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My Kindle is the Biggest Money Burner!

July 25th, 2013 at 01:43 pm

For years I've wanted a Kindle but I put off buying one because of fear that a newer model would come out. I am a huge Amazon customer and purchased about 20 used books a year. I also like going to the library and taking out books as well.

Anyway, I asked my boyfriend to buy me a Kindle Paperwhite for my birthday and he did! Now I spend way too much money on books that I would have taken out of the library before. Not to mention that one click purchasing makes it easy to spend lots of money within a few seconds.

I lost almost all of my books in hurricane Sandy. In a way, it was good that G_d downsized my possessions because my basic expenses decreased after I lost my car (no insurance or gas.) I still miss my books and it seems that there are hardly any e-books in the public library that are available for me to take out.

So today I was replenishing my Hermann Hesse library and within 4 clicks I racked up over $40 on my credit card. Good news is that when I went to my credit card's site, I saw that I had points and that I could use them for my purchases!

So I'm pretty happy and the lesson is that if you have points sitting on your credit card, to learn about how to use them to your advantage.

Also any suggestions about places where a person can borrow books on their Kindle would help. I didn't choose Amazon prime because my Kindle is fairly basic and you can only borrow one book per month.

Overall my Kindle is great! E-books cost less than regular books and there are many free classic titles.

17 Responses to “My Kindle is the Biggest Money Burner!”

  1. SecretarySaving Says:

    Free Ebooks on Amazon

  2. SecretarySaving Says:

    You can also get ebooks from your library

  3. soogar Says:

    I checked out NYPL and it doesn't have the kind of e-books that I like to read. I checked out your free e-books link- I definitely avail myself of all the freebies the Kindle has to offer. Smile

  4. Petunia 100 Says:

    I don't have a Kindle, but have been thinking I will tell my family that is what I want for Christmas this year. I will be sticking to the free titles. Smile

  5. soogar Says:

    Petunia- That's what I thought I would do as well but it's such a novel concept to have the book instantly on the device! The e-books are probably lending new life to the publishing industry. I know that I spend more on an e-book than going on Amazon to buy a 1 cent used copy.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    I was given a Kindle and I find I don't use it much because I pretty much have to pay to read. I'm a big library user and I'm used to not paying for my reading habit. I've looked for free reads on Kindle, but they're not the kind of books I like. I admit the device is convenient, but not THAT convenient!

  7. ohsuzannah Says:

    What kind of books do you like? I have lots of paperbacks, although they'd have to be shipped, since I live in Wi.

  8. MonkeyMama Says:

    Have you checked library recently? Like in past month? Selection is ever changing. Is also worth checking other libraries in your region. With the ebooks, location becomes rather moot, as long as you are eligible for a library card.

    Other than that, ask for gift cards for birthday and Christmas??

    For us, it turns out our local library is really the best around for ebook selection. Phew! They are adding books fast and furiously, so it's hard to judge from week to week. Ebooks that weren't there yesterday are there today. I did just reserve two paper books from the library. I was kind of surprised they were not offered in ebook format (both newer) BUT I am guessing it was the publishers. Some publishers are pretty un-cooperative with the libraries.

  9. IndianGal Says:

    I just received a Paperwhite as a gift too! I love it! However, thus far I have managed to stick to the free books on there - there are thousands. If you do swagbucks, you could redeem your swagbucks for Amazon gift cards and use those to buy the kindle books you want.

  10. crazyliblady Says:

    How about these? They are freely accessible. Sorry, but I couldn't put the urls in the proper way.

    www dot openlibrary dot org

    www dot manybooks dot net

    oll dot libertyfund dot org

  11. crazyliblady Says:

    Also, you could ask your significant other for a gift card for Amazon...

  12. Kiki Says:

    I live in the same region as monkey mama and i second the library. They always seems to have new titles even if i logged in each night.
    And the swagbucks would give you $25 a month in new books.

    I have a thing for music. I put $15 in my monthly budget for new music. Some months i spend it, other months i carry it over but i know i ONLY have that budgeted amount.

    I also love audio books and allow myself a membership to audible.com to come out of my entertainment budget. I mostly listen in the car when i am goinng to a house sitting gig or when i am walking the dogs. Gives me some pleasure "reading" while i am earning extra money.

  13. soogar Says:

    Right now I am catching up on all the e-books that I have purchased. I will check my library but I wish there was a way for the library selections to automatically be on my kindle, as opposed to my going to the NYPL site and looking for books. I'm still balancing my kindle purchases and library usage. I go to the library as well and I go through piles of books.

    Kiki-- As for music, I spend $10 a month and subscribe to Spotify. I can download music play lists to my phone and most of the music that I like is on there. I lost all of my CDs in Sandy and with my new living situation, I don't have any room for CDs anyway.

    Thanks for the suggestions. What on earth is swagbucks? I saw that on several blogs but have no clue what it is. I am a little nervous about giving up my information for "free" stuff. Our privacy is compromised so much already.

  14. Kiki Says:

    I created a separate email address for the swagbucks site. It is a website that has you do various things (read email, watch a video, listen to music, answer surveys) and you earn points each 400-500 points you earn give you a chance to have a gift card or money deposited into your account.

    I am going to take the money or gift cards from Target for Christmas purchases. Every little bit helps!

    If you send me a private email with an email address (create a new one) I'll send you a link to join.

  15. Kiki Says:

    Forgot to say You can earn up to $25 a month from the swagbucks site.

  16. baselle Says:

    Two words: Project Gutenberg


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