For Christmas, my dear, loving husband made an enormous, yet generous mistake. He bought me a Kindle. Okay so it’s not really a mistake, but it’s barely the middle of January and I think I’m on my eighth book. Do you have any idea how tempting (and easy!) it is to read with any book you want at your fingertips? No ordering and waiting for the mail, no running to the bookstore. It’s amazing.
I have seen e-readers for a while now but the price point has been just out of my comfort range. These puppies are now just $139. Oh and there are thousands of books that you can read for free! Here are just a few sites to get you started: Project Gutenberg, Manybooks.net, Amazon – here and here … even Google.
So, when I first heard of e-readers, I was a little skeptical. While I get the convenience of reading anywhere, I have read books on my computer before, and it’s just not as fun – especially if you’re like me and your eyes don’t like it for long periods of time. When I first opened my Kindle there was a startup image that I thought was some sort of display film to be removed. It turned out that no, that’s the screen! The E Ink Pearl technology in these e-readers is amazing