Thursday, August 18, 2011
How I Like My Kindle
At that point, a Kindle became something that I definitely wasn't opposed to, but I cast it out of my mind as something that might be fun, but just wasn't in our budget, like a Wii.
My parents surprised me with a Kindle for my birthday. It wasn't on my list at all, and they said they had no idea whether or not it was something that I even wanted, but basically that I'm a huge book nerd and they thought it would be a good fit. I was eager to try it up on our trip to Idaho, and try it I did. Here's a few things that I like about the Kindle, and also a few things that I wish were different:
Things I Like:
-The screen is glare-free, and uses a different kind of lettering than I'd seen on any sort of electronic previously. The matte finish really does make it feel like you're reading a "real" book.
-The Kindle was really nice and practical for the trip--especially since I had been reading the last Outlander book, which is just a monstrosity of a book. I keep a book in my purse all the time, but can't usually do that with the Outlander books...but with the Kindle I can. I can really see how the Kindle is a practical tool for anyone who travels frequently or commutes to work via bus or train.
-Lizzy can't pull out my bookmark! As soon as I turn the thing on, it defaults right to where I left off!
Things I Don't Like:
-Recently, I've gone to purchase a couple of books off of Amazon, and the paperback price will be $7.99, but the Kindle price will be $12.99. This ticks me off to no end...there is absolutely no reason that the price of an e-book should be MORE than the price of it's paperback counterpart. And in the end, Amazon loses out because I end up not purchasing the book at all, in either format.
-At this time, you cannot check out books from the library on the Kindle. Supposedly, Kindle users should be able to check out library books "later this year", but it isn't available yet. I think my love for the Kindle will increase dramatically once that functionality is available.
-Rather than page numbers, the Kindle displays what percentage of the book you've read. The only thing that's kind of irritating to me is that sometimes when you're reading a larger book like Outlander, it can say that you're 99% done. I'll think 'Oh, I'm almost there...I'll just finish it out,' but then two hours later, I'm still reading. 99% done can sometimes mean two pages, but sometimes it might mean 200.
Overall though, I really like the Kindle so far, and definitely agree that it has its place alongside "real" books, just not in place of them!
What do you think? Do you have an e-reader? Do you hate it? Love it? Do you want one desperately?
PS- This was not a paid review.