I love my Kindle
When I’m reading a book on the Kindle I just get lost in the book, much the same as when I’m reading a printed book. This to me is wonderful.
It is also slightly surprising. Back in 2010, I wasn’t even sure whether I could see the point of a dedicated ebook reader device. I have been reading ebooks for years (originally on Palm/PalmOne/Treo devices, more recently on my iPhone) because I like being able to fit a big selection of books in my bag. But I found the iPhone screen a bit too small to read for long periods.
The original announcement of the iPad persuaded me that the iPad would be perfect for me as an ebook reader. I waited for the iPad to come out and had a play with that, but decided it was too heavy and shiny to read books on, especially when compared to the Kindle 2 my sister owns.
Then in summer 2010 the Kindle 3G (now called the Kindle Keyboard 3G) was announced at a much lower price than the iPad. Also a UK Kindle store was launched so no more faffing with dollars and import duty. So I ordered a Kindle 3G on the very first day they became available to order in the UK. And I’ve not regretted it. It is even better than I hoped it would be.
I read more books now I have my Kindle, and faster. I can buy books anytime, anyplace, anywhere. I can read books anytime, anyplace anywhere.
I’m a complete book addict so this means I use my Kindle several times a week, for extended periods of time. Fiction works best when I have at least an hour, or several hours, to read so that I can get into the swing of the story. This was especially useful with the multilayered PD James novels I worked my way through between autumn 2010 and summer 2011.
Popular non-fiction, such as ‘The Fry Chronicles’ by Stephen Fry or ‘Watching the English’ by Kate Fox, can be read in small chunks when standing in a queue or eating lunch or waiting for my liftshare partner to arrive. The Kindle is so light and comfortable to hold and the screen is nice and matt so no glare.
So far I’ve purchased 109 Kindle edition books. In most cases I got a free sample first to check I liked the book before purchasing. I have requested samples of books I wouldn’t otherwise have read and then gone on to buy and read the whole book.
I haven’t stopped buying printed books, but I have stopped lugging them round with me, and I tend to buy printed books that are beautiful objects and/or have lots of photos rather than just getting a paperback which would be just as easy to read on the Kindle. Much the same as I haven’t stopped buying CDs of music I really love and want to listen to on a hifi, but I use an mp3 player to listen to music on the go.
The Kindle really comes into its own when I go on holiday or travel for work. I used to take a grocery box full of books when I went on holiday for a week, now I just take my Kindle. And my husband has a Kindle too now, because he was so impressed with mine.
Time will tell whether the rate of increase in the quantity of printed books in our house will slow down. There comes a point where it is no longer possible to fit in any more bookshelves!
This is an edited and updated version of a blogpost originally written in October 2010 for the nyssapod blog.