Good morning you guys!
I got a Kindle like 3 months ago, and I haven’t even really talked about it! So I figured that it’s about time. Especially since I was so ridiculously, angrily, anti- e-readers. Like, swore I would never ever have one, I would never buy another e-book, e-readers suck, yada yada yada. I’ve probably (definitely) talked about it before, but here’s why I caved and got a Kindle:
- I wanted to read conveniently in the dark. This became a bigger deal for me this year, when my reading-during-the-day time decreased significantly.
- I heard of Oyster, and it sounded really cool… (although I’ll only be able to use it on my phone, or if I eventually get a Kindle Fire)
- I’ve been way more into science and technology in the past year or two, and it started to feel silly being all “e-readers are the worst”.
- The possibility of ARC’s… every once in a while. I’m not a big ARC person in general, but it’s nice to have this option.
ANYWAYS. So I ordered a Kindle Paperwhite back in March. Here’s what I love so far:
- Reading in the dark. Or just bad light in general. It’s pretty awesome not to have to worry about having a book light or positioning myself under a lamp just right.
- No glare. This is why I opted for the Paperwhite, instead of automatically jumping to a Kindle Fire or other shiny screened thing. That and I didn’t really want a tablet until very recently… but that’s a different topic.
- Shopping. You guys were right – I once sat there browsing around and ended up ordering $16 worth of novellas and on-sale books. AND I have permanent 3G on it, so I can browse and sample books even when I’m out and about and have time to kill.
- Novellas. A point in of itself – it’s nice to be able to read the little stories that authors only release digitally. Though I would still prefer to buy stuff like that from my favorite authors in print.
- Whispersync. This wasn’t a feature I thought I’d really enjoy, but I ended up signing up for Audible this month and it’s been SUPER cool to listen to a book on audio while I’m at work or driving, and pick up right where I left off next time I sit down with my Kindle.
- Tweeting my highlights or notes. Just one more way to get me to socialize more, but it’s a nice option. Though usually my notes or comments are just “LOL”.
- Samples. Obviously, I’d prefer to spend an hour or more at Barnes and Noble looking at books. But for books that B&N doesn’t have or when I’m not at B&N, it’s nice to be able to download a sample of a book and decide from there if I want to buy it. Most notably, I tried a sample of The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios and now I can’t wait to go to B&N and buy a copy.
- Kindle Match. Some books that you’ve bought on Amazon in the past (or that you will buy in the future) are in the Match program – meaning you can download the e-book for $2.99 or less. I was able to download Lamb by Christopher Moore for 3 bucks, meaning I have that awesome amount of hilarity walking around with me all the time.
What I don’t like:
- Ads. The non-ad version wasn’t available when I was shopping for a Kindle Paperwhite – there was like a 5 week wait and I am IMPATIENT. So I got the cheaper version that comes with ads. It’s not too bad, it’s not like they’re visible while you’re reading. It’s just ugly screen savers.
- No color. This isn’t a huge issue, but there’s just no sense in attempting to read a graphic novel on a black & white e-ink screen.
- No apps. It really bums me out that I won’t be able to use Oyster on my Kindle, because the Kindle Paperwhite doesn’t support apps like that. I’ll be able to use Oyster on my phone, but reading on my phone just isn’t as comfortable, kills my battery, etc.
- Digitally owning books. I just prefer my paper copies. Digitally owning a book isn’t bad if it’s a digital copy of a favorite book that I already own, or if it’s new and I’m not sure I’ll like it, or I read it and liked it but not enough to take up space on my shelves… but for any book I really like, I’ll buy it in paper.
Admittedly, I kind of love my Kindle. I still MUCH prefer paper books, but the Kindle is REALLY handy. If it could support apps and be in color, it’d be perfect. (Or, if the Kindle Fire could have the kind of screen that the Paperwhite has, that would work too.)
I know I’m probably not using it to its full ability (like searching through a book for a specific passage, or viewing all my highlights, or something…) Any features that I didn’t mention that I’m missing out on? Anything you love or hate about your e-reader? Anyone have and read on a Kindle Fire?
P.S. (My third post in a week?? I AM ON A ROLL!!!)