Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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My own personal library!
Amazon Kindle 4
Member Name: MsRachF
Amazon Kindle 4
Advantages: Easy to use, light weight personal library, holds more than just books
Disadvantages: Its not a book!
I was bought my Kindle as a gift, I didn't request it although I had thought I may ask for one this year in preparation for some travelling I'm doing next year, but my Dad couldn't resist. Afterall what better gift for a technology loving, money spending man to buy his book loving daughter!
I do love books and lots of things I love about them can't be replicated with a Kindle e.g. peaceful hours spent browsing in a book shop for something new to read (and rarely coming home with just one book!), reading the handwritten messages in the front of second hand books and imagining the story behind them, passing a good book around friends, the accessibility of public libraries and the pleasure they can bring to anyone, glancing at my bookshelf and immediately recalling the favourite stories, characters and messages contained within it.
However, I'm also learning to love my Kindle! Its very practical, it reduces the need for lots of physical storage space and is excellent for travelling. I love being able to organise my books into categories (like my own little library), I also love the in-built dictionary for when I'm reading more complex books, and the annotation and bookmark feature.
Its very, very easy to use. I like that it can be used for things other than books. I don't have wireless internet at home so subscribing to a newspaper, magazine or blog on my Kindle, although an excellent feature isn't a viable option. However, a feature I will definitely be able to make good use of is the PDF reader and personal document delivery. When I thought about getting a Kindle to take travelling I was thinking purely of reducing the weight of my backpack by not carrying lots of books, but what will also be very valuable is the ability to access travel and itinerary information as well as copies of passports, visas and tickets quickly, and the security of having an electronic copy of such information on my person.
Those are my own personal favourite things about the Kindle, on top of the features that obviously make it a very popular piece of technology - well priced, lighweight, good battery life, easy to read E-ink and no glare screen, lots of reasonably priced books available etc.
I will still always want to keep a paper copy of my favourite books, because they are more to me than just words - the physical object holds memories and emotional value. Also I like to have my cookery books sat on the shelf in my kitch to flick through for inspiration. I can't imagine that the Kindle will replace books completely for me, but it is becoming a much valued possesion!
Summary: Compliments my paper library but will never replace it!
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