Saturday, February 26, 2011

On My Wishlist: Gleason, Pierce, & Roth

Because this is a new (or re-newed) blog, I've not had the opportunity to participate in any book meme's though there are dozens of them floating around the book blogosphere -- all of which sound interesting!  Unfortunately, without a ton of time, I (regrettably) have to pick and chose.  I'm a recent fan of Book Chick City, so when I saw her meme today, I thought I'd jump in.

"On My Wishlist" is a weekly book meme from Book Chick City that runs on Saturdays. Go and check her out, and sign up if you have a book blog!  If you're here from her site, welcome and thank you for stopping in.

Without further adieu, here's my wishlist for the week...

The Vampire Dimitri (Colleen Gleason)

I desperately, desperately want to read this book! I just finished reading and reviewing it's predecessor, The Vampire Voss, which I got through NetGalley and I enjoyed it. From the very start, Dimitri has been my favorite character.  I've recently applied for this book at NetGalley and am crossing my fingers I'm approved.  Otherwise, I'll have to wait for it to come out on April or May... which seems like an eternity!

The Vampire Dimitri is the second novel in Colleen Gleason's Regency Draculia Series.  Other novels include The Vampire Voss (Draculia #1 - Release March 2011) and The Vampire Narcise (Draculia #3 - Release June 2011).

From GoodReads:

Dimitri, the Earl of Corvindale, should be delighted that the headstrong Maia Woodmore is getting married. His mortal ward and houseguest has annoyed – and bewitched – the Dracule nobleman too long, and denying his animal cravings grows more excruciating by the day.

Miss Woodmore's family has a rather...complicated history with the immortals and she herself possesses a keen sensibility far beyond mere women's intuition. Marriage will give her safety, respectability, and everything else a proper young lady could wish for. Everything, that is, except for passion.

In the looming battle between Dracule factions, all pretenses will shatter as Maia and Dimitir come together in an unholy union of danger, desperation, and fiercest desire.

666 Park Avenue (Gabriella Pierce)

I've wanted to read this book since hearing about it a month or two back. I was actually going to buy it for my Kindle, but decided against it when I learned that it was more expensive than the paperback (which sparked a discussion about how much e-books should cost). The cover is so eye catching, I just love it.

From GoodReads:

What if your mother-in-law turned out to be an evil, cold-blooded witch . . . literally?

Ever since fabulously wealthy Malcolm Doran walked into her life and swept her off her feet, fledgling architect Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When he proposes with a stunning diamond to seal the deal, Jane can't believe her incredible luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job to make a new start with Malcolm in New York.

But when Malcolm introduces Jane to the esteemed Doran clan, one of Manhattan's most feared and revered families, Jane's fairy tale takes a darker turn. Soon everything she thought she knew about the world—and herself—is upended. Now Jane must struggle with newfound magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them.

I simply can't resist books that sound like this much fun!  I must admit, I got this book as an e-Arc via NetGalley, but haven't read it yet. It's not available for Kindle on NetGalley, which is my preference, so I'm debating whether to read it or just buy the book. It's still up the in the air at this point, but I may start it on my computer and if I'm really enjoying it, buy the (overpriced) e-book for Kindle.

So Shelly (Ty Roth)

I knew I wanted to read this book ever since I saw the cover. Yes, that's shallow, but the cover is just so beautiful!  It helps that the story is interesting, too, centered around Keats, Byron, and Shelly. I entered to win this book at A Fantatic's Book Blog and I actually won it! So, now I'm just waiting for it to come in the mail.  I cannot wait to get it!

So Shelly
From GoodReads:

Until now, high school junior, John Keats, has only tiptoed near the edges of the vortex that is schoolmate and literary prodigy, Gordon Byron. That is, until their mutual friend, Shelly, drowns in a sailing accident.

After stealing Shelly's ashes from her wake at Trinity Catholic High School, the boys set a course for the small Lake Erie island where Shelly's body had washed ashore and to where she wished to be returned. It would be one last "so Shelly" romantic quest. At least that's what they think. As they navigate around the obstacles and resist temptations during their odyssey, Keats and Gordon glue together the shattered pieces of Shelly's and their own pasts while attempting to make sense of her tragic and premature end.

