I first opened my new
Android HTC Thunderbolt 4G, there were a number of
pre-loaded apps such as Rock Band,
Let's Golf 2 and the
Amazon Kindle. I was very disappointed when I discovered
that you cannot delete these apps unless you root the phone
(which the carriers supposedly don't want you to do, but
make it necessary if you want to control your own $700+
So I thought, okay I'll check out Rock
Band. Nix that. It looked like it was going to take forever
and they wanted WAY too much information to play a stupid
game on my phone. Then, since I couldn't get rid of it I
tried the Let's Golf 2 game. Very good golf game, but they
only let you play a couple of holes a few times before
shutting down and begging for money. I don't like to pay for
games, but I did discover
how to at least continue playing those holes over and
over and over and over.
The one app I didn't even bother looking
at initially was that Amazon Kindle. I love to read, and I
do read news and web sites on my Smartphone, but actually
reading a book? I don't think so.
Then, one evening, sitting on my deck, I
opened the Kindle app just to check it out. They require you
to log in with an active Amazon account, so I did. I then
searched the best sellers area and discovered that you can
download the first couple of chapters of just about any book
For fun, because I love her, I downloaded
the first couple of chapters of Tina Fey's new book, "Bossy
Pants." It was great. Not the book, but the fact that I was
able to read enough to know that I didn't want to buy it. I
love Tina Fey. Her book? Not so much. I then downloaded the
first couple of chapters of two of Chelsey Handler's books.
Very funny. Very outrageous. Very buyable. But, being the
cheapskate that I am, I didn't.
But, I digress. How is it reading a book
on a Smartphone. Pretty damn good.
They give you three options for page
colors (I stuck with the standard black print on white
backround), and just the right amount of words to make
reading and page turning pretty smooth.
That's when I devised my plan to read the
first couple of chapters of more books than anyone else in
the world. I'm still at three (one Tina and two Handler's).
What stopped me from proceeding with that
plan was that I discovered that there were lots of books
which were available to download for free. Upon opening the
Kindle app, you simply go to the Kindle Store and there is
an option called Free Popular Classics where you will find
such books as "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," "Pride
and Prejudice," "A Tale of Two Cities," "The Scarlet
Letter," "Dracula" and who knows how many others. That's
just what was on the first page of listings.
I'm currently reading "The Autobiography
of Benjamin Franklin." Not suprisingly, it's better than
Tina Fey's book.
All in all, it's a great app.