kindle http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9966/all en-US How to Never Pay for Another Book http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-never-pay-for-another-book <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-never-pay-for-another-book" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/books_1.jpg" alt="Books" title="Never Pay for Books Again" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have a computer, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, or Android device, you can download more books than you will ever be able to read for free. Here's how:</p> <p>Book publishers are finally beginning to move with the times and offer larger and larger selections of current and classic books in digital formats. Retailers like Amazon, Barnes &amp; Noble, and iTunes list those offerings and make many of them free for a limited time.</p> <h3>Amazon's Free Book List</h3> <p>You can find recently-written digital versions of books for free in the business, finance, self help, romance, science fiction, fantasy, classic, and children's categories. These books are usually only free for a day or two before Amazon rotates them out and features something else. You can keep an eye on the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fbestsellers%2Fdigital-text%2F154606011%3Fie%3DUTF8%26ref_%3Dpd_ts_zgc_kinc_154606011_more&amp;tag=dealswb-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957">top 100 free list</a> (on the right side of the linked page) to see what's current, or you can subscribe to our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bestdeals/today">daily deals list</a> and get the current offerings delivered to your email each day.</p> <p>To read the books for free, you will need to download Amazon's free Kindle Whispernet software for your chosen device. You can find the software next to the &quot;Add to cart&quot; button for any book you want to download.</p> <h3>Free Books from Barnes &amp; Noble</h3> <p>Barnes &amp; Noble released the &quot;Nook&quot; to compete with Amazon's Kindle. And, just like Amazon, they offer their software for free, so you don't need the device to take advantage of the free books. Scroll down on their&nbsp;<a href="http://gan.doubleclick.net/gan_click?lid=41000000031734273&amp;pubid=21000000000291524">Nook page</a> a bit, and find the link on the right to download the free Nook app for the iPhone, iPad, Android, or PC. Then check out their huge selection of <a href="http://gan.doubleclick.net/gan_click?lid=41000000028439241&amp;pubid=21000000000291524">free books</a>.</p> <h3>Free Books from iTunes</h3> <p>The iTunes App Store has thousands of classic and current books available for free. Just browse through the <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=146261.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=3909&amp;RD_PARM1=http%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fgenre%2Fmobile-software-applications%2Fid6018%3Fmt%3D8">books section</a> and download anything you like to your iPhone or iPad. Do double check the price before you download though; every now and then they sneak in a paid book app.</p> <p>That's it! Easy-peasy, and you have access to enough free books to spend several years doing nothing but reading. Enjoy!</p> <p><em>Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brooke-kaelin">Brooke Kaelin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-never-pay-for-another-book">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easiest-ways-to-score-free-ebooks">5 Easiest Ways to Score Free eBooks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-read-comic-books-for-free-or-almost-free">6 Ways to Read Comic Books for Free (or Almost Free)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-cool-uses-for-a-tablet-computer">11 Cool Uses for a Tablet Computer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands">This One Wedding Trick Will Save You Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-fun-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-inside-during-winter">50 Fun Things to Do When You&#039;re Stuck Inside During Winter</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Android free books ipad kindle Thu, 11 Nov 2010 12:00:09 +0000 Brooke Kaelin 296264 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Free Things to Do With Your Kindle http://www.wisebread.com/10-free-things-to-do-with-your-kindle <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-free-things-to-do-with-your-kindle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/amazonkindlepic.jpg" alt="dog with Kindle" title="I Love My Pit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I&nbsp;received a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB0015T963C%2F&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">Kindle</a><img width="1" border="0" height="1" alt="" style="border: medium none ; margin: 0px;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" /> ebook reader for Christmas, I was worried that it would prompt me to start spending a lot of money on books. Pre-Kindle, I got most of my reading material from the library, borrowed books from others, or at least bought them used. Since most Kindle books are priced around $9.99, I thought I might be tempted to add an extra $10 a month to my entertainment budget.