When I started writing it, the above statement was true – but as the busy Christmas season came and went, the post I was planning didn’t get any longer. Honestly, I have barely looked at my Kindle this week. Nevertheless I think now is a good time to write my long-promised Kindle review.
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know that I resisted getting a Kindle at first, but decided to take the plunge at the end of September. My decision was based on convenience. I still prefer ‘real’ books (the kind manufactured primarily from dead trees), but I found it very inconvenient to carry 800+ page books when traveling. They also take up an awful lot of space which I don’t have on my already groaning bookshelves. Another perk which I’ve taken full advantage of is the range of classics which have passed into the public domain – and therefore cost nothing to download!
As I mentioned when I first started researching eReaders, technology is not really my thing. I was actually pleasantly surprised when I found it really easy to download eBooks. Using the device is almost as easy as reading a real book too. As you can see, I bought the keyboard model, which has buttons for both advancing (>) and retreating (<) on both sides of the screen. The only downside I’ve found so far is that sometimes when I’m tired I get confused and press the wrong one. For example, I push the button on the right hand side meaning to go back and re-read a sentence, only to find myself skipping forwards instead.
I do tend to save my Kindle for when I’m traveling, for example on days when I have to commute to the city for work, or on long car trips to attend family gatherings. Even though it is much easier to read in bed than some real books I have, the real books tend to win out when I’m at home.
One last important point. I highly recommend buying a cover if you are traveling with your Kindle, particularly if, like me, you have developed the habit of falling asleep with a book in your hand! I can also confirm that when in a cover, a Kindle can withstand falls of about 50 cm on to carpet. Please note: I am not advocating Kindle abuse! All I’m saying is that it happened, and the device survived. Please don’t go throwing your own Kindle around to test this!!!