell that I’m excited. I probably won’t buy a new Kindle, but maybe I’ll get one for Christmas. The one I already have is awesome, and I’m going to continue to use it every single day. I know I’m going to struggle, but I won’t be thinking about the lighter, smaller and faster Kindle. I promise.

I have three short questions for you, and I really hope you have the time to answer them.

The first one is, do you already have a Kindle? The second one is, are you going to buy a new Kindle? And, finally, are you thinking the same as me, about writing an ebook and making it available for Kindle?



45 responses to “This is a Real Game Changer and it’s Not the iPhone 5”

  1. Bill Dorman says:

    Carolyn got you a kindle? I’m trying to get her to have a contest at her place so I can win one; she previewed them all, similar to your post so both of you must be on the same wavelength.

    I do have a kindle app on my computer and Carolyn did a post about the free e-books you can get thru the libraries, but I think it’s US only.

    The Anne Frasier book Play Dead sounds intriguing; I’ll have to check it out.

    And I won’t even make any snide comment about the banana hammock you seem to be wearing by the pool because I know you Euro’s like that kind of stuff….:)

    Good to see you my friend and hope all is well. $79 sounds pretty good to me as well.

    • Jens says:

      Carolyn sent me a $30 gift card from Amazon. She got me all the books I read during my vacation in Italy. It was amazing, staying by the pool, reading πŸ™‚

      By the way, do you have a pool? Summer 11 months a year, you probably do. I know I would. It’s different in Norway, way too cold and rainy for a swimming pool.

      I was actually waiting for your comment about the banana hammock πŸ™‚

      • Bill Dorman says:

        Yep, couldn’t let that slip by……..:)

        We are in our 3rd house since we’ve been married (28+ yrs); we had pools in our first two but believe or not, once the kids got to a certain age, nobody used it. It meant I was cleaning it all the time just for it to look good. When we built the house we are in now, no pool. We opted for more ‘usable’ area. However, probably 90% of the people in Fla do have a pool.

  2. Ruth - The Freelance Writing Blog says:

    I’ve been wanting a Kindle for a while but just haven’t taken the plunge. I keep thinking that I’ll miss the feel of paper – but when my son splashes me by the pool and I have to let my book air dry, that concern evaporates. Your endorsement may just push me over the edge.

    • Hi Ruth,

      I don’t miss paper at all when it comes to reading books. The only concern I have is reading by the pool, and reading while eating potato chips and drinking coca-cola πŸ™‚

      But, I still read paper books as well, but a lot less than I used to.

      And, I especially love that I’m able to buy new books wherever I am and whenever I feel like it. That’s just amazing. I was in Italy, by the pool, in a very little town, and I bought new books all the time.

      Jens

  3. Dennis Holman says:

    I have put off purchasing Kindle. However, the need to simplify my life (and my life space) has gotten me thinking about the advantages of this device. I have been struck by the cost and complication created by shelves (or boxes) of physical books creates when changing residences. The elimination of this component of a change in residence may, in itself, justify the cost of the Kindle. Your article has certainly stirred my thought processes.

    • Jens says:

      That’s exactly why I ended up buying the Kindle and because I didn’t want to bring 5+ books on vacation. I still read regular books, but 90% of what I read is on my Kindle.

  4. Carolyn says:

    Hi Jens, I am thrilled you love your Kindle so much. You make great use of it. I would never think to use my Kindle to post blog comments. Brilliant! I also love the worldwide 3G coverage.

    I am also thrilled you enjoyed your Kindle gift. It looks like no one could enjoy a Kindle book more than reading it in the Italian sunshine, lounging by a pool. Very cool.

    I like how Amazon introduces innovative new models with new features, but retains the models with the older form factor for those who prefer keyboards. All while dropping prices!

    I’m not a big fan of the $79 model because of all the toggling required to enter text. Instead, for $20 more, you can get a touch screen or a keyboard. That’s a wise way to use $20 in my mind.

    Jens, I couldn’t agree with you more about the Kindle. Thanks for sharing your joy with us!

    • Jens says:

      Hi Carolyn,

      The only reason I’m a big fan of the $79 Kindle is because of the price and that so many people can afford it and share my awesome experience. I would probably have bought a more expensive model if I didn’t already own the “old” version πŸ™‚

      By the way, are you going to buy iPhone 5 no matter what the new features are? I still want an iPad, but I’m thinking that maybe I don’t need one if I end up buying the new iPhone.