</p> <p>I was delighted to learn that there are lots of free things to do with my Kindle. So far the only actual cash I have spent on the thing? $27 for a cute case from <a href="http://www.etsy.com">Etsy</a>. Here are 10 free things I&nbsp;discovered I could do with my Kindle.</p> <h3>1. Browse books on Amazon.</h3> <p>One of my favorite activities in the world is to linger in a bookstore, picking up new and old titles and reading a few pages here, a few pages there. Now that I have three kids, it's something I almost <em>never</em> get to do. One thing that I realized shortly after getting my Kindle was that this thing <em>is</em> a bookstore &mdash; one I can step into at any time of the day or night. The Kindle can download a free sample of any book on offer, and these samples are usually one or more chapters in length! I absolutely adore sitting down to breastfeed my son and checking out a new book I heard about on NPR that day &mdash; without paying a cent and without even using two hands!</p> <h3>2. Download and read public domain works.</h3> <p>There are multiple places to download free books formatted for the Kindle, but the easiest place to start is Amazon.com. Simply go to the Kindle books page and sort prices from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1267406538/ref=sr_st?rs=154606011&amp;page=1&amp;bbn=154606011&amp;rh=n%3A133140011%2Cn%3A!133141011%2Cn%3A154606011&amp;sort=price">low to high</a><img width="1" border="0" height="1" alt="" style="border: medium none ; margin: 0px;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" />. You'll find a hodgepodge of classics (so far I've downloaded and read Jane Austen's<em> Northanger Abbey</em> and Joseph Conrad's <em>Heart of Darkness</em>) and oddities like ancient issues of the Atlantic Monthly. I think these have been converted to Kindle format by volunteers. So far I have no complaints about the formatting and had no trouble reading them. There are also <a href="http://ireaderreview.com/2008/01/19/free-books-for-the-amazon-kindle/">millions of free books</a> available from sites other than Amazon.</p> <h3>3. Check your email.</h3> <p>Free access to email and the Web&nbsp;is actually the top reason I&nbsp;wanted a Kindle. Kindles access wireless networks wherever you are, just like an iPhone or Blackberry. But unlike those devices, you don't have to pay any data fees when checking your email on your Kindle. The downside is that my Yahoo Mail and Gmail look pretty crappy on Kindle, the speed is low&nbsp;and navigating is cumbersome. To try it on your own Kindle, simply hit the Menu button, select Experimental from the menu, then select Basic Web. You'll find a Web browser into which you can type the URL of your Web-based email.</p> <h3>4. Read blogs.</h3> <p>You can pay to subscribe to blogs on Kindle, but why? The Web browser makes it quite easy to type in the address of your blog, and while the format doesn't look perfect, it's not bad either.</p> <h3>5. Get directions and do everything else that one does with mobile Internet.</h3> <p>You can access Google Maps to get turn-by-turn directions, or really look up anything on the entire Internet. You get the idea.</p> <h3>6. Look words up in the dictionary.</h3> <p>Kindle has a built-in New Oxford American Dictionary. To search it even when you're not reading, hit Menu, then select &quot;Search.&quot; You'll be given a text window and the options of looking up what you type in the dictionary, Wikipedia, the books on your Kindle, the Amazon store, or just Google.</p> <h3>7. Listen to your mp3s.</h3> <p>OK, the Kindle makes for a dorky-looking music player, but what the heck? It's the word nerd's iPod. The mp3 function is also under the &quot;Experimental&quot; menu option. (Also, this is not free but you can subscribe to Audible.com and listen to audiobooks on Kindle as well.)</p> <h3>8. Read your own files.</h3> <p><a href="http://ireaderreview.com/2008/01/18/how-to-view-pdf-files-on-the-kindle/">This site</a> has instructions for transferring PDFs to your Kindle &mdash; you can have them converted to Kindle format or just transfer them as PDFs.</p> <h3>9. Buy and read new releases &mdash;<strong> with Swagbucks</strong>.</h3> <p>Recently, I wrote about how I used the <a href="http://swagbucks.7eer.net/c/27771/19503/799">Swagbucks site</a> to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-went-christmas-shopping-with-fake-money">earn Amazon gift certificates for my Christmas shopping</a>. Many of you signed up through <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10967374-1438279993000?sid=ckirby-5534">my affiliate link</a> &mdash; and thanks to you I am getting so many points called SB each day that I can afford to cash some in for Amazon gift cards, which I then spend on Kindle books &mdash; and still have plenty left over to save for next Christmas. Once gift cards are applied to your Amazon account, they will automatically be used to pay for any books you order through your Kindle. It takes about 900 SB (they recently multiplied all SB by 100) to pay for one $9.99 Kindle book, and I'd guess that most people who use Swagbucks for search the Web every day could probably earn enough to buy one book per month.