Wireless Charging is Finally Coming to the Kindle

I used to be the first in line excited to buy new technology, particularly Apple products – So much so, that friends and family dubbed me iAndrea. I won’t lie, I looked like a pop-up Apple Store at times having all my devices spread out in front of me, but those times have passed. I’m still happily using my iPhone XS and my Apple Watch 4, and my iPad, and computer are definitely showing their age at 5 years old. The products being released these days, from Apple and other companies, just haven’t been compelling enough for me to purchase.

That is until yesterday.

Yesterday Amazon announced an all new Kindle Paperwhite, and to say it checked all the boxes of what I was hoping for is an understatement.

I’ve been faithfully using my Kindle Paperwhite from 2013 all these years and it’s served me well enough that I never needed to upgrade.

It’s even served this blog well over the years as my post on adding wireless charging to it has been one of the top ranking posts of all time. For a while it was even the top search result when you searched for wireless charging Kindle.

I guess Amazon finally got the news, and the new Paperwhite Signature Edition finally has wireless charging.

I couldn’t be more excited to upgrade my Kindle to this device after all these years. I even moved money around in my budget to move up my “New Kindle” purchase sooner.

If you’re not interested in wireless charging, you can save yourself $50 and get the standard model which is still pretty fantastic, but I’ve gone full in on the wireless charging lifestyle so it’s worth the convenience.

In addition to wireless charging (on the Signature Edition), both new Paperwhite models also switch to USB-C for charging and include a larger screen with an adjustable warm light. The Signature Edition also features auto-adjusting light sensors.

Coming from an ancient model, I’ll also be able to take advantage of the flush screen, waterproof rating, and bluetooth audio.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the new Kindle, and although I’m sad I’ll likely be losing some of my blog revenue due to people no longer needing wireless charging adapters, I think this Kindle is going to be a great device for so many people.

Do you use a Kindle or other e-reader? What are your thoughts on them or the new Kindle Paperwhite?

*Amazon didn’t ask me to write this, although there are affiliate links in this post. I truly just adore my Kindle and haven’t been this excited for a new product in a while.

My Personal Reading Workflow

Having recently joined a book club, my personal reading habit has started returning back to normal levels.  Having recently wrote about how I read for grad school, I thought it might be interesting to detail how I go about reading for fun too.

First things first, I almost always pick the Kindle version when possible. They’re delivered instantly, don’t take up any space, and I honestly prefer the reading experience more than I do with physical books. I get most through my local library’s website, but occasionally I will buy them through Amazon or check them out through the Kindle Lending Library. Since Kindle Lending Library books have to be read on a Kindle (not just the app) this is usually last resort, but it’s nice for books that aren’t available from my library that I don’t want to buy.

Once I’ve picked a book to read (and I’m usually reading a few at a time), I set up a project in Omnifocus. I have a template saved in Keyboard Maestro. Triggering it prompts me for the book’s title and author, and then generates a project with corresponding tasks for progressing in the book in 10% increments, along with one final task which I’ll get to in a second. I also add the book to my currently reading list on GoodReads just for good measure.

For the actually reading, I use either the Kindle app for Mac or my Kindle Paperwhite. Even several years old, the Paperwhite is still one of my favorite devices and my preferred way to read. As I’m reading, I take notes on or highlight anything that seems worth remembering using the Kindle app or Paperwhite.

Once I’ve finished a book, my final task before marking my book project complete is to export my highlights and notes. To do this I use a bookmarklet called Bookcision, which exports your notes and highlights in plain text. From there, I copy them into a repository. Any sort of destination will do. I’m currently using Evernote, but have used Day One in the past. I do this so that I can search across all my highlights and notes, which not only helps with recalling what I’ve read but helps to establish connections between books I might not have otherwise seen.

I hope this has been helpful. Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping track of and remembering what you read? If so, I’d love to hear them!


March 2013 Favorites

Hello everyone! Just like before, this post is going to be all about the products I loved this month, but it’ll be a bit more brief than last month’s.