      • Carolyn says:

        Hi Jens, yes, I will get the iPhone 5. My 3GS is 27 months old, though working great, it’s time for me to upgrade in my mind. But if I had a choice between upgrading to the iPhone 5 or getting an iPad, the iPad would be my choice. I’m looking forward to Tuesday with the big iPhone 5 and iOS 5 announcements!

  5. Eddie Gear says:

    I’ve been looking to order the Kindle Fire for my sister, however the pre order is available for US only.

    • Jens says:

      The Kindle fire looks awesome. I don’t know why it’s only available in the US. I ordered mine from the US and didn’t have a problem with it… but that’s the old one πŸ™‚

  6. Benny says:

    I’m a fan of Amazon and buy most of my items from there. Love their customer service and price. The Kindle is a game changer. Now w/ it being so cheap, so many more people will buy it. A couple years ago I had to get my hand on a Kindle. I bought it. Bought books and used it for a couple months. However I found that I just enjoyed the feel of an old book. So I sold my Kindle.

    Now I see the new ones and I want to get one. But I know I prefer books.

    BUT the Kindle Fire looks great. I want to get it but I already have an iPad and having another tablet won’t do me any good. But the size of it is great! I know it’s going to be a hit because at $199, that is a steal! Can’t wait to get my hands on it and try it out in the store somewhere!

  7. Keith says:

    I live on the beach, but unfortunately I never have time to enjoy it LOL.

    Personally, I like a real book too… some things I am still old school with I guess.

    • Jens says:

      Living on the beach? Wow, I have been dreaming about that πŸ™‚

      How’s the weather? I hope you can enjoy the beach more than just a few weeks a year, like I’m doing in Norway πŸ™‚

  8. Nicole Scott says:

    You have to take a moment to gauge where your readers were at with their current service and their plans for their future service . Because, of course you’re gonna get an iPhone 5 .

    • Jens says:

      Absolutely. I know that I’m going to buy an iPhone 5 eventually. And I’m probably going to buy an iPad too. But I need the Kindle because it’s the perfect ebook reader. So I guess I’ll end up with too many gadgets πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Jens,

    Poor you. Being in a very small town, next to a farm, olive trees and a lot of grapes, 90 degrees, a swimming pool, in a lounge chair πŸ™‚

    Nice post. I don’t have a kindle. I honestly thought it had very limited functionality, so was always more focused on the iPad, or maybe even a Macbook Air. But that pricing is great! Whatever I get, hopefully my greasy fingers won’t ruin it.

    Free 3G … Man, am I out of the loop. I’ve honestly never really considered getting a kindle, but will definitely check out the details. Thanks.

    • Jens says:

      Hi Craig,

      Yes, it’s hard to be on vacation in Italy, I’m still struggling with my weight gain after eating pizza every single day for two weeks πŸ™‚

      I simply love my Kindle, and the free 3G is brilliant. Now I’m thinking about whether I’m going to buy an iPad or iPhone 5 or nothing at all πŸ™‚

      Jens

      • Hi Jens,

        I would pork-out in a big way πŸ™‚ Pizza, pasta and vino. I’d have a hard time controlling myself.

        All these gadgets to consider πŸ™‚ Checked out Carolyn’s site, I’m sure that will help the process.

  10. Genie says:

    Kindle. One does dream on having this. But I for one couldn’t just indulge getting this. I also happen to get this by December. For now I am quite satisfied with my new iPhone 5. :p

    • Jens says:

      I simply love my Kindle, but I’m waiting for the iPhone 5 and I’m still thinking about buying an iPad. I guess I know what I’m going to do sometime next week πŸ™‚

      I might not need an iPad if I end up buying a new iPhone.

  11. Gene says:

    Jens,

    Great article here. I think these will be awesome upgrades. I got a Kindle (my third) Just this prior Christmas. But I may go for the touchscreen anyway. After all, it is an across the board upgrade and the touchscreen part sounds nice. (though I am used to the side tabbing)

    The Kindle Fire really has my attention though. I have been on the border for getting an IPAD for so long, really the only substantive thing the Kindle Fire lacks is 3G. For a fraction of the price.

