This Week's Informal Poll – Your Input Requested!

Last week, I thought I would try something different and have an informal poll where you could interact and share your ideas via the comments section of the blog.  I thought it would get a few responses, but I was blown away at the level of participation – over 1,100 comments, and it has been the most viewed page (of all the pages) of the blog, ever.

If you missed the question in that post – do you read one book or multiple books at a time – you can click here or type in into your web browser to answer the question and interact with the other blog members.

For those of you who don’t know, I went to Texas A&M for school and there’s a phrase there (among many) to summarize says if you do it once it becomes a tradition.  Well, seeing as how a lot of people enjoyed the last informal poll question, I am going to try a few over the next few Saturdays and see how it goes.  If you are reading this post on your e-Ink Kindle or received the post via email, you can always see this week’s poll question if you click here or type in into your web browser.

So, here’s this week’s informal poll question courtesy of blog reader Stacey Gates: “which model of Kindle do you prefer?”  Let us know in the comments section just below this post and give us some commentary / details behind your answer as you see fit!

I’ll start it off: after several years of primarily using my trusty Kindle Keyboard, with a few reads on my Kindle DX because I really like the larger screen, over the last two months I have been exclusively using my 8.9” Kindle Fire tablet with 4G.  Why?  Primarily because I can pop over and get a few rounds of Words with Friends or another game in, check my email real fast, then switch back over to my book all without leaving my easy chair or switching devices.

What about you?  Please answer away in the comments section below this post on the blog’s website.  If you are reading this post on your e-Ink Kindle or received the post via email, you can always see this week’s poll question if you click here or type in into your web browser.

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Michael Gallagher



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  1. says

    For serious reading I like the Kindle Touch the best. The 8.9 Fire HD is just too heavy to hold up one-handed for long periods of time, my wrist gets sore. The HD is great to take with you though because you can read, play games, surf, etc while sitting in a doctors office waiting….

  2. Tracy Bynum says

    I like my Fire on the bedside table for insomniac reading and checking tennis scores around the world; paperwhite everywhere else because I live in Florida where e-ink is a necessity :-)

  3. Diana Austin says

    I like my regular Kindle. It's cheap enough on the wallet, light enough to hold, and I love my page forward/back buttons.

  4. says

    I had the kindle keyboard and traded with my son who had the basic kindle. I like that it is so lightweight. I can drop it in my purse and carry it with me always. However, I really really want a paperwhite now. I played with one at Best Buy and I'm seriously considering one. The frugal side of me though is saying "do you really need to buy this when you have a perfectly good kindle?" The other side of me is crying "yes, yes, we need the precious"!!!!

  5. Ann Welton says

    I LOVE, LOVE my 8.9" Fire – the size, going back and forth to everything. Cannot live without it. Also have the smaller Fire, good for travel and appointments. Thanks Amazon!!

  6. Bart Palumbo says

    I use my Samsung galaxy s 3 to read the books using the kindle app. I read on the train on my way to work. I also plug in my headphones and listen to my music. When are you going to start sending Movies, just kidding im so thankful for the books you do so much work for us already.
    Thank You,
    Bart Palumbo and my 3 nieces and nephews…The Kindle Kids.

  7. says

    I love my Kindle Fire 8.9" for everything it does. I started out with a Kindle keyboard, progressed to original Kindle Fire, now have the 8.9. Gread for reading books, amazing email and, words with friends.

  8. Tuwanna Rainbolt says

    Mostly the 8.9 Fire HD because I can surf other websites, watch videos, etc. and then my Paperwhite when I am only interested in reading and because it fits in my purse so I take it everywhere.

  9. Nina Rosalie Mills says

    I don't use a Kindle per se, I use my IPod with the Kindle app and read multiple books at once. Usually a mystery and cookbook at the same time. I can do everything on my IPod without a monthly fee, including phone, text, and Words with Friends.

