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What I Love About My Kindle–And Some Things I Don’t
But my book-loving friends who’d gone electronic were converts. And with Amazon now selling more eBooks than paperbacks, there’s no denying the inevitable. So in December, I bought a Kindle. Do I love it? For the most part, yes.
What I Love About My Kindle
My husband and I relish beach vacations with long stretches of uninterrupted reading time. But our tastes in books differ. So for a week at the beach, we normally lug 10 or 12 books at a pound or two each. What a pleasure it was to pack for a February trip to the Cayman Islands. I loved tucking my lightweight Kindle into my carryon. No pile of books to wedge into suitcases, no worrying about whether my luggage was over the weight limit or whether I’d need an extra bag to accommodate books.
I didn’t have to figure out what I wanted to read on vacation. With my Kindle equipped with WiFi and 3G, I could download a book to suit my mood anywhere, any time.
Easy on the Eyes
With my over50 eyes, thick paperbacks with small print cause eyestrain. I love that with the Kindle I can make the type as large as I like. The Kindle screen is crisp even in the brightest sunlight.
I love that I can download a free sample–a chapter or two of a book–to see whether I like it. And if I purchase the bo0k and find that I don’t like it, I can “return” the book within seven days for a refund.
Cost Less Than Print
EBooks—typically $9.99–are cheaper than hardcovers and many paperbacks. And you don’t have to wait a year before the paperback is available.
The Things I Don’t Love
Cost More Than Free
Yes, eBooks are cheaper than print, but not as cheap as library books or secondhand books. EBooks are so easy to purchase–a single click–that your eBook tab can quickly mount up.
Hard to Share
One of the pleasures of books is sharing them with friends. But Kindle eBooks can’t easily be shared. If you have more than one Kindle on an account, you can share with others on your account. But you cannot share with anyone who has a separate account. If not being able to share is a deal-breaker, check out Barnes and Noble’s Nook, which makes sharing eBooks easier.
Not Sand or Surf Friendly
A surf-soaked book dries out. Not so a Kindle. I was super cautious about getting sand or water on my Kindle. That meant I couldn’t perch my sand chair at the water’s edge.
Plain Vanilla Formatting
Kindle displays eBooks in black and white. Graphics and formatting features are minimal. That’s fine for books that are mostly text. But if graphics are essential–art books, Grey’s Anatomy, illustrated children’s books– consider the Color Nook or the graphics-friendly iPad.
Not all eBooks cost money. Many are free, including thousands of classics no longer protected by copyright. Maybe now’s the time to read Crime and Punishment and all the Great Books you’ve been meaning to read.
Stay tuned for a coming-soon post about sources of free eBooks.
Kindle, Nook, iPad, Sony reader? With new eBook readers being introduced all the time, it’s hard to determine which device is best for you. For help, check out:
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