Because many people in real life have asked me about it, I decided to post my review of the Kindle here in the blogosphere. I have received no money or other compensation for this review, so fear not FTC. Everything is cool here.
On the plus side:
– it is very easy to use. The buttons make sense and are easy to manipulate.
– it is incredibly easy to read in all light. The clarity is amazing and puts my iMac laptop to shame.
– it is nice to be able to change the font size.
– it is fun to play games on. The games are free or about $3, so the price is right.
– the leather case [without the light] that I bought extra is ingenious and makes holding the Kindle very easy.
– it is portable.
– many Shakespeare plays and classic books are free.
On the negative side:
– I don’t envision me ever thinking that this little gadget is a book. It is lovely for reading in short bursts, but to sit down with this and dawdle over a book– not so much.
– the battery doesn’t last as long as advertised. I’m recharging once a week, not every 3 weeks.
– all books aren’t available on it. For instance, the Harry Potter series is not part of the collection. Nor are all the books in a series of mysteries that I like. My idea was to have complete collections of certain authors so that I would always be able to read them whenever/wherever I wanted. This is not going to happen.
– subscriptions to newspapers are expensive and the choice of what is available is very limited.
– subscriptions to magazines are available, but I like to read mags with lots of photos in them so for me the Kindle is useless in this area.
I like it, but it is different from a book. I liken the Kindle to instant coffee and a book to brewed coffee. Each has their place, but they aren’t interchangeable.
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I did finally decide on a netbook which I’ll use as a reader(unless it makes me sick) for traveling and also for internet. It wasn’t that much more expensive than a Kindle. All of my friends with Kindles LOVE them, but I think I still prefer books.
Interesting about the netbook. I never even considered one. Maybe I should give them a look.
Also, interesting about your friends loving the Kindle. No one I know wants to get one which made me the guinea pig who went out and bought one. Hence, the review.
Not interested in one at this time for the negative reasons you mention here. Especially the fact that not all books are available. If not, what’s the point?
When I bought it I didn’t quite understand how limited the choice of books would be. For travel or waiting in a doctor’s office it is great, but the rest of the time reading a real book with paper pages is much more interesting to me.
My husband bought a Nook (barnes and noble version), and he really likes it. He does have a couple of subscriptions on it. But now that he’s had it for almost a year, I see him drifting back towards real books. I look at this as a hopeful sign.
I think if I traveled a lot, I would get some kind of eReader, because not only are they very light and portable, but if you finish your book, you can just buy a new one, as long as you have access to wi-fi. That’s a great feature. But I don’t travel a lot, so I doubt I’ll ever bother. Maybe if my husband upgrades to a different one, or an iPad, I’ll get his.
J, I like the Kindle okay, but… it’s not a book. And that’s what I keep coming back to when I think about it. Still, I realize that there all sorts of people who love the thing, so more power to ’em. To each their own, eh?
have you tried an iPad? not that it’s a book either, but it looks much sexier than the kindle. and has an actual touch screen. i tried a friend’s kindle and found the usability a bit lacking, probably because i’m such an devout member of the church of apple. plus, you can always play angry birds when you book is done. 🙂
julochka, I haven’t tried an iPad. I know that I’d love it, so I’m staying away from it! [No money for such frivolities at this point in time.] And knowing what I was missing would make me too sad. So, *la-la-la* I can’t hear you.
So, would you ever take your Kindle out on a dock on a lake to read? Or to a beach? I ask because, while it seems like a lightweight, slim, convenient thing to take on a car or plane trip, I’m curious about its durability at the destination – where there is likely to be water, sand and dirt.
Good question. I don’t think that I’d get it near water. It is quite durable but I imagine that water would ruin it. As for sand/dirt, I don’t think that would do much of anything to it. Scratch the screen maybe.
I tell you what… you get one and try it out on the dock. Then you can let us all know how it worked out for you!
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