Sounds good to me.  The book's gotten mixed reviews on GoodReads, but I'm reserving judgement until I can read it myself. I'm sure I'll enjoy it!  It should actually be here any day now... I'm checking my mailbox everyday.

There you have it, my wishlist for the week. I'm hoping to get these three books soon and get them read.  Reviews forthcoming, stay tuned!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Review: The Vampire Voss

Author: Colleen Gleason {site}
Genre: Supernatural, Dark Fantasy, Historical Romance
Format: Kindle (.mobi)
Published: March 2011
Disclosure: Received via e-ARC through NetGalley

Synopsis: {via amazon}

Voss, also known as Viscount Dewhurst, relishes the sensual pleasures immortality affords. A member of the Dracule—a cabal of powerful, secretive noblemen marked with a talisman that reveals their bartered souls—the mercenary Voss has remained carefully neutral…until Angelica.

Angelica Woodmore possesses the Sight, an ability invaluable to both sides of a looming war among the Dracule. Her very scent envelops Voss in a scarlet fog of hunger—for her body and her blood. But he is utterly unprepared for the new desire that overcomes him—to protect her.

Now Voss must battle his very nature to be with Angelica…but this vampire never backs down from a fight.


I've read a ton of vampire novels. You might say that I'm a vampire novel junkie. I love the Gothic, and vampires are a natural extension of the gothic -- heck, I'm doing my Master's thesis over the Gothic. So when I started this book, with a terrible feeling, I nearly put it down again.  The problem?  I didn't like it from the start. I didn't like Voss, at all, which made bearing him difficult. I didn't particularly like the Woodmore sisters, or Voss's vampire buddies, Brickbank and Eddersley, I didn't like any of them... except Dimitri. I loved him from the word go, which is what kept me reading.  It certainly wasn't Voss.

At least that's the way it began. I grumpily picked up my Kindle and kept reading, I made it my bedtime task to read a few "pages" (percent?) and try to get it read. That's when something happened... I actually started to like the book.  Somewhere along the line, Voss's character grew on me, Angelica grew on me, they all grew on me. Don't get me wrong, I still love Dimitri above all else, he's an amazing character and I cannot wait for The Vampire Dimitri to hit shelves.  Voss started, along the way, to become a sympathetic character, I began to connect with his emotional journey and the darkness under his rake-like shell. He became something more than a completely self-interested monster, he became a man I actually rooted for!  I wanted him to succeed, I wanted Angelica to want him.  I, quite frankly, couldn't stop turning the pages.

Of course, this is a review, so I'm not going to spill the ending. I'll just say this, I was very satisfied with how the novel ended.

Okay, now that I've spoken about my likes, I must say that there are things I didn't like, too. Mostly, those things go to formatting. Since the book's not out yet, and I'm not sure it'll be available for Kindle at all, I'm certain they'll fix the formatting. One thing I hope they make certain to fix is how the book goes from one point of view to another without warning.  No space, no astrisks, nothing... it just hops from one to the next and you're left trying to shift back and forth, it's almost dizzying.  Also, I found that the character names were quite distracting.  I never want to feel like the names in a supernatural novel are silly, it breaks suspension of disbelief in a major way.  I shouldn't be rolling my eyes at the names.

All in all, I really ended up enjoying this novel. I've already said that I love the Gothic, and vampires, but as a huge fan of historical romance, this book really pulled me in. Not from the start, but it did eventually keep me turning the page because I had to find out what happened next, and no so much because I was determined to finish the novel. Ultimately, I do recommend it to anyone who enjoys it's genres. It turns out to be a pretty good novel, well worth the read.  Definitely a good start to a new series.


Available for {paperback | kindle (??)}

Thursday, February 24, 2011

On my Kindle: What's Next!!

