I love my Kindle. I’m currently on my second one and see no real reason to upgrade until it stops working. For a bookish person, I’m one of those rare types who isn’t all that attached to the feel or the smell of print books. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the heft of a book in my hand, but the storage capacity of an eReader makes them much more efficient.
I Love My Kindle
Love is a strong word, yet we tend to declare our love for people and things like an infinite supply exists. Maybe that is because love, like any emotion, begets more of the same. Beyond a doubt more than a few of us have probably fallen in love with our eBook readers. Was yours love at first sight? Or did the relationship grow in fits and starts? Besides, how do you know when it’s love?
- Thinking about your beloved one a regular basis.
- Wanting to spend time together.
- Continuing to love despite imperfections
A Kindle is Efficient
I certainly think about my Kindle on a regular basis, mostly in terms of how the existence of eBook readers have changed the world of publishing. The question of going the “traditional” route in publishing has many nuances these days, and the eBook explosion has prompted more than a few folks to give writing for publication a chance. Also, for someone who doesn’t like clutter, it’s great that all of my new books can be in the palm of your hand. When I made a cross-country move, the movers informed me I only came in second to the “bird man” (a professor of ornithology) in number of books owned. That was then when I possessed five large bookcases. Now I’m down to just a few shelves on one tall bookcase. I still prefer various reference books in print.
Chances are if you own a Kindle, you will read more. Mostly because it’s lightweight and easy to read while riding an exercise bike or traveling. To think that I hauled a mass market paperback of Gone with the Wind all over Greece and Turkey the summer of 2010 when it could have just been downloaded to a device. Factor in Kindle for iPhone and Kindle for PC and it’s possible to read books at anytime and anyplace. Not to mention practically any book in the public domain can be downloaded for free. How sweet is that?
A Kindle Does Have Drawbacks
My first Kindle was of the 2nd-generation variety with with a built-in keyboard and clunky experimental browser and Wi-Fi connection. I did like how each side of the screen had forward and back buttons for turning the pages. For me, both then and now, the main selling point of choosing a Kindle over say Nook for the iPad is its use of e Ink and absence of screen glare. The ability to adjust the font size is also a boon. It’s great for reading straight text, but lackluster when it comes to showing details in photos and on maps. Any special formatting usually looks a tad weird.
On my first Kindle, navigating could be frustrating for any human used to using a smartphone. For instance, posting to Facebook that you’d finished a book could be very cumbersome. The keyboard was tiny and I had to toggle back and forth between the alphabet and special characters to type out one tiny sentence. Now with the advent of various Kindle devices, a more user-friendly experience is assured.
Enter the Paperwhite
I can’t ever see myself buying a Kindle Fire. I use my ancient iPad for reading informational nonfiction. I suppose that’s one of my quirks as a reader. It helps that photos and diagrams look much better in color on the iPad screen, but I mostly just like to keep my fiction separate. Storing it on the Paperwhite I acquired circa Christmas 2012 seems more intimate since I like to cozy up with it in bed and enjoy its purple leather cover that snaps shut “almost” like a real book. The one thing I don’t enjoy about my Paperwhite is the necessity of touching the screen to turn the page. I was bummed that it didn’t contain page turn button sensors on the side! No product is perfect.
The newest Paperwhite version is even waterproof! I’ve yet to read an entire book on my phone, but I keep telling myself to get in the habit rather than engaging in mindless social media scrolling when I’m waiting in a long line or at the doctor’s office. Even though the Paperwhite prompts users to submit a GoodReads review upon completion, I still prefer to do that on my laptop. I definitely prefer using my Paperwhite as an entirely dedicated eReading device.
I love my Kindle. Do you love your Kindle? Let’s count the ways by leaving a comment below!
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