Kindle Envy!


With Amazon’s announcement of the new Kindle 2 on Monday, I’m having gadget envy for the latest, greatest tech toy on the market.  Over at Today’s Catholic Woman, my tech column this week asks the question, “Would you use a wireless reading device?”

Here’s are some of the product specifications for this device:

Slim & Lightweight: Just over 1/3 inch and 10.2 ounces

Books in under 60 seconds: Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required

Improved Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for crisp images and text; even reads well in bright sunlight

Longer Battery Life: 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging

More Storage: Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books

Faster Page Turns: 20% faster page turns

Read-to-Me: Text-to-Speech feature means Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud.

No Wireless Bills: No monthly wireless bills, data plans, or commitments. Amazon pays for Kindle’s wireless connectivity so you won’t see a monthly wireless bill.

Large Selection: Over 230,000 books, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines and blogs available

Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise

I’d love to hear what you think of reading books, magazines or newspapers on this type of device.  Chime in hear or read my article in full at Today’s Catholic Woman.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. I just ordered one a few days ago. I’ve been saving since last July and I’m glad it took me until February so I could get the Kindle 2. I’m an old-fashioned lover of classics (a lá Mortimer Adler), but I’m also a gadget nut, so this is a natural for me, especially since there are so many classics in the public domain that you can get for free for the Kindle. Once I get it I plan on writing a series of articles about Catholic books available for the Kindle.

  2. My husband bought me the Kindle 2 for Mother’s Day. I had looked into it briefly but really I thought I was techno-covered with my Macbook and my iPhone. I have just finished my first book on the device and I absolutely love it so far. I am the mom of 3 small children and while this is a more expensive option than checking books out at the library, it is less expensive to go digital than to pay full price for the new books I was purchasing at our local Catholic bookstore. I also get more chances to read when I have a few stolen moments because it is small enough to fit in my bag. It is not like reading a computer screen at all – it is no more stress on my eyes than reading a newspaper. I’m not a techie but I can tell you already it has brought me a lot of joy. We are looking into switching our Wall Street Journal subscription from print to the Kindle when it runs out. Hope this helps someone!

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