The Kindle – As was left in a comment, the Kindle version of most hard back books is way less than the real book. Examples:
One Second After – Book is $15.89. Kindle is $9.99.
Skin Trade – Book is $17.15. Kindle is $9.99.
For the most part, you do save $$. If you’re buying books, and reading 3 books per months, that’s 36 per year and if you’re saving even $4 per book, you’re saving $144/year just on the cost of the books.
Living in a tiny little town, we have a tiny little library. I’m happy to have what we have but there’s just not a very big selection and it’s rare that they have a whole series of anything. I either have to make a list of the books I want and get them when I go to Joplin, which is probably once every 2 months on average, or order them from Amazon and wait a week to get them (free shipping). There have been times when I’ve ordered a whole series of books, thinking I’d love them. Read the first one and then had to make myself read the rest of them. I hate it when I get a book and I love it and then I have to order the next one and wait a week to get it. With Kindle, I can see a book I want, pay for it and instantly have it in my Kindle.
When traveling, I don’t have to try to decide what I’m going to be in the mood to read before I leave so I can haul all the books with me. I’ll just take the Kindle and have a whole library at my disposal.
About the rice cooker, you can read about the new one here. I got the NP-HBC10 model. Yes, I can and did for many years cook rice in a pot on top of the stove. Here’s the biggest reason I started using a rice cooker a couple of years ago:
With four burners, I so often have more pots than burners. With the separate rice cooker, that frees up stove space. We eat some kind of rice probably 3 or 4 nights a week. The reason I chose this particular model rice cooker is that it rates very high at keeping rice warm and fresh tasting for up to 12 hours. It also has a special setting for brown rice and we eat a lot of brown rice.
Click on those two pictures above to make them larger and you may need to click again. These are both dishes of Speck food. The older one happened to be on this memory stick. The rice in the light blue bowl was cooked in the new rice cooker. See how each grain is firm and intact and not sticky looking? The rice in the darker blue (bottom) bowl was cooked in the old rice cooker. You can see that the grains have started to break down and look sticky. Same exact brown rice from the same bag, in fact.
Also, the new cooker can be set to come on up to 13 hours from when you set it. I can put our steel cut oatmeal in it the night before, set it to come on in the morning and have oatmeal ready when we get up. I hate making it in the morning because it takes 35 – 40 minutes to cook.
I believe I made good investments with both the Kindle and the rice cooker.