Oprah’s New Favorite Thing: Kindle

It’s not everyday that you get a gift that changes your life. This summer, Oprah says she experienced just that. What was the gift, you might ask? Amazon’s Kindle, a wireless eBook reader that is capable of providing instant access to more than 190,000 books, blogs, newspapers, and magazines.

The Amazon Kindle can hold about 200 books by itself, but if you pop in a memory card, you will be able to store more than 4,000 books. Every time you buy a book, an archival copy is stored for you at Amazon. Even if you should lose your Kindle or accidentally delete a book, you can get it back anytime you want for free.

"Anyone who knows me knows I'm really not a gadget person at all, but I have fallen in love with this little baby," Oprah says. As she puts it, "It was so easy. And the fact that it's wireless [means] you don't have to download them from your computer."

The device also has a built-in dictionary, which Amazon founder Jeff Bezos finds very useful: "I was always trying to guess the definition from the context, and I found I'm not as good as guesser as I thought I was."

So what does this type of portable goodness cost, you might ask? Traditionally, the Amazon Kindle costs $359, but Oprah likes to share the wealth, so as a special offer for Oprah Show viewers (and really, anyone who reads this post as well), Amazon will give you $50 off the purchase price if you enter the promotional code OPRAHWINFREY during the checkout process. The offer is good until November 1. Consider it an early Christmas gift.
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