First Impressions of a Kindle from a book traditionalist’s view.
I know I am not alone among book lovers in refusing for a lengthy time to given in to the realm of eBooks.
The look and feel of book lends to the experience of reading; the smell of an old book you’ve borrowed from someone or from the library, the touch of the page as you turn it in anticipation.
Recently I was convinced though. A book in my handbag is just added weight to things I “need” to carry with me to work every day. It’s also €11 I could spend on something else, like food or petrol (or 4 kindle books). Adding that to the fact that my frequent trips to Eason and Chapters have resulted in a lack of storage space, it seemed that eBooks were the way to go. After taking a peek at a friend’s Kindle in work and much discussion with fellow tweeting book worms Karie, Chloe, Sharon and Hazel (thanks ladies) I decided I was a Kindle person.
Considering that Sharon and Chloe are wholly responsible for my ever-growing “to-read” list on Goodreads, thanks to their amazing reviews on their respective blogs(Chloe is HERE and Sharon is HERE, you’ll adore them), I figured the Kindle was a good buy for a book worm. Or maybe they’re just spendaholic enablers.
Down to business… my first impressions of the Kindle.
I’ve only had the Kindle (The paperwhite edition) a week, and I fell in love with it instantly.
The feel of it; smooth, matte and feather light was what sold me most of all. It means I can read enormous books without it weighing my handbag down. It fits right into the small inside pocket of my handbag and even on a packed train to work I can still comfortable read it because it’s so small. For the lads, it is the perfect size to slip into your coat pocket.
I also love it because of the money saving aspect and the ease of use. The Kindle books are typically around the €4-€6 mark, as opposed to the sometimes outrageous prices you would pay in a book shop. I realise there are cheaper alternatives like The Book Depository, but then you have to wait at least 4 days for your book to come!
It is 100% user friendly, too. With a simple touch screen and a handy user introduction when you first switch it on there is not much you could get confused about. You can even load books to your kindle from your desktop or phone if you think of a book you want to read and don’t have your device to hand.
Finally, I feel like I am reading a lot more now that I have the Kindle. As much of a book worm as I am (I do read every day, typically), I am an abominably slow reader. It could take me a month to read a book normally, sometimes longer. Put it this way; I ambitiously decided to take the Good reads challenge and set myself a target of 30 books. I’ve read 9.
Like I said, I only have the Kindle a week and I am already halfway through the very intriguing Cop Town by Karin Slaughter (because the aforementioned Sharon reviewed it). It is just so much easier to fly through a book using it.
A couple of other features worth mentioning are the dictionary; one click and you are given the definition and it saves into a little vocabulary log, and the highlight feature; press down to highlight and drag across the sentence, it saves in your notes and you can look back on your favourite lines and quotes whenever you want, this is definitely one of my favourite things about it.
I would absolutely recommend The Kindle Paperwhite to any serious bookworms out there; you’ll save on space, you’ll save on money long term and you can read it under the covers thanks to the backlight. Yes, the look and feel of a book is fantastic and no, I wouldn’t turn my nose up at a book if it was lent to me or gifted to me (I think books are the most thoughtful gift) but this is genuinely the best material investment I have made since I bought my car.
You can pick one up in PC World for €139 or €79.99 for the non-touch screen version.