As a graduate student, working as a graduate assistant, my time for reading has to be carefully managed. Otherwise, I get nothing read, except the books for class.  As an avid reader, that's just acceptable. I have to be able to read for fun, too, else I go a little crazy! This is where my beloved Kindle comes in... I cannot believe there was life before Kindle.  How did I carry all those books around?!

With that in mind, here's what I have lined up for the next feel reads...

Currently Reading

Colleen Gleason's The Vampire Voss is my current read, and I must say, it's taking me a while to warm up to it. It's a vampire story, as the name suggests, and while I normally fall in love with vampire tales, I'm really struggling to connect to this book.  I'm trying, however, to reserve judgment until I've gotten it finished. So far, it makes really great bedtime reading (especially thanks to my Kindle's lighted cover).  It shouldn't be long until I have it finished and reviewed.  The one thing I know, without a doubt, is that I will be picking up the next book in the series The Vampire Dimitri when it comes out.  Voss is okay, but I am absolutely in love with Dimitri!!

The Vampire Voss is set to release March 22, 2011. I'm not certain what formats will be available, but I'll keep you posted.

Disclaimer: This book was made available to me via e-ARC through NetGalley.

Up Next

I've recieved several review requests lately (thank you!) and have queued up those novels for my next reads in the order that I received them. So, those up next include:

- New World Orders by Edward G. Talbot is next in line and I cannot wait to read it!
- My Sparkling Misfortune by Laura Lond
- The Summoner by Layton Green

Graciously, all of these books have been made available to me by the authors, for review, and I'm truly looking forward to reading each one (in the next few weeks, I promise!!).

So what about you?  I'd be interested to hear what others are reading!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Review: The Goblin Market by Jennifer Hudock

Author: Jennifer Hudock {sitetwitteramazonfacebook}
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Format: Kindle (.mobi)
Published: January 2011
Disclosure: Purchased

Synopsis: {via amazon}

Beyond the Goblin Market lies the remains of a lost and broken kingdom divided by war. The war has been over for centuries, but the kingdoms still stand apart, overrun by a creeping goblin darkness known as the Darknjan Wald. It has been written that only one holds the power to destroy that darkness and reunite the kingdoms, but she has no memory of her former life.

Meredith Drexler must save her sister, Christina, from the wicked goblin king, Kothar, who has kidnapped the girl in order to convince Meredith to uphold an ancient commitment Meredith doesn't remember making. Sent Upland disguised as a human child, she has no recollection of her former faerie life, or her uncle's promised marriage betrothal to Kothar.

When she ventures back Underground in search of Christina, every step Meredith takes brings memories of her forgotten past back to the surface. As the pressures of her former life entangle with her quest to save her kidnapped sister, Meredith's predetermined fate is revealed. Will she embrace it, or walk away forever from a life she barely remembers as her own?


There was a time, not all that long ago, that I swore I would never read another self-published book. I was scarred by a certain, frightfully disappointing novel for which I had gotten my hopes way, way up. Well, that was then and this is now, and I have to tell you, I'm not only starting to come around, I'm there. I've learned that not all indie authors are careless, lackluster editors with a novel and a dream, some of them are rather amazingly talented authors who simply want to share their work without jumping through the fiery hoops that accompany traditional publishing.

One such author/editor is Jennifer Hudock, author of Goblin Market. I first encountered this dark fantasy, the first book in her "Into the Green" series, when she began podcasting it in the summer of 2009. I was instantly taken with the story, eagerly awaiting each episode, and trust me when I say that I was never disappointed.  In the intervening year and a half, Jennifer has edited the Goblin Market, releasing it in e-book format last month. No surprise, I scooped up a copy the first weekend it was available and set to getting reacquainted with Meridith's journey into the Darknjan Wald, where she risks all to save her sister, Christina, from the goblin king, Kothar.

