Webster's Dictionary defines "kindle" as this:
kindle–verb (used with object)
1. to start (a fire); cause (a flame, blaze, etc.) to begin burning.
2. to set fire to or ignite (fuel or any combustible matter).
3. to excite; stir up or set going; animate; rouse; inflame: He kindled their hopes of victory.
4. to light up, illuminate, or make bright: Happiness kindled her eyes.
I define kindle as this:
Ain't it purdy?
I can't believe I actually have one--Thank you Coolest Mother Ever. I was hesitant, I have to admit. Way hesitant. I didn't know if reading the printed page would be the same as reading the Kindle screen--It is! It really is! There are books on my shelves that haven't gotten hand-time and are extremely jealous right now.
But at this point, I don't care. (Sorry, sad little Sudden Death. Don't look so glum. Your Death came *rather Suddenly* before the Kindle graced my fingers. I started Carnal Sin, the second in Allison Brennan's Seven Deadly Sins series, and am now hooked beyond repair--Sudden Death is waiting until the other five in the series are written and published. Get to it, Brennan! *wink)
The rest can sit for awhile longer. At least until I've finished a book or two on the New and Interesting. They should understand the excitement and wonder. I've got a bright and shiny new Kindle 3 with 3G for crying out loud! (Thank you again Coolest Mother Ever! Wasn't that the perfect gift for getting an e-pub contract? An e-reader to e-read my e-book? Heh.)
I'm excited. Stirred up. Roused. Inflamed. Illuminated with joy. The true definition of kindle.
But don't worry books on my shelves, I won't set fire or ignite you. You won't become kindle. Not until I download you, anyway.