Thinking About a Unique Pregnancy Gift? Give a Kindle!
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Knowledge is power and having the right tools is essential for success. While some book worms out there (myself included) love having a large library surrounding them, I can’t emphasize enough how convenient it was having my Kindle handy during those early-morning feedings with a newborn.
I suggest saving yourself a bit of space, and over time, money if you read frequently, by gifting your pregnant friend (or your pregnant-self) a Kindle!
The basic model of the Kindle is naturally the cheapest, costing around $89.99. This model has a 6” glare-free screen and 4GB of storage, so you can hold thousands of books. Think about how much space (and paper) 1,000 books would take up in your home. Dusting nightmare! With less technical bonuses than the other versions of the Kindle, you still have weeks of battery life and can access Audible via Bluetooth and can connect via wi-fi. I’m not a techno-geek and there are more tech-savy reports that can get into the nitty gritty of file-types, PPI and what not. I’m just here to tell you that any Kindle is 10,000x better than purchasing hardcopies of books one at a time.
My first Kindle was a Paperwhite and I have zero regrets spending a little more for “extras “ even if I rarely used them. Starting at $129.99, the Paperwhite is similar to the base Kindle model, with a 6” glare-free screen and Wi-Fi connectivity, but comes with 8GB or 32GB options. A little technical speak – the GB are important if you like to store more magazines, comics or audiobooks. Paperwhite still has weeks of battery life AND it’s waterproof. This may not be a big deal to some, but I tend to spill drinks A LOT and this feature has saved my Kindle many times!
The Kindle to rule all Kindles. I received my Oasis as a Christmas present from Mark after our Great Dane puppy destroyed my Paperwhite. Now that I have an Oasis, I can’t imagine going back to the Paperwhite – and I LOVED my Paperwhite.
Although a large jump in price, the Oasis starts at $249.00. Offering 8GB or 32 GB models, the Oasis also has a larger glare-free screen – 7” vs the Kindle and Paperwhite’s 6” and a whopping 25 LEDs. Just for reference, the Paperwhite only has 5 LEDs! A fun little extra is the color option – instead of black or white, you can choose graphite or champagne gold. There are two choices for internet connectivity: you can choose Wi-Fi only, or Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity. I’ve only needed to use Cellular connectivity once, so it may be unnecessary for some people, but it was nice to have it when I needed it!
For me, the biggest reason I prefer the Oasis over the Paperwhite is because you can adjust the color of the screen! Yes. The color of the SCREEN. It doesn’t hurt that the buttons that make it perfect for one-handed reading. Stay with me – When we had our daughter, I was a little…. paranoid. And that’s putting it lightly. I was 100% uncomfortable having her in our bed while we slept. Couldn’t do it. Wouldn’t do it. Even if I tried, I couldn’t sleep. So, when she woke up for her night-time feedings, I would feed her and read my Kindle. The glow from the screen was just enough for me to be able to read without being blindingly bright.
During that first week with my newborn, I can’t tell you how many books I went through. The second week, I purchased a Kindle Unlimited subscription ($9.99 per month), and didn’t worry about it again. Some books were great, some were really not great, but overall the Unlimited subscription was completely worth it. I had that subscription for about 6 months before I cancelled. Overall I read more than 20 books, so the monthly subscription paid for itself multiple times over.