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The #1 Reason You Should Use Kindle


The number one reason you should be using a Kindle device might be very surprising to you. On the other hand, the number one reason you should be using a Kindle device shouldn’t surprise you at all. Ready?


The Number One reason you should be using a Kindle device is the HUGE amount of free content.


Now that might surprise some of our DDTers, that there is free stuff for the Kindle. After all, Jeff Bezos invented the Kindle reading device to sell books; not to give books away. But you know I like free modules; that is not a surprise at all!


As it turns out, there is a large and growing library of cheap, and even free, books that you will enjoy reading built for Kindle. To me, the #1 reason to buy and use a Kindle device is because of the free and inexpensive stuff that is available for it. So let’s get to it! Allow me to give you some tips as to what I’ve done to collect a very low cost Kindle library.


Look for Bargains at Amazon actually has a lot of free books available. They have a lot more that are available for just a buck or two. You can acquire quite a library relatively inexpensively. Here’s the key: learn how to search for inexpensive books.


Practice Exercise:


1. Go to

2. In the main search bar, change the category box from “All” to “Kindle Store.” Without typing anything in the white search box, click the magnifying glass to search.

3. On the left side of the page, choose “Kindle eBooks”.

4. NOW you can see the categories of books Kindle offers. Click on “Religion & Spirituality.”

5. NOW you can see more subcategories. Click the “Religious Studies & Reference.”

6.  In the upper right area, change the sort box to “Price: Low to High.”


As of July 2020, there were 400 pages of stuff to look at! And you’re starting with the free stuff first, and working from the bottom up.


Yes, there will be a lot of drivel (and far worse than that) available; but there is also some of the most loved, classic, Christian literature that has ever been written. Volumes and volumes of it; and much of it is free or relatively inexpensive (read “cheap”).


It’s Time to Get A Library Card


I think I was in the 5th grade the first time I went to the public library in my small little home town. It was walking distance from the middle school. I don’t remember exactly what I checked out that day - but it was probably Charlie Brown....


Fast forward just a few years, and the only library I ever went to was the one on campus where I was working on my bible degree. No Charlie Brown and Snoopy books there. Pity. The short of it is, once I became an “adult,” I kinda stopped going to the library. And I thought Charlie Brown was the blockhead!


Once God blessed me with sons, and they were old enough to enjoy Good Old Charlie Brown, I got reacquainted with the joys of the public library. Yep - I had to teach my children to be discriminating. Upon checking out for the first time, and obtaining our brand new library cards, I was told about something called “Overdrive,” and the ability to use it to check out Kindle books from the library. I thought, “What?!” But yep, sure enough, with my free public library card, I could check out free books on my Kindle. From home. Without going to the library. Someone has finally put my tax dollars to work on a program that I could use!


Now each county’s Kindle lending library is going to be different. But let me tell you - wow! What a wealth of stuff was there!


A dozen John Maxwell books

Dave Ramsey stuff, and non-Ramsey stuff he highly recommends

Biographies of famous Christians



Politics - both liberal and conservative

And a truckload of modern day fiction you might enjoy reading (Joel C. Rosenberg, etc.)


I was agag! I was taken aback! I was awash in joy! (How many other “a-words” should I use?) While I didn’t find much in the way of Christian reference, I don’t use my Kindle for Christian reference. That’s what I use theWord Bible software for. My Kindle is a reader. So I happily loaded up to read.


My Accidental Surprise

And No, They Won’t Teach You This at the Library


Your Kindle checkouts lasts two weeks. After that, they are immediately re-called by the library. So this is pretty cool: no going back to the library to return your digital books; ever! AND no late fees for those times that stupid book fell into the couch between the seats. Thanks to modern technology, at the two week mark: poof! They magically disappear.


Or so they want you to think.


After using my Kindle for several months, I downloaded several larger works (had they been real world books, we’re talking unabridged dictionary thicknesses). I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish all of them within the two week window, but I wanted to read all of them. After all, they were free. So I turned my Kindle to airplane mode.


[NOTE: If you click your settings gear at the top of your Kindle home page, you can enter airplane mode. If the airplane icon is whole, then you are in airplane mode. If it looks like the airplane is broken in half, you are not in Airplane mode.]


When in airplane mode, your Kindle device doesn’t do any updating (it seriously increases your battery life, too, but that is another blog post); no software updates, no new book purchases, no new library checkouts, and it doesn’t return library books either. Except they are returned; the library has it back, and is able to loan it out to someone else. But as long as you’re in Airplane mode, you can practically keep the book as long as you like. But when Airplane mode is turned back off, your library book(s) that are past due (without fines!!) are disappeared.


So I actually kept my Kindle in Airplane mode for about two months. I had finally finished all of those lengthy tomes, and I was ready to check out my next round of books. So I turned Airplane mode off and checked out a few new books. But my last round of library books didn’t disappear. I restarted my device a couple of times, expecting that would clear some kind of electronic que; but no, they didn’t disappear.


OK - time to experiment. I checked out another stack of books, and went back into Airplane mode for two more months (55-56 days, from the 7th or 8th of the month, across two months, and not turning the device back on until the 2nd or 3rd of the third month [Example: from May 7 until July 3]). You want to guess what happened? Not only were all of my books from 4 months ago still on my device, but all of those books from 2 months ago were still on my device, too.  From a practical perspective, those books are on perma-loan from the public library.


After a little more experimentation, I discovered those books couldn’t be moved from one device to another; nor could they be removed from the device and then put back on. If they were removed from the device, they were permanently gone. But if I left them alone, well, they’ve lived on my device for a looooong time. (In other words: I haven’t lost any of them yet.)


With this combination of tactics, I’ve been able to assemble 300+ Kindle books for almost nothing out of pocket (yes, I have made a few purchases of some modern classics, but still...). If they averaged $7.99 each, well, you do the math.


If you ask me, the #1 reason to have and use a Kindle is the opportunity to collect a vast library of free and low cost modern resources.

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