Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ruled that you’ll soon be able to read ebooks, play games and watch videos on electronic devices during an entire flight, like by the end of the year. This is great news for traveling families since, let’s be honest, that 10-minute wait from the time a plane departs (until the plane gets above 10,000 feet) to use the Kindle or iPad can seem like an eternity when traveling with small children who need to be entertained.
To celebrate, Amazon is having a one-day sale on Kindles. So if you’ve been thinking about getting one, today is the day. I got the Kindle Fire last year as a Christmas present and absolutely love reading books, playing Solitaire and surfing Facebook from my Kindle. All Kindles are 15%-off when you enter promo code ThnksFAA at check-out. So, today only (11/4), the basic Kindle is $59 (reg: $69), the Kindle Fire HD is $118 (reg: $139) and the Kindle Fire HDX is $195 (reg: $229).
If you decide to pick up a Kindle today, make sure to grab a few ebooks to get you started. Here are a few of my favorites:
Gone Girl ($6.99): I hate to admit that I’m not a big reader, but I could not put this one down. It’s an amazingly suspenseful novel and the end of every chapter leaves you in a place where you just can’t stop reading. So, if you think you’ll get the Kindle to yourself for a few minutes, pick this one up.
Bossypants ($5.99): Who doesn’t love Tina Fey, right? This is another book that I just couldn’t stop reading (those are the best kinds of books). My husband and I both loved 30 Rock, and you’ll find the same type of humor here. A fun read.
Touch & Go ($9.99): Another great suspense thriller. Not as good as Gone Girl, but I still had to keep reading this book. Since finishing this book I’ve read a few more books by Lisa Gardner, including a short story or two of hers.
You’ll also find a number of free and cheap ebooks that will help you out in your travels. Take a look:
100 Free Things to Do in… ($.99): There’s a whole series of books on 100 free things to do in popular cities, like Seattle, New York and Chicago. These are worth a look if you want to save and have fun.
Walt Disney World: An Unofficial Guide to Planning a Magical Vacation ($.99): If you’re thinking about taking the kids to see Mickey Mouse or are planning a visit for over the holidays, this is a helpful read.
Here We Are & There We Go ($3.99): This book is all about traveling as a family and teaching children about the world along the way. Definitely a great read with lots of very good reviews.
One other book worth checking out for your Kindle is The Travel Mamas’ Guide: How to Vacation with Babies and Children…and Stay Sane ($9.99). Written by Colleen Lanin, a friend of mine that I’ve met several times now at travel conferences, this is a fun and helpful read for anyone traveling with little ones.
Do you have any favorite reads, or even apps, that are must-haves for your Kindle? Let me know in the comments section below.
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