</p> <h3>10. Listen to a story.</h3> <p>Once you have books on your Kindle, you can listen to them as audiobooks for no&amp; additional charge with the text-to-speech function. I&nbsp;found the robot voice surprisingly listenable. I also downloaded a free fairy tale book in case I ever need Kindle to read my kids a story in a pinch.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-free-things-to-do-with-your-kindle">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-you-save-money-by-subscribing-to-an-addictive-game">Could you save money by subscribing to an addictive game?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-champaign-urbana">Free and cheap things to do in Champaign-Urbana</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-hobby-pay-its-way">Make Your Hobby Pay Its Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wisdom-from-my-favorite-frugal-tv-character-julius-rock">Wisdom from My Favorite Frugal TV Character - Julius Rock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vision-boards-dream-big-play-with-pictures-and-watch-your-life-change">Vision Boards: Dream Big, Play with Pictures, and Watch your Life Change</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Amazon.com Art and Leisure kindle Mon, 01 Mar 2010 14:00:02 +0000 Carrie Kirby 5534 at http://www.wisebread.com Help End Hunger, Get Kindled, and 3 More Positive Web Tips You Should Know About http://www.wisebread.com/help-end-hunger-get-kindled-and-3-more-positive-web-tips-you-should-know-about <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/help-end-hunger-get-kindled-and-3-more-positive-web-tips-you-should-know-about" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/CHAMPIONprofilebadge.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="170" height="226" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">There are days when little bits of good news can help undercut the bad.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>With a recent initiative by Tyson to end hunger, a new super-groovy Kindle-esque iPhone app, and a killer comparison shopping site, there&rsquo;s good stuff out there.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(You just have to know where to find it!)<o:p></o:p><b style=""><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">The iPhone can now be used as a Kindle (seriously).</b><span style="">&nbsp; </span><span style="">&nbsp;</span>&ndash; The unofficial Apple Weblog verifies that <a href="http://www.tuaw.com/2009/03/04/the-rumors-were-true-you-can-turn-your-iphone-into-a-kindle/">the rumors are true</a>!<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Hooray for those of you who held back from buying the $300+ Kindle (and possibly the 2<sup>nd</sup> generation Kindle 2) but were using an iPhone, anyway.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I haven&rsquo;t purchased an iPhone yet (I&rsquo;ve been narrowly eeking by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-i-still-dont-have-a-cellphone-plan-yet">without a phone at all</a>), but this gives me one more reason to upgrade.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This and the <a href="http://www.pandora.com/">Pandora app</a> will probably seal the deal for me.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Not to mention the fact that illustrations in the iPhone app will be displayed in color.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Very groovy.)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Your pledge can feed 140 kids.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></b><span style="">&nbsp;</span>As part of an impressive initiative by Tyson foods, you can <a href="http://www.pledgetoendhunger.com/">help end hunger</a>.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Be one of the 1,000 people that <a href="http://www.pledgetoendhunger.com/">pledges</a> to give, share, or volunteer for the cause, and your pledge will guarantee 35 lbs of food will end up on a truck to the Capital Area Food Bank of <st1:state w:st="on">Texas</st1:state> in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Austin</st1:city></st1:place> during the <a href="http://www.sxsw.com/interactive/">SXSW &rsquo;09 Interactive Festival</a>.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Ways to share (which is all you need to do to help the cause) include:</p> <ul> <li><o:p></o:p><br /> <!--[if !supportLists]--><!--[if !supportLists]--><p><span style=""><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;"> </span></span></p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><p>Use the share function on the website.</li> <li>Follow <b style="">@HungerPledge</b> on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Twitter</a> for updates and use&nbsp;<b style="">#HungerPledge</b> with your tweets.</li> <li>Write a blog post about <a href="http://www.pledgetoendhunger.com/">Pledge to End Hunger</a>.