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.