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Why Kindle?

I get asked quite often the question of which e-reader is best, and while I’ll say that I think the Kindle is the best, it’s also the only one I have ever used. When picking the best e-reader for YOU—just like when you pick your favorite child—it’s all about personal preference.

For me, the pros and cons of picking a Kindle over a NOOK (at the time there was no such thing as an iPad Mini) for my first e-reader weighed heavily to the side of the Kindle. I am a long-time Amazon Prime customer and Amazon.com is my go-to shopping site. When I shop for my non-e-reader-loving-daughter, we go to our local Barnes & Noble to buy her paperbacks. (See also: The kid will put me in the poorhouse if she keeps this whole stubborn-for-paper attitude.)

The other question I get asked often is why when I do an e-book giveaway why it’s almost always a Kindle e-book I’m giving away. No, I’m not an e-reader bigot. To give you a teensy inside look into the life of a Smut Book Enthusiast and High-Powered Professional Book Recommender, we make money off of the links you use to buy your books.

For instance: When I include or share a link to Amazon.com, and you click on that link to buy a book (or anything else from Amazon), I make a few pennies. No, the book or the product doesn’t cost extra to you; Amazon pays me a percentage of the price in exchange for advertising their product. The more books and products you buy after you click on the link from me, the more pennies I make. The more pennies I make, the more e-books I can buy and give away.

The same goes for Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, BN.com, Kobobooks.com, Smashwords.com, iTunes, and any other book-selling website. Only, they don’t pay as well and as easy as Amazon.

Amazon just happens to be the best at rewarding its affiliates (like me and other fancy book reviewers) for our work. They pay the highest, they pay the quickest, and they make it easy on us advertisers to advertise their products.

If you don’t have a Kindle e-reader, you can download a free Kindle app on every smartphone and tablet that works just the same as a standalone Kindle e-reader. I know MANY people who use the app on their smartphones to read their Kindle books.

So, why Kindle? Because they take care of me, and I, in turn, take care of you with giveaways.

Giveaways like these (click here)!


EDIT [Aug 25, 2013]: In late June, it was announced that Barnes & Noble would be ceasing production of its Nook tablets:

[su_quote]The company plans to significantly reduce losses in the Nook segment by limiting risks associated with manufacturing. Going forward, the company intends to continue to design eReading devices and reading platforms, while creating a partnership model for manufacturing in the competitive color tablet market. Thus, the widely popular lines of Simple Touch and Glowlight products will continue to be developed in house, and the company’s tablet line will be co-branded with yet to be announced third party manufacturers of consumer electronics products.[/su_quote]

Though BN will continue to make the black-and-white Nook e-reader, it admits that its market share is decreasing. source


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58 thoughts on “Why Kindle?

  1. elaine mcgowan

    thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway. loooove smut book club. my favourite site on facebook. hot men ang great books. what more could a girl want :)

  2. Jessica

    Any book from the Top 20 would be fine. I have a nook hd+ and was grateful when I was able to update my software and get the google play store. My first mission was to get the kindle app so that I could get more of the books that I had been looking for and not being able to find them on B&N.

  3. Sonia

    I have a non-e-reader-loving-daughter too, I feel your pain!! I will end up broke too she’s an avid reader just liker her mom!!

    BTW: Love your reviews .

  4. Michelle

    Kindles were created for people like me. Poor. I covet the beautiful, sparkly iPad, but they cost more than a month of mortgage payments. So, Kindle stuff…come to Mama.

  5. Christina

    The new Blaire and Rush book and the new Brie After Graduation Red Phoenix book im behind on buying :)

  6. Christy

    I was an Amazon associate, but my membership got “deleted” or terminated might be a better word because the laws in my home state (ARKANSAS) made it impossible for them to pay us. So all our associate accounts were terminated.

    Damn government.

    And if I win, I would like for you to do something for me: read the book Diary of a Mad Fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee. That would make me happy. And I know you will laugh.

  7. Jenbug

    If I were to win this giveaway, I would get the books on my reading list that my library doesn’t have. You’d be surprised how much smut your library has… There’s a naughty librarian fantasy for a reason. ;)

  8. Joan

    The books I would pick would be…. Rock With Me by Kristen Proby, and Unleashed & Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn. Thanks!

  9. Bobbi

    I would get as many of the One Night with Sole Regret series as I could. I love dirty rocker boys!

  10. kp

    Nook was my first ereader but have recently bought a kindle and am so happy I did!! I would get tangled an Beauty from Surrender!!

  11. Patricia Crews

    lol, i suppose i will finally get to whittle down my amazon wishlist ;) and i couldn’t tell ya what i would get, prolly some donna grant :)

    thanks for the blog post, and as a former nook user, i can honestly say, i am anxiously awaiting (a.k.a. stalking my mailman) for the arrival of my kindle :)
    thanks again for the post and the contest/giveaway :)

    patricia crews

  12. Kimberly

    If I win, I am going to get real books..for me to enjoy! I’ve been stuck reading only textbooks for way to long! I need some fun adult literature :)

  13. Megan M.

    If I won this badass giveaway, I’d probably choose Real Ugly by S.M. Stunich, Good Vibrations by S.L. Scott, and maybe Until Fountain Bridge, or a Kendall Ryan book (haven’t read any by her, though I’ve had them on my wishlist for ages). Or I might say screw it and blow my wad on Entwined with You ;)

  14. michelle

    The Dark Duet-all 3 for sure…and then you do not disappoint so I am sure on your list there are more I just HAVE TO HAVE!

  15. Karen G.

    Amazon has great customer service, I love working with them also! I have a huge tbr list but at the top right now I think I will get the last couple of Kristen Ashley releases and The Last Boyfriend by J. S. Cooper. Thanks for the chance!

  16. CM Reader

    I have about 50 books on my Kindle wishlist. I definitely want to buy Tangled and Kitchen Affairs!!

  17. Stacy White

    Oh, if I win, I’m so getting the rest of The Rock Chick Series :) I’ve been waiting…forever!!

  18. Kim

    The main book I would get is
    Being Me (Inside Out Trilogy) by Lisa Renee Jones.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  19. Alexandra H

    Aaahh, thanks for the chance!! I might get Tangled to start, but otherwise, I’m not sure! There are so many good options! (:

  20. Brandy Myers

    entwined with you. Just can’t make myself pay $10 for an e-book. Of course if I won it… ;0)

  21. Sara

    Amazon also pays its authors the least amount per book sold. Good for you that they pay you more, but I will never buy a book from them. If that’s the only place a book is sold, then I won’t be reading that book. Sorry!

  22. Linda

    My first e-reader was a Kobo, and I keep it for one main reason – on my Kobo I can borrow library e-books. I got an iPad for Christmas last year, and found the Kindle app, so I started to use that. But because I don’t like to take make iPad out of the house, it wasn’t always grea!t. I finally caved and bought a Kindle and I love it! So I guess I just can’t make up my mind.

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