I placed an order for a Kindle immediately after Amazon announced the price was being lowered (to $139 Wifi and $189 Wifi plus 3G). Traveling is a huge part of my job and I spend an inordinate amount of time sitting in uncomfortable airport chairs, dirty taxi cabs, and lonely hotel rooms. I’m a fast reader and I was tired of my tiny Blackberry screen and the need to plug in my bulky laptop everywhere. I pride myself on being an efficient packer and stuffing magazines and books was bad for my shoulders and my wallet. I LOVE my Kindle and use it much more than I thought I would. It’s wonderful for traveling, but I use it at home a lot too. Getting to read a full chapter as a sample before buying usually prevents unnecessary purchases. The device is light and slips into any purse. Most books are $9.99 and though not all titles are available on Amazon, more books are being added every day.
I was not prepared for how many opinions I would receive from friends and strangers about my new purchase. Among the comments:
“Nothing replaces a real book though. I love the smell and feel of new books.” This is usually accompanied by a glare, as if because I own an e-reader, I burn paper books in my spare time.
“Why didn’t you just get an Ipad? All you can do is read on the Kindle, right?” Well, yes, that’s why it’s called an e-reader. Yes, I knew I could only read books (not watch movies/surf the Internet/play games) on the Kindle before I bought it.
“I prefer the Nook/Sony e-reader/new device Google is coming out with. The Kindle will be obsolete within a year.“ Thanks, stranger. I’m going to get back to reading now.
If anyone is considering buying a Kindle, I recommend thinking about how often you read books and magazines. If you aren’t a reader, the Kindle won’t make you one. The best part of owning a Kindle is that I have read so many books I wouldn’t have considered before just because purchasing is so easy.
The Kindle is a greyscale device and does not offer a touch screen, which may seem outdated to some. Kindle owners can only purchase books through Amazon (which has been accused of some highly publicized censoring of books recently). Though I’ve heard Kindle books can be converted into the ePub format, I’ve never tried. Kindle readers cannot “borrow” books from libraries. And unlike the Nook, Kindle owners cannot read for free anywhere (the Nook offers free reading for limited times in Barnes and Noble stores).
I recommend purchasing the 3G option if you can afford it. Though WiFi is available in many locations, you never know when the signal will be slow or not free. The charge on the Kindle can last for weeks without charging, especially if you turn off the wireless option while you are not using it. This is one of the best parts of the device for me ““ I don’t have to carry yet another power cord while traveling or struggle to find an outlet in a public place.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be sitting in the corner with my nose buried in my Kindle.