A Kindle for Survival?

OK, it’s time for me to deal with a subject I’ve been avoiding because I’m not sure promoting an Amazon Kindle really fits on a blog about preparedness and survival. But then again it might…maybe…sort of…kind of…

Well, I’ll send the flag up the pole and see if anybody salutes.

Like so many of us, I have a love-hate relationship with technology. So much of it’s necessary these days. But one of these days we may find ourselves in a world where the clock has been turned back 200 years. Then what?

Print books don’t require batteries or an online connection, and they’re portable, too. Plus, anybody who knows how to read can read any book they pick up, unless it’s in a foreign language. E-books will only play on whatever e-book reader they’re designed for. As a result, I’ve been reluctant to encourage readers here to buy a Kindle.

But a couple things changed my mind enough to convince me to write about this. Besides, who am I to tell you not to buy something if you can truly make use of it? You might as well ride the technology horse for as long as you can stay in the saddle and don’t get bucked off.

I read online about somebody who takes her Kindle with her when she goes camping. She refers to survival manuals and cookbooks she’s downloaded onto it. What a great idea!

Of course, there’s the proverbial battery issue. At some point when you least expect it, that Kindle—like your cell phone-will die on you right when you’re in the middle of something important.

But maybe that’s just me being negative. If you’ve got the means to charge a Kindle no matter where you are, go for it.

There’s one other benefit to a Kindle I hadn’t thought of until it was pointed out to me. You can use it to give books a trial run.

I was on a teleconference call with a small press book publisher who expressed her bewilderment about the future of printed books. She mentioned that Amazon sells more e-books now than printed books. Even she reads more e-books on her Kindle than print books. But if there’s something she really likes, she’ll buy the hard copy edition.

It so happens that the Amazon Kindle Store has the largest selection of the most popular books people are reading. Many books I’ve recommended here are available for the Kindle, and you might even pay less for them than for the print copy.

The Kindle is so popular that, since its release, It’s been the Number One bestselling product across the millions of items sold on Amazon. That’s incredible, isn’t it? Has anybody ever plumbed the depths of everything else Amazon sells? And to think, the Kindle is at the top of the heap. Naturally, Amazon believes the Kindle is the best e-reader on the market.

So here’s the bottom line. If you can make use of a Kindle and you think it will help with your survival preparations, go for it. But buyer be advised.

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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

5 thoughts on “A Kindle for Survival?”

  1. The danger of a kindle or some such reader is the battery issue and potential for misuse. Despite warnings about GPS durablility and reliability, people still take a GPS alone as their navigation source, and leave their map and compass at home. A Kindle could cause the same type of misuse.
    Despite the nice affiliate percentage fee for selling kindles on websites, I wouldn’t recommend one as a survival tool.

    1. I understand completely. What you say is in large part why I haven’t mentioned the Kindle previously. I truly wrestled with this before deciding to publish today’s post. Plus, I’m not saying anybody has to absolutely get a Kindle for survival. You’ll notice the question mark in the title.

  2. Here’s a comment forwarded to me from Gerald, who’s having trouble getting comments through the usual way here. (It’s one of those behind the scenes things I’m looking into.)

    Gerald says:

    The value of the Kindle for survival could be before there is an emergency. It can be used for accessing information useful in survival situations when battery or access is not a problem.

  3. The Kindle could perhaps be one of the greatest survival tools ever. The sheer volume of data that one can carry is breathtaking to say the least. Battery consumption is very low (one week or so on a full charge) and solar chargers are available. I agree that it would be entirely inadequate as a replacement for actual, dedicated, survival preparations, but as an addition, nothing could equal it. A side benefit of someone purchasing it for survival would be the learning they would receive from researching survival topics to find what to download into the device. Just my 2 cents.

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