</li> <li>Email the link to your colleagues, family, &amp; friends.</li> <li>Join the Pledge to End Hunger Facebook cause.</li> <li>Embed the Pledge to End Hunger Tally widget on your website, blog, or MySpace account.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Plan for the future with a family heirloom.</b><span style="">&nbsp; </span>You hear about it all the time:<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Kids squabbling over who will get the china set when the parents pass away.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>While we can&rsquo;t give advice on the family dynamics that can come about during these difficult times, this <a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/family/kids/right-way-gift-family-heirlooms">recent article on Mainstreet.com</a> highlights some tips you should take to ensure that taxes are handled accordingly.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The best part of the piece isn&rsquo;t the financial details, however.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It gives creative ideas for passing down heirlooms, even if you don&rsquo;t have a row to hoe.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Tomatoes, anyone?)<span style="">&nbsp; </span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">There&rsquo;s nothing depressing about this meal.</b><span style="">&nbsp; </span>If you somehow missed <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Trent</st1:place></st1:city>&rsquo;s roundup of <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2009/03/04/depression-cooking/">spectacular Depression-era cooking videos</a> (compliments of a lovely 93-year-old Clara), you must stop what you are doing and check them out!<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Not only are the recipes delicious, they are true to the mission of keeping things simple.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(It&rsquo;s also motivation for those of us who&rsquo;ve considered video blogging to get up and finally do it.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This lady is fantastic!)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">All I ever needed to know about growing sprouts, I learned from Jenn Fowler</b>.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I admit to over-spending on fancy sprout-growing kits.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Shame, shame.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span>If you haven&rsquo;t already fallen victim to unnecessary growing gizmos, or you want to redeem yourself with a no-nonsense, super-affordable method to making your own green edible sprouts in your kitchen, you still have time.<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://frugalupstate.blogspot.com/2009/03/best-of-grow-veggies-in-winter.html">Frugal Upstate&rsquo;s photos and directions</a> are dummy-proof.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Plus, they really make me want to eat a veggie sandwich!)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Beat this!<span style="">&nbsp; </span></b>From the makers of the hit website <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com/">RetailMeNot.com</a> (a favorite among many of us, <a href="../../../../../../the-one-site-you-must-visit-before-buying-anything-online-period">including Paul Michael</a>) comes an impressive upgrade to comparison shopping.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>While it&rsquo;s still in the beginning stages, <a href="http://www.beatmyprice.com/">BeatMyPrice.com</a> is a fun and fairly accurate way to find the lowest price for an item online.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>What really caught my eye was the way that it suggests coupon codes for the shopping outlets it provides, and it is slowly building a reader-based price guide for each item. I just tried a search for &ldquo;Salad Spinner&rdquo; and input a link to one on Amazon for $29.99.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The BeatMyPrice.com tool gave me just one other product to choose from, but it happened to be a Wolfgang Puck stainless steel version for just 10 cents less.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Bravo!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/help-end-hunger-get-kindled-and-3-more-positive-web-tips-you-should-know-about">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-and-easy-formulas-for-homemade-windshield-de-icer-plus-bonus-tips">3 Cheap and Easy Formulas for Homemade Windshield De-Icer (Plus Bonus Tips)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-smart-new-uses-for-hair-clips">15 Smart New Uses for Hair Clips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-big-dental-bills-with-safe-and-inexpensive-products">Avoid Big Dental Bills with Safe and Inexpensive Products</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks General Tips beatmyprice.com frugal tips iPhone kindle life hacks sprouts Thu, 05 Mar 2009 17:56:31 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2896 at http://www.wisebread.com Can a Kindle Save You Money? Oprah's Coupon Code Makes It Easier http://www.wisebread.com/can-a-kindle-save-you-money-oprahs-coupon-code-makes-it-easier <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-a-kindle-save-you-money-oprahs-coupon-code-makes-it-easier" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kindle_10.jpg" alt="Kindle with books" title="Kindle Books Cost Less Than Hard Copies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="224" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FI73MA?