Monday, February 14, 2011
Kindle me happy: the verdict.
I am 110% happy with my kindle purchase. It arrived last Thursday - three days after purchasing it. I was impressed with the shipping speed but I am even happier with the product.
It really is just like reading an actual book. It's heavier than a small format paperback but lighter than a hardcover book. The responsiveness when you flick between pages is great. It's really easy to read in full sunlight and there is no glare to read by the light of a lamp in the evening. I am about halfway though my first book on it and I have to say it's one of the best purchases we have made recently.
In addition to the kindle, I also bought a cover - the burgandy leather official kindle cover. I'm not known for being easy on my possessions so this was a must for me. The cover doubles the kindle's weight but I love that it makes it feel more bookish, and the built in light is fantastic for travelling. I love that purchasing is also practically instantaneous. You can buy from your kindle anywhere (I have a 3G version) or from your computer and it arrives at your kindle in seconds. The experience is great.
Although I'll always love reading old style books (the ones made from paper) this is a very practical solution to my travelling and hauling 10 books in my carry on problem. And it's great for reading on the bus etc. I'll still buy the occasional non-digital book but I'd say this has replaced at least 80% of my purchases. Sorry Dymocks and Borders, the experience just can't be beaten.
If you haven't already got a kindle and you are a voracious reader like I am, I'd highly recommend looking at one. The reduced price of eBooks means you'll likely cover the cost of the investment in 15 or so books, depending on the cost of the books you purchase, plus there are loads of books you can get for free. The 3G kindle costs $189US plus express shipping.