  10. Deirdre Popp says

    I love my Kindle keyboard. When I'm picking up my kids at school (and waiting for them to inevitably be the last kids to leave the building), I can read and turn pages with my mittens on. We had high temps below 15 F all week. 'Nuff said.

  11. Carma-Lu Thompson says

    I use the Fire primarily. 8.9 is to heavy for long term reading. I even like the Fire better when watching a movie alone. Screen size is fine and it is light enough to carry around one handed while I am doing things around the house.

  12. says

    I have been using the smaller Kindle Fire HD for many of the reasons Michael listed. I can read, play a game, check email, surf the web if needed, and better reading in low light conditions. I prefer the smaller size for portability and weight. It works well, but might need my Kindle keyboard for reading in the sun.

  13. says

    I have the new 8.9" Kindle also& &love it. Being older,having the larger screen makes it easy for me to read and type( I fat finger a lot) . I can do everything I need or want to from it without having to go into another room.

  14. June Alex Ferris says

    I still love my original Keyboard, but since getting the Paperwhite last fall, I am loving it more and more……dreamy! And I spend more time on my Original Fire now by far than my computer! And my Touch? Hate it……has about 50 unread free books just sitting around as I gradually transfer books over. Nope, can't give it away……no one wants it. My husband has left me for his New Fire…..loves it! Oh, and my father and father-in-law both Aggies!

  15. says

    I love my Kindle Touch! It's lightweight, long-lasting battery, some fun games, and easy to use as an e-reader. It's the only one I own so it's hard to make an objective comparison.

  16. Cherie Charli Brooks Acevedo says

    I only have the (older) Kindle with keyboard. (I've tried to win the Kindle Fire many times, as we have 4 kids at home ages 3 1/2 to 16 so I don't buy many special purchases for myself.) I love my Kindle, but the Kindle Fire, and the Paperwhite, look like great upgrades. :)

  17. Lisa Saldana Rigney says

    I started with the original Kindle then upgraded to to Kindle keyboard and finally a Kindle Fire. I traded in my Fire because I absolutely love my Kindle keyboard. It's lighter and I love it.

  18. says

    I love to read on my kindle keyboard. It is light and therefor I love it for reading. But I also own a fire and I love it mainly for playing games and getting on facebook or to browse on line stores.

  19. says

    I have the Kindle keyboard, which I have all of my non-amazon content stored, and I also have the Kindle Fire HD. I prefer the Fire, because I will usually play background music while reading & can do both with the Fire HD, though I have nothing but positive things to say about the Kindle Keyboard.

  20. Barbara Bisignano says

    Next to my bed I have my original Kindle black and white. I think it is the DX. I do have an Acer tablet that does everything else that I take everywhere. For simple reading too lull me to sleep, who needs anything else?

  21. Craig Harder says

    All I've ever used is the Kindle Fire, I don't know about the others maybe someday I'll get a chance to use them. I honestly don't know how I got along without it.

  22. Roni Lepore says

    I use Kindle 3 (keyboard)…thinking about changing it for Paperwhite. I use Samsung Note tablet for everything else (no interest in Fire).

  23. Debbie Tapp says

    I love my Kindle Keyboard -use it every day and carry it in my purse 100% of the time. I love having 100s of my free books with me all the time :)
    My sad part is that the prior owner did something that caused the plastic frame to crack at the "hinges" and I will need to replace it with the $69 version when it finishes its self destruction.

  24. says

    I . don't have much of a basis for comparison
    . I started with a first generation Kindle Fire and now have a 7" Kindle Fire HD. I prefer the Nd because of the navigation.

  25. Darlene Milner says

    I started with Gen 2 keyboard. Since then I picked up a Toshiba Tablet, then the Fire. I like the readability of the Gen 2 and the text-to-speech works best on this one. I like my Tablet for games and internet. So I loaned my Fire to my friend who was going through Chemo therapy. When my Gen 2 got too full and started being unstable I bought a Gen3 keyboard. I don't like it nearly as well as I do the Gen 2. Even though Gen 3 has text-to-speech it isn't as human sounding as the Gen 2 and it relies on my own internet so it can't just grab books willy nilly. Gen 2 wins for me. Just wish it had more room. I have over 3k of books in the cloud.