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000FI73MA">Kindle</a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000FI73MA" alt="" /> digital reader is like&nbsp;a Wii for&nbsp;readers: Endless entertainment options, loveable hardware, extra features galore. Just today, Oprah showed how, with the addition of an digital memory card, the Kindle allows you to carry around FOUR THOUSAND books. An entire library, in your carry-on bag. Instant gratification when you want a new book or magazine. Plus blogs.</p> <p>But two things have held me (and my credit card) back: price and price.</p> <p>That is, the $359 price tag, and the cost to buy books and magazines to put on it. Even though Kindle books cost about $6 less than hard copies, if you get most of your books through the public libarary or second-hand sales like I do,&nbsp;keeping your Kindle stocked will end up costing you more.</p> <p>In a moment, more on whether a Kindle could actually save you money. But right now, here's something that's convincing me to take the Kindle plunge: This morning, that booklover Oprah offered a $50 off coupon code, making the Kindle just $309.</p> <p>The code is <strong>OPRAHWINFREY</strong>, and it's good through Nov. 1.</p> <p>Now, to the question of whether owning a Kindle can save you money. Many have asserted it can -- in fact the Wall Street Journal argued that it can in <a href="http://www.thestreet.com/story/10421428/2/amazons-kindle-could-save-you-money.html">two</a> <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121431458215899767.html">different columns</a>. The best way, the Journal points out, to save money with the Kindle is not through buying books -- saving $6 a book, you'd have to buy 52 new books for it to pay for itself even with the Oprah discount.</p> <p>The way a Kindle can really save you money, WSJ columnist Brett Arends says, is with its mobile data features. With Kindle's keyboard and basic Internet browser, some users may replace their cell phone's mobile data plan with the free Kindle service, saving $20 a month or more.</p> <p>If you set aside your $20 a month for mobile data toward the $309 for the Kindle, you are only paying $5.75 a month for a year, then it's paid for. So if you buy one book a month, and cancel a $20 data plan, the savings WOULD pay for a Kindle in a year.</p> <p>Then there are subscriptions. When I was a business reporter, I used to subscribe to the New York Times to read on the train. It currently costs about <a href="https://www.nytimesathome.com/checkout.php?step=1">$6.70 a week</a> to have the Times delivered to your doorstep. On&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FI73MA?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000FI73MA">Kindle</a>, it's $13.99, a <img width="1" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000FI73MA" alt="" />savings of more than $13 a month. So if all you did was read the NYT, it would take you two years for the device to pay for itself at the Oprah price. But other magazines, like the Wall Street Journal, currently offer better deals on the&nbsp;paper version&nbsp;than the Kindle version.</p> <p>In conclusion, I'd say that SOME people would save money with&nbsp;a Kindle. Daily train commuters and people who spend a lot of time in airports could clearly save -- and would most benefit from the convenience of not having to go out and seek physical copies of their reading material. For me, a stay-at-home mom with no mobile data plan, there would be little to no savings.</p> <p>But you know what? I kind of, really want one anyway. And my birthday is coming up. And, since I have a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/subs/primeclub/signup/extmain.html?ref=prime_assoc_bt&amp;tag=myfufufa-20">free trial of Amazon Prime</a>, I could have one here tomorrow by paying just $3.99 to upgrade to overnight shipping. Oh, wait! I thought of something. I'm about to spend about $500 on a nice oak bookshelf for our dining room. To hold all those old-school books we buy at second-hand sales, etc. If I stop buying paper books, I won't have to buy any more expensive bookshelves. And there's always the savings to the environment if I convert my Chicago Tribune subscription to a digital one, even though they're the same price.</p> <p>Commenters: Can you help me come up with any more justifications so my husband will read this and buy me a &quot;money-saving&quot; Kindle for my birthday?</p> <p>Note: This post contains affiliate links.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-a-kindle-save-you-money-oprahs-coupon-code-makes-it-easier">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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