    I heard this morning Apple already cut back on 25% of IPAD production. I wonder why? πŸ˜‰

    • Jens says:

      Hi Gene,

      Wow, are Apple already cutting their iPad production? That’s interesting. I would really like to try the touchscreen and see if it’s easier to write. The worldwide free 3G is awesome, and if it’s easier to use when it comes to Twitter, Facebook and even blogging… then I might buy it just because of this feature.

      On the other hand, I still want an iPad and the iPhone 5 (no matter what the specs are) πŸ™‚

      Jens

  12. Adam Sokoloff says:

    Jens,

    Can’t say that I am a Kindle owner or even looking to buy one. I can see how the Fire will put pressure on the iPad, but I can’t say that it’s an ipad killer. The price is certainly right, that is for certain!

    Looking forward to the iphone 5, have owned each but one version.

    Also very much looking forward to your ebook! It’s amazing how publishing has changed. Thank you to Amazon for that!

    • Jens says:

      Hi Adam,

      I use my Kindle every single day, but it’s mostly for reading. I still read regular books though. But, what I have been thinking about for what seems to be a couple of years is to finally buy an iPad. Do you own an iPad?

      I’m really looking forward to the Apple event on tuesday. Right now I’m looking for a live stream that I can watch online πŸ™‚

      Jens

  13. Steven says:

    I have a Kindle and an iPad 2 so i’m not sure i’ll ever get a Kindle Fire but I am excited to see just how well it performs in the tablet market. I love my Kindle and use it just about everyday.

    • Jens says:

      Hi Steven,

      I really want an iPad 2 as well. Do you use it every single day, and do you use it for blogging / productivity?

      I use my kindle every day as well, but it’s completely different from an iPad 2, and the Kindle is for reading and when I’m in another country and can use the free 3G.

      Jens

  14. Steven says:

    Yeah I use my iPad 2 everyday, not so much for blogging but for checking and replying to emails, checking site stats and a number of other business apps. I also use it for leisure purposes and find it much better for just browsing the net than a laptop.

    • Jens says:

      That’s exactly what I’m thinking, and that I would be online more and even be more effective with my research if I had an iPad 2… at least that’s what I’m telling myself πŸ™‚

  15. Jade Tiu says:

    This is a good gadget to have. But still I go for the Iphone5 when it comes from apple it surely am the best among the rest.

    • Jens says:

      I’m also waiting for the iPhone 5, and will be watching the Apple event live to see the new details, but like Carolyn told me… if she had to chose, she would go for an iPad. I’m really not sure what to do, but I guess I’ll wait for tomorrow to see what the buzz is all about πŸ™‚

  16. Behjama says:

    I’m a rabid Apple fan – can’t wait for iPhone5 to come out!

  17. bhupesh says:

    looks nice well iphone 4s is now available

  18. Sonny says:

    I marvel at the fact that anyone gets any serious writing/blogging/work done on the iPhone. I, personally, don’t have an iPhone, but I’m close to people who do have them. And they tell me that it’s a chore just having to type a sentence, let alone an entire article or post…

    • Jens says:

      Hi Sonny,

      I completely agree with you. I have been using my iPhone to blogging, but I haven’t written posts. What I’ve been doing is moderating comments, written short replies and starting drafts. This works with the iPhone in my opinion. But now that I’m using an iPad it’s so much easier πŸ™‚

      – Jens

  19. iRewardChart says:

    Being a die-hard Apple fan, I have to admit, I am really waiting for the Kindle Fire. For the very first time, I have been convinced with an Android device that makes sense. Its not only the price (which btw, is going to redefine the space). There is Amazon store (where you can buy anything and everything) built directly into the OS, Kindle store, Amazon mp3 store, streaming HD movies (if you have Prime, then you get it free too), cloud storage, an appstore of their own…
    Its almost like the Kindle Fire was the missing puzzle piece … its amazing pruductization of the entire ecosystem. While Steve Jobs has been the innovator and the brilliant marketeer of our time, I think Jef Bezos is the brilliant product guy. He is quite underrated IMO.

  20. CharlesKelsey says:

    Hi Jens,

    It is good to be back. I miss your site a lot since i have been a bit busy. But anyways I have this terrible question to ask you jens. I am really familiar of a kindle but seeing a photo of it seems like it looks like an ipad pardon me for being naive but I guess I am too old fashioned though i really wanted to be able to get one of this in the future. Also I like to write and all but not as good as you of course. English is not my native tongue and I am learning english and will surely be glad to learn more.

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