Inspired by Christina Rosetti's poem by the same name, and by the film Labyrinth (Henson/LucasArts 1986), Hudock's Goblin Market is a completely engrossing. Her characters are well developed and sympathetic, including Kothar, who I loved despite myself. Though it's abundantly clear that he's the villain, I couldn't help but sympathize with where he was coming from. After all, who doesn't want a villain driven by unrequited love? And I, in turn, fell in love with him, flaws and all. Otherwise, the dark and fantastic settings, from the English countryside to the dangerous Darknjan Wald, are rich and vivid in detail. The book is at times humorous, at others remarkably dark, our heroine persevering dispite the many deadly challenges presented along the way.  There're many twists, accompanied by some terribly sad moments, neither of which I'm going to share here -- you'll just have to read the book!

I'm sure, then, that it will come as no surprise that I highly, highly recommend this book. Jennifer does fantasy as a genre, as well as her influences, immense justice with this work. I simply cannot say enough good about this debut novel and I cannot wait for the follow-up, Jack in the Green. Goblin Market is so reasonably priced, at $0.99, that it's definitely a steal. It's well worth ten times as much! Now go, buy the book, what're you waiting for?!


Available for {kindle | pdf | nook | paperback (limited)} at {amazon | smashwords | author | barnes & noble}

*Cover by Jennifer Hudock

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless - Gail Carriger Author: Gail Carriger {site | twitter | amazon | facebook}
Genre: Steampunk, Historical, Romance, Supernatural
Format: Kindle (.mobi)
Publisher: Orbit/Hachette Book Group
Published: October 2009

Disclosure: Purchased

Synopsis: {via amazon}

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart? SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.


Above all, this book is absolutely hilarious!  Alexia Tarabotti is a half-Italian spinster with no prospects, and no soul, but she's more than willing to accept both circumstances with, if not cheer, grace. I knew when I purchased the book that it was reputedly funny, but I didn't expect this level of quirk. I've honestly never read anything quite like it, which is, I suspect, why Gail Carriger's books are so popular. Her style is unique and easy to follow, her characters develop at a natural pace as the story unfolds, and no ends are left loose.  They mystery, one that Alexia is not all together unprepared to solve, and which she certainly does not solve alone, is fun and unpredictable.

Soulless is a steampunk, historical romance, heavily invested in the supernatural. All of the primary characters are supernaturals, or preternatural, of some sort with very few exceptions. Supernaturals include a hearty mix of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and, of course, the soulless.  While the novel is very funny, the level of quirky comedy interferes with the other plot elements, making it hard to immerse in every aspect of the plot. I find it a tad difficult to go from laughing out loud to being touched by romantic moments, the gears just don't shift that swiftly, especially when the romance is infused with comedy.  I suspect, however, that this is intentional on the part of Ms. Carriger, so the novel's not taken too seriously at any point. Even when the characters are in danger, they're quite amusing, especially amusing is Alexia's insistence on manners at the strangest moments.

The one thing I was a bit put off by was the fact that in the story/setting there are less female supernaturals/preternatural than there are male because women have less soul than men -- content of soul affects the ability to survive the metamorphosis. As the novel was written by a woman, I'm not precisely offended by it, but it didn't slip my notice. It could be that Carriger is making a comedic statement about the male/female dynamic, or it could just be the case that I'm over-thinking it entirely!  Either way, this one small thing was certainly not enough to keep me from loving the book, nor from buying the next book in the series!

I highly recommend Gail Carriger's Soulless to readers who enjoy historical romance, steampunk, and the supernatural. While the novel borders on chick lit, I feel like men could enjoy it just the same!  Tiny little warning, this novel does include adult content, and though said adult content is fairly subdued, this book is probably not for children.


Available formats: {paperback | kindle | nookbook}

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Web for Book Lovers:

While reading the fantastic Book Blogging 101 content at Parajunkee's View this weekend (she offers a good deal of truly inspired advice), I was fortunate enough to learn about NetGalley and wanted to pass the information along to anyone who, like me, was completely unaware of the fact that it existed at all. If you love to read, and are dying to get your paws on some ARC's, this is definitely the website for you!

So what is it?

NetGalley is a website dedicated to connecting publishers, and books, with readers. It's that simple. They supply electronic ARC's to readers interested in reviewing them, but reviews are not actually required. The books are all electronic, some of which are available for Kindle. There are a huge number of books obtainable, from self-help to science fiction and romance. There's certainly something there for everyone!

