If you are one of the many future Kindle2 owners waiting for your Kindle to arrive this week (the first wave arrives at homes today) you might be wondering what things you can do to prepare for its arrival.
Here's a quick checklist I made of things to-do while waiting for my Kindle to arrive:
- Check out the GeekTonic Kindle2 Unboxing Video & Photos
- Watch the Video Demo of the Kindle 2 text-to-speech feature
- Read over the online Kindle Users Guide or at least the quickstart guide. The user guide is also in PDF format
- Browse the Kindle Store on Amazon. Once you have the Kindle in hand, the wireless, Amazon Whispernet will auto-deliver your purchases directly to your Kindle.
- Order a cover or case for your Kindle. Or be creative and make one possibly? Unfortunately Amazon isn't including a cover with the Kindle2 like they did with the first version so I'll probably try to create a makeshift cover for the moment.
- Amazon Kindle 2 Leather Cover (this is the standard one sold on Amazon)
- M-edge Platform Jacket for Kindle 2 (Synthetic Leather--Smooth Black) - this seems to be the most popular one for the Kindle 2. There are many other M-edge cover designs, this is just the cheapest one.
- Get a booklight. I'm planning on this being a pet peeve of mine. Why they don't spend a little extra to include side lighting on the Kindle's I do not understand.
- Free eBooks! One of the best ways to try out books on your Kindle is with free books. Bookmark this link: free Kindle Books on Amazon.com for a continually updated list of Kindle books available for free on Amazon! No these aren't bestsellers and there is a lot of "junk" in the list but it's a great way to learn how to use the Kindle and it's features. Check out these free books for example:
- For a few non-Amazon sources for Kindle books and magazines, check out these places:
- MobileRead Forums - free books and a lot of nice information for Kindle Readers
- Project Gutenberg
- Add the Amazon Wishlist Button to your browser so you can easily add Kindle-ready books to your Amazon Wishlist
- Check out (and bookmark) Jungle Search.com which is a great way to do a quick, advanced search for Amazon Kindle store items.
- Bookmark the Kindle Forums on Amazon. Lots of fellow Kindle users with a ton of useful information.
Thanks to GeekTonic reader TallMomof2 and many commentors at the Kindle forums for all of these great suggestions.
If you want to order a Kindle 2 for you own(Amazon is an affiliate) here's how:
Order the Kindle 2: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation) $359