  26. says

    Kindle Fire HD 7". It is my first kindle and I received it as a Christmas gift. I have read more books in a month than I have read in the last 2 years. Love, love, love it. It is the first reader of any type I have owned. It was also valuable because my daughter could facebook and play games when we traveled without a laptop.

  27. Judy Jabaay Schaafsma says

    All I have is a Kindle Fire so I'll have to say that. I also have a basic Nook and like reading that better when I'm outside. Kindle Fire is great when I can't sleep and want to read without waking up my husband!

  28. says

    We have 5 different Kindles in our home and I greatly prefer the 8.9" HD wifi. Besides the larger screen, it is a bit more responsive than the other models. The Paperwhite, however, is great for reading in sun, shade or darkness and the battery life can't be beat.

  29. says

    I got my kindle fire forChristmas of '11 & thanks to you, Michael, I have read 113 free books in that time. I have amazon prime and watch tons of video, currently watching "Fringe" from the beginng. I get on FB. I play games. I am very happy with my Fire

  30. says

    KindleHD 8.9– I REALLY enjoy the larger size and keyboard. The only drawback, so far, is some of my facebook apps. don' t work appropriately. Amazon needs to upgrade at least half of them B4 they' ll work!

  31. Trish Hanson says

    I have a 2nd gen Kindle Fire 7" (no HD) It's my first kindle product. I love it. I debated on the HD KF but I didn't feel the need for the HD since I already own a droid razr and have a latop; the HD just seemed a lot of fluff and unnecessary. I use it to play games, surf the web when I'm away from home, and tons of reading. I haven't read this many books in literally 10 years. I take it with me everywhere. I'm glad I got the smaller KF, the larger KF would've been a hassle to carry around and definitely gotten to heavy to hold based on how much I use my KF. I have a friend that has the 8.9 KF HD. It's nice but honestly it's heavy and doesn't look much different than my KF. I'm very content with my 7" KF and have no plans to upgrade or change to a different kindle model.

  32. Patricia Piper Myers says

    I have all the Kindles and loved them, but now I read everything on my iPad which I like better than the Kindles.

  33. Julie Scoggins says

    I have the 7" Kindle Fire HD and love it, but I got my husband the original Kindle. It's difficult for me to use because I'm so used to the touchscreen, but I'm afraid this summer I'll have to steal if for reading outdoors. Still, Kindle Fire HD is the BEST because I can switch between apps, games, check facebook and read all at the same time. It's great that I can take it with me everywhere!

  34. says

    I love my Kindle Fire because I can play games.check E Mail and go right back to my books.I usually read more than one book at a time.I still use my Kindle for going out where i have to wait because it is small but I sure do love my Kindles!!!!!

  35. Deanna Holle says

    Love my Fire. I've never tried any of the others, but would never want one that isn't backlit. I just got the Roo case & love it for propping it when I get tired of holding it.

  36. Deanna Holle says

    check Amazon for the Roo case. It has been on sale & it allows me to prop my fire so that I don't have to hold it all of the time.

  37. says

    I have had my kindle keyboard for a couple of years now. I guess I have not reason to go purchase anything else since this one does the job. Love it. When it dies. I will get another kindle, of course a upgraded one by reading your reviews on the different kindles available.

  38. says

    I don't have much to compare. My daughter-in-law suggested the Kindle Fire and I love it as to reading, checking email and Facebook. This is my first non-smartphone purchase and for me, the only thing I can't do is make calls. Love it!