How does it work?

Simply go to NetGalley's website and sign up. It's completely free. Once you're all signed up, you'll want to fill out your profile information, telling publishers what your interests are. Be sure to check out their quick start guide for information about how to get going. The quick start guide also has some great information about filling out your profile, setting up your Kindle, and requesting galleys.

Free, e-ARC's... What's the catch?

You'll love this, are you ready for it... there really isn't one! Once you request a book, NetGalley sends your request to the publisher and it's either accepted or rejected. NetGalley will suggest, if your request is denied, that you update your profile (sound advice, that). However, some of the available titles are auto-accept, making them available to be read whenever you're ready.

Oh, one more thing, the books available through NetGalley are only available for a reading period of 60 days. Two months is generally more than enough time to get a book read, but should it not be, you can go back to NetGalley and re-download the book again for another 60 day reading period. The only exception to this rule is that a book becomes unavailable for download when the publisher archives the book.

What will I need?

A computer and Adobe's Digital Editions Software, which is completely free. The software is something akin to Kindle for Computer, allowing you to read books that are formated for it. If, by chance, you want to read your books on the go, many are available in Kindle format. You can also download the books to any mobile device compatible with Adobe's software, including the iPhone.


What're you waiting for?  Go check out NetGalley and enjoy their offerings. I've just started using their site, but have gotten three books so far, all of which I will be reviewing -- both here and on NetGalley-- just as soon as I get them read. Good luck and, if you're in a huge hurry, you can thank me later! ;)

Image via NetGalley

Thursday, February 3, 2011

e-Books: What Would You Pay?

I took a short, informal poll on twitter this morning regarding the cost of e-books, and the responses I got were interesting. You see, I was looking to buy a book (666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce) when I realized that the Kindle e-book was a dollar and a half more expensive than the paperback. While part of the reason to have gotten a Kindle was to slow the build-up of books around my already helplessly overcrowded little house, I have a problem paying more for an e-book than for a paperback. There's nothing physical to drive up the cost, so a physical book should always be more expensive, in my opinion, than an e-book which is formated and transmitted electronically. I understand that a great deal of work went into producing the book, and I wouldn't have had a problem if they were the same price, or if the e-book was only slightly cheaper. I just don't want to pay more for pixels than for paperbacks.

So what did my twitter pals say?

Well, the responses were mixed.

While some said they would never pay more for an e-book than for paperbacks, others said they didn't count cost in the benefits/drawbacks of the e-reader. I even got one response that said it's situational and depended upon how much she needed the book. The more urgently she needed the book, the more likely she would be to pay more for an e-book.  One pal, who I've known for quite some time, had no opinion but to agree that the book I was looking at sounded amazing and that he would have to read it!

So what about you? Would you pay more for an e-book than for a paperback? Does cost factor into your decision to buy an e-book? Do you think e-books are the devil's spawn sent as the harbinger of the destruction of all of book-kind? Drop me a comment and let me know what you think, I'm really interested, especially since my little twitter poll yielded such mixed results.

Image via TNW

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2011

Last year, I signed up Book Chick City's Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge and though I didn't do very well, I'm signing up again in hopes that this year will be different.  I finished about half of the books I put on my list last year, which isn't bad considering all I have going on. That said, I'm sure this year will go better and to make that happen, I'm going to share books with the other challenge I'm also doing!

So what am I reading? Here's my list...

- Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger
- Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger
- Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger
- Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate #4) by Gail Carriger
- Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
- Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper -- Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
- A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
- The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
- Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
- Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke
- Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory

As I said, about half of these books are on my 2011 Busy Bookworm Reading Challenge list, also. You can find this list, along with the other, on my Reading Challenges page, if you're interested. So, now that you know what I'm reading, why don't you hop on over to Book Chick City and sign up for the challenge yourself?  So it's already February, consider it an additional challenge!

As I finish the books for this challenge, and the other, I'll be doing reviews, so check back!  Happy Reading!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

E-Books & the Environment

Ever since I was a little girl, I've been conscious of my impact on the environment -- I even sent McDonald's a letter, when I was 8 years old, asking them to stop using Styrofoam. While I'm not one of those people who believe that humans are the cause of global warming, or that we're destroying the planet, I do believe that we should all make an attempt to keep our planet clean. We live here, we use the earth's resources, and we should try to be as careful with those resources as possible. That's where I come in on the environment, so when I bought my Kindle earlier this month (well, actually it was in mid-January), a consideration for me was certainly the environmental impact of an e-reader over traditional print media.

By way of full disclosure, I should tell you, I love books. This isn't a secret. Anyone who knows me knows that I love everything about books, the scent, the feel; I love books so much that I use to be an avid opponent of e-publishing in all forms. Naïvely, I believed that e-books were destroying the tactile experiences I associated with my beloved books. I've since come to my senses and have very strong opinions about the future of publishing and how e-publishing comes into that future. I have friends who self-publish, or publish with small press, in e-book format for all e-readers, including the Amazon Kindle. All that said, I'm keenly aware that books, that tactile experience I love so much, is made of paper and that paper is trees. Paper means that somewhere, trees were cut down, and there're few things I dislike more than the wanton destruction of nature for my personal enjoyment. Of course, paper's not the only problem, but also the fact that for every book I held in my hand, transportation burned fuel to get it to me. Buying books online, something we're all guilty of, is no better. The mail brings us those books at a price to the environment. So we didn't drive to Barnes & Noble, or Hastings, to get that book, someone had to drive it to us or we wouldn't have it.

When we think, then, about our carbon footprint, we usually take into account the things we do in our direct, everyday lives that consume resources. What we fail to consider, in most cases, are the things others do on our behalf that likewise consumes resources. Books, though we may love them, increase our carbon footprint. Of this, I'm aware. So, when I realized I could buy books with one click, that they would arrive at my Kindle in a matter of seconds, and that I could read them without the expenditure of natural resources, I really liked that idea. Not to mention, I tend toward terrible impatience.  I want books when I buy them, not in two or three days, but now.  I know, patience is a virtue, but one I've never managed to master.

Now before I sound more like a raving tree hugger (not that there's anything wrong with raving tree huggers), I should say that the environment is not the only reason I bought the Kindle.  It is a reason, but not the reason. Still, the environment is a big thing for me and my awareness of it where books are concerned is not to be understated.  I'm also aware that environmental resources are consumed in the creation and distribution of the Kindle and other e-readers, they're not without their own environmental impact, but I would argue that it's much smaller than that of traditional print media.

Interestingly, recent studies show that e-readers might not be more efficient than books, but there's a catch.  According to EcoLibris, the New York Times published a story in December 2009 that suggests that e-readers are only more ecologically friendly if you read more than 40 books per year.  Not everyone reads at a rate that's high enough to make any sort of dent in the environment by reading traditional print media.  To that, I would argue that those books are being published anyway, whether an individual consumer reads 10 books or 100 books per year, they'll sell to someone, so the impact is made.  In other words, the focus should be on the publishing industry, not the individual.  If, however, more people began to read via e-reader, then less books would be published and distributed, decreasing consumption considerably.

Of course, I don't believe books should be put out of print. Far from it, after all, I love books. I just feel like more awareness should be brought not only to the environmental ramifications of traditional print practices, but also to the changes occurring in the publishing industry. Oh, and did I mention that e-books are cheaper than print books?  So much so, in fact, that thousands of classics are completely free. I'm all about saving green while saving green!!

Since getting my Kindle a few weeks ago, I've ordered upwards of a dozen books and downloaded another dozen or so free books. I read well over 40 books a year (when time permits), so it's more then economical for me to have bought it, especially since the Kindle wins the eco-friendly e-book reading race, with Sony close behind, for their immense battery life. I love my Kindle and the fact that it makes me feel like I'm doing the right thing by the environment is an added bonus that helps that 8 year old girl in me, the one who sent a letter to a franchise to protest their packaging, sleep better at night.