This is a webpage about books so why not a review on how you read them. I have always loved books, the feel of a new book as you open it for the first time and the smell of them (as long as they don’t smell like your incontinent aunty Muriel!) always sent a shiver of excitement down my spine. A kindle brings you non of that book feeling. I have to admit it was my only slight hesitation in buying one but when your taking ten+ books on a 2 week holiday then you begin to see the advantages over the disadvantages.
1) you can store over 3000 books. I worked out that at my 3 books a week reading pace, my kindle’s memory without deletes would take me 20 years to get through all the books. Quite a feat when you think I would be on the faster time than most.
2) it’s a lot lighter than 10+ books. In fact you take it with you in your hand luggage. This means you suddenly have half a suitcase more to fill with clothes or other electronic devices.
3) many books are free. This has meant I can read many many more books and genres that I wouldn’t have really picked up before. Such as “Dick Long: sexual saviour of the universe”. Ok it hasn’t really enriched my life to be able to read this book but I wouldn’t have nor dear readers, enjoyed it if I hadn’t have got it free on kindle. Firm favourites whilst not free are mightily cheaper than in book form obviously due to the cheaper production.
4) the environment. With fewer books needed to be printed to fill demand and even some books being kindle only this means less paper needed so less trees cut down so better for the environment! Good for everyone then.
5) free 3G for only 50 quid more. Anywhere in the world you have access to books and the experimental browser. No pesky and secret fees here. Just what it says on the tin.
6) connection to Amazon. Now this point could be a disadvantage depending on how you look at it. A bit like apple, you can only download your books from amazon. However, amazon has to have one of the best online selections for books. So really you’ll always find what you want.
7) your quality of reading isn’t dampened by slow electronic page turning. You hardly notice the transition from page to page and when absorbed by a book, you aren’t pulled out of the story by dodgy graphics.
8) you can download the kindle app onto your android and apple phones/ tablets. As long as you have a kindle already it will let you use it as if it were a kindle. Those not owning a kindle don’t have the ease of access to the books via the kindle store on the app. The excellent thing about this feature is that all your devices will sync to each other so you can always pick up your book were left it on your other device. Handy.
Overall well worth a buy. If you’re a reader who saviours the feel of a page and the turning of paper then this is not the reading device for you! Or even if you like to take 10+ books in physical form with you on hols I’d urge you to reconsider the purchase of a kindle. However, if your like me dear reader and would want an accessible ans easy to use e-reader, by al means browse the shelves of the copious amount available to you but this one has my seal of approval!
Rating: 9.5/10 (has crashed a couple of times but only when one person used it so I am inclined to blame them and not the kindle but the reason for the loss of a half point.)
(side note: reading on something futuristic… Well “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” is pretty futuristic! Read it. Or watch the film.)