A little over a month ago, I bought a Kindle. These are my thoughts so far:
What I Got
After thinking hard about getting the Kindle Fire, I bought a Kindle Touch. The versatility of the Fire really appealed to me: I loved the idea of being able to read books and check my email and browse the web. But the internet can be a huge distraction for me, so I decided that I’d get more reading done if I stuck to a regular Kindle.
Also, I love to read in bed at night, and screen time close to bedtime can interfere with sleep. Reading on the Fire counts as screen time (because it’s back-lit), but reading on a regular Kindle doesn’t interfere with sleep.
Why I Finally Got a Kindle
I never thought I’d want an e-reader. I like holding actual books in my hand, I didn’t want the ongoing expense of loading it, and for goodness’ sake, I live next door to a library!
The convenience factor won me over. I read a lot, and the sheer volume of books I’m always toting around was becoming overwhelming–to me and to our coffee table. I loved the idea of being able to carry multiple books around on one device.
I also hoped the Kindle would help me minimize my time at the computer. I’ve been reading a lot of ebooks this past year–on-screen. I wanted to load those ebooks and PDFs to a Kindle instead. I hate to be on the computer when my kids are around, but I don’t mind a bit to sit on the couch and read while they’re playing. The Kindle could make that possible.
What I Love
It’s so easy to use–it’s a cinch to load books on it. (I did have to read up a little bit to make sure I was properly transferring my PDFs to the Kindle, but once I had that figured out, it was a breeze.) Reading multiple books at once (something I do often) is easy. The device keeps your place in each one.
I’ve been pleased at how many free books are available for the Kindle. So far, I have paid actual money for exactly 2 Kindle books, even though I’ve read more like 20. Amazon has many classics available for free, and runs frequent specials where newer releases will be available for free for a day or two (or even just a few hours). I picked up a Kindle version of Organized Simplicity this way!
I love being able to sample books I’m interested in. I love being able to highlight the text and make my own notes, and I really love being able to read all of my highlights (“clippings”) in one place.
And I love how easy it is to read. Reading the Touch is a lot different from reading a computer screen, and my eyes appreciate it!
What I Hate
There’s not much I don’t like about my Kindle Touch. I wish I could loan out each Kindle book more than once. I wish PDFs were easier to highlight. I wish I could read The Hunger Games for free. That’s about it.
What’s Surprised Me
I’ve borrowed a few Kindle books from my public library, and I was floored at how simple it was. I love this service, and I expect to use it a ton in the future. (If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you have access to their extensive Kindle Lending Library.)
My 23-month old grabbed my Kindle for two minutes while I went to the bathroom one day, and when I came back he had purchased Jen Hatmaker’s book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. That surprised me a lot! Also a surprise: Amazon lets you return Kindle book purchases. (I chose not to return 7, and I’m so glad. You can read my review of it here.)
I am really loving my Kindle Touch so far. We’re still thinking about adding a Fire in the future, but it would be in addition to the Touch, not instead of it. If we take the plunge, I’ll let you know!
Do you have an e-reader? Share thoughts in comments!
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