I bought a Kindle with my birthday money in June and wrote a first impression review of it here.
Now that it’s almost Christmas, it’s a good time to present my follow-up review:
It’s small and light, meaning you can take it anywhere. I went on holiday this summer and my kindle fit in my jacket pocket. I travel light so I usually only have hand luggage and whatever I can fit in my pocket, so this was perfect.
You can carry hundreds of titles. Again I found this handy going on holiday. I don’t read that much on holiday. I don’t do relaxing holidays; I want to come home exhausted! But I do usually take at least two books. I read at the airport, on the plane and before I go to sleep. I take two because I might finish one, or I might not enjoy one. This year I also took a train to a small town called Halden on the Swedish/Norwegian border, about 90 minutes from where I was staying so by the time I got on my home flight I was on my second book. The book I had been reading on the train was a bit heavy for bedtime reading so chose another. That’s a big benefit!
You can purchase new titles instantly. See a title you want on Amazon, buy it and it’s on your Kindle before you can blink.
You don’t have to use bookmarks (or fold the corner of the page, as I do *naughty*) as the Kindle goes back to the last page you were reading. Even if you read something else on the Kindle, each time you go to any of the books you have it will remember where you left it.
On most books you can skip to the next chapter – great for text books or short stories.
You can change the font size to suit you.
You can make notes and highlights (I do this on paper books but I know some people are loath to do that to a book. See here.) Whenever you underline or make a note, the Kindle saves it in ‘clippings’.
No paper = saving trees.
Books don’t have to have their battery recharged; Kindle does. BUT it does use the same charger as a standard camera charger so on holiday you don’t have to take lots of leads and plugs with you.
It doesn’t feel like a book. It’s not just the stories we love. Books themselves are works of art, to hold and feel and smell!
AND THE REST
I read recently that it’s no good for special characters particularly for maths, science engineering etc. I have read a couple of pages from a Swedish book but it did not seem to have this problem. ø was not represented as o for example.
You can get pictures, but on most versions only in black and white. You can also get travel guides for the Kindle, complete with map. Again, very handy when on holiday.
You can get samples. If you are not sure of you want to buy a book in a book shop, or check out a book from the library, you read a few pages first. Well you can do that free on the Kindle too!
You can read something trashy and no-one will know! But if you are reading something which would make you look super intelligent, no one can see you reading it because it’s hidden in a custom kindle cover!
- How the Kindle changed my world: the first five years (ilmk.wordpress.com)
- How do you like your books? (run4joy59.wordpress.com)