{Disclaimer: I purchased all of these products on my own and was not paid or asked to review any of these items.}


# 1 on my list, the Kindle Paperwhite.

If you’d asked me a year ago, whether I’d buy a Kindle, I’d have probably said no, so it’s pretty surprising that this is on my favorites list. I like to read, and up until this past month or so, Kindle apps on my iPad, iPhone, and Mac have been working out well. So why the Paperwhite? Warm weather means my lunch breaks and free time will likely be spent outdoors, and my iPad  and laptop don’t like the sun. I bought the Paperwhite without special ads and no 3G, and so far it goes everywhere with me. It’s small enough to take with me wherever I go. It’s light enough so that it doesn’t bother my wrists when holding it for long periods of time. The e-ink took a bit of getting used to. I have to remember it’s not an iPad with Retina display, but overall. I love it. The battery life is fantastic as well. My favorite feature by far though has to be the “Time to Read” feature. I love being able to see how long it will take me to finish reading a book or chapter. I picked up Amazon’s leather case in Fuchsia as well, but the jury’s still out on this one. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a WONDERFUL case. Probably the best quality case I’ve ever owned, but I’m not sure I want the slight added bulk it adds. Then again, I tend to not like using cases anyway so it’s not at all surprising to me.


#2 – Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm

In one of my very first Birchboxes, I received a LipFusion Balm Lip Conditioning Stick by FusionBeauty. Ever since, it’s been my go-to lip product. I’m not one to remember to put lip products on, so my lips end up pretty chapped during the winter. The LipFusion balm is fantastic, but the price tag of $22 for a clear lip balm isn’t. That leads me to Baby Lips. For less than $3, I can get something pretty similar, with a bit of sheer color too. I picked up the Pink Wink shade which is a really light, sheer, pink shade. Turns out it happens to be a limited edition shade. I plan to go get some other shade though. I really love this product.

#3 – Novaform 14″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress from Costco

I purchased this on a bit of a whim to replace my 12 year old mattress. I actually got this one on sale for $399 which is pretty darn cheap for a mattress. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this mattress based on the price. I just didn’t want to be rolling into the middle of my sagging mattress anymore. The first few nights on this thing were a bit rough. It seemed too firm. I tossed and turned. It’s not because it was a bad mattress, I just wasn’t used to it. It’s really hard to not fall asleep in it immediately now. Every day I wake up a little more rested, and I’m truly glad I purchased it. The thing that put this mattress on the list was the quickness of how I got rid of the back pain I had from shoveling snow. Silly me decided it would be a great idea for my small self to shovel the driveway, deck, and sidewalks. I followed that up with a 40 minute workout and 10 minute stretch. The next day I felt like I needed a walker to lean on where ever I went. Climbing into bed that night was such an amazing feeling. All the pain I had had all day vanished, and I woke up feeling fantastic. The only downside is that I now have to be mindful of what sheets I buy because most standard sheets aren’t deep enough for it.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night – I purchased this on a whim. I’ve been using it nearly every night. I’m not entirely sure whether it’s this product or my new day time moisturizer, or this product, but I have noticed that my skin has gotten noticeably clearer over the past month despite not using prescription acne products or my Clarisonic as often. The big plus is that my face isn’t peeling off making me look like a zombie.
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – Another product I purchased on a whim. I have a few prescription acne products that periodically dry my skin out to the point that it burns. Applying any kind of moisturizer ends up being a terribly painful experience. I got this in hopes it would help, and it did to the point I haven’t really had to use it again since.
  • Viactiv Multi-Vitamin Soft Chews in Milk Chocolate – I’m not a vitamin person. I’ve tried different brands because some actually make me nauseous, and in the end, I never end up taking them like I should. These taste great, they don’t make me sick, and I actually look forward to taking one each morning.

As I said, it’s a much shorter list than last month, but I really didn’t have many new favorite products.

If any of you were missing yesterday’s post, I had planned to have post on the cats, but I just didn’t get around to it. This week my head’s been a bit frazzled and my mind has been elsewhere. I hope to have it posted by next Wednesday.

Did you have any favorite products for March? Have you tried any of these products? I’d love to hear your thoughts.