  39. Jennifer Crawford says

    I have owned a Kindle Keyboard and now the Paperwhite. I LOVE the Paperwhite for being touchscreen and, of course, having a backlight finally. That was my biggest problem with the Keyboard. I have also used two different versions of the Kindle Fire. Admittedly it IS awesome and I enjoyed the apps. My favorite part was using my EW subscription to download full magazines on it. Even with those perks though I've decided to stick with the Paperwhite. I have an iPhone and a laptop so I don't need the "bells and whistles" of the Fire. My main reason for NOT getting a Fire though? Not being able to arrange my books in collections. If I hear lots of good feedback about the Collections app by Michael, then it might be worth a switch in the future…?

  40. says

    I had a Kindle 2 that I loved. I just got a Kindle Paperwhite and I love it more! It is so light and I like not having to have a separate light to read in low light. I'm getting more used to the touch screen and I recommend it to people who are interested in getting a Kindle.

  41. Michele Severn-Smith says

    I've only had this kindle which is the paperwhite which i chose because i can read I'm bed all tucked up without lights, and got to say I'm not disappointed i love it :-)

  42. Linda Golden Coburn says

    I love my Kindle keyboard… I thought about the Kindle Fire and couldn't wait to buy one… I changed my mind, I don't like some of the things about it… I'll keep my keyboard, besides I already have a tablet so I really can't justify

  43. Pam Terry says

    I am very happy with the Fire for reading and games, but the Kindle Keyboard is great for reading outside or when the battery goes dead on the Fire. I'm happy with both for the time being…

  44. Grace McMillin says

    absolutely love my Kindle Fire HD and use it exclusively. I thought I'd still use my Kindle keyboard occasionally, but now I' m just too spoiled by the HD. I read on it, play games, check my calendar and email, and read the news.

  45. says

    My first kindle was the older version with keyboard and i absolutely loved it. Since then i have used kindle on my 10.1 tablet and my husbands kindle fire and much prefer the larger screen on my tablet and also the ease of going back and forth between kindle and email etc., like you said Michael. Keep up the good work, it is appreciated!

  46. says

    I have a Kindle with eink that I love for reading. My son has a Fire that he loves for games. I'm not sure I'd want to read on that. I was thinking of getting my Husband the Fire HD 4G, but wonder about how much it costs for a monthly 3GB or 5GB data package. Do you know where I can find those prices?

  47. says

    I have only ever had a Kindle Fire. Got it for my birthday last September. My mom has a basic Kindle, and my dad has a different one yet. I mostly use it to read books, find it hard to use to surf the internet, and don't use many apps, so I guess I could have chosen something else. I was not aware in September about all the other choices, such as the Kindle paperwhite. That's probably what I would otherwise have gone with. But I love my Fire, and will stick with that for quite some time, I suspect.

  48. Jill Bauman says

    Started with a Kindle Keyboard, until my daughter borrowed it and decided she needed to keep it. Went to a Fire, but its so much heavier that I went to a basic Kindle, until the Paperwhite came out. That is by far my favorite. Gave the basic to hubby to entice him into ebooks, and he is now sold!

  49. D Vicky Ulrich says

    I have the kindle fire and my hubby has the he and we love both just as long as we can read and watch movies and games life is good.

  50. Jennifer Nelson says

    I have the fire now but thinking of upgrading to one of the new ones, my college is going to the books online.

  51. Teddy Van Hoosen says

    My kindle and a diet pepsi got into a fight and the pepsi won :( so I downloaded my library to my laptop and desk top and read off them. Now I have a cell phone and I can take my whole world of books with me!! IS LIFE GOOD OR WHAT???

  52. Deanna Holle says

    Collections app is better than without a way to sort, but I have so many books that it is very time-consuming to get them all sorted & it doesn't show covers so I've had to look up most of the books to see what they are before categorizing them. I wish they came from Amazon pre-labled with the basic genres & from there I could do more if I wanted. I have the Fire.

  53. Teresa LM says

    Kindle fire he. Love the screen size and the fact that thd screen turns so I can sit in a chair or lay down to read. I can even prop it up.

  54. says

    I used to use the Kindle Keyboard but recently upgraded to the Paper white and I absolutely love it. The Kindle Fire is too hard on the eyes when reading for any length of time.

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