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To Kindle, or not to Kindle. That is the question...
Amazon Kindle Ink Display
Member Name: Alias52
Amazon Kindle Ink Display
Advantages: Convenient, stores many titles.
Disadvantages: If the smell of paper is the best thing for you when reading a book then a Kindle is not for you.
Picture the scene. One small, 2-bedroom flat. In almost every spare (and not always spare) space there are bookcases. Shelves stacked 2 and 3 deep with books of every size and genre. Hopefully, this sets the scene. I love books and have always done so, since first becoming an independent reader. As such, I had always been one of those people who had been dismissive of the E-book. It wouldn't have the feel of the book, the smell of the paper or that certain indefinable something that I felt that a book offered.
So, what changed? Obviously something did, or I would not be here reviewing this product. After realising that I could cram in 2 more small bookcases, I bought them and rapidly filled them up. This left me with the unpleasant thought. What would I do with all the books I was bound to buy in the future? It was a bit unrealistic to buy a new house just to fit books in and I just couldn't fit in any more bookcases. Sell books? Never!
The other convincing argument for me was when buying and reading the newest book in one of my favourite series, namely, "A Dance with Dragons" by George RR Martin. This was so eagerly awaited that I rushed out to buy the hardback immediately on release and bought the mammoth beast that was the latest instalment. This great book was one I didn't want to put down, though my wrists were arguing strongly with my need to find out what was happening to my favourite characters.
I happened to see my friend's Kindle and I was convinced. I ordered one for myself, along with a leather case to protect it. When it arrived, I had an initial difficulty in getting it to work, as I am just as guilty as most men of the need to make something work before reading the instructions. When I had got over this initial stumbling block I began to play with it in earnest.
First impressions. The Kindle on its own is similar in size to a small paperback but is much thinner and lighter. Initially, it felt a little wrong to me but the addition of the leather case made a difference to this. With the case it felt more like a book in weight, if not completely the same in size. The pages are "turned" by use of conveniently mounted tabs on both sides, which can be flipped easily with the thumb whilst the Kindle is held one handed.
After that, I quickly went online and started buying books to read. The fact that it took a matter of seconds to download the book via the Wi-Fi link meant that this was a brilliantly easy way to shop for books from the comfort of your own home, with the added bonus of no waiting.
Since then, I have not looked back. Over the last 18 months I have bought and (mostly) read well over a hundred books. The fact that these hundred books do not have to be stored in my overcrowded bookshelves is just one extra bonus. Holiday reading is also a massive advantage with a Kindle. No more cramming several heavy books into my weight-restricted case. Just one Kindle in my pocket.
So, would I recommend a Kindle? That would be an unreserved yes. In fact, I have already been an advocate of the Kindle to many friends and colleagues, several of whom have bought a Kindle model as a result. Without doubt, this has been one of the best purchases I have ever made. The only thing I would change if buying now might be to get the backlit version but I have yet to come across a situation where I hadn't got a light when wanting to read.
Summary: Best birthday present I ever bought myself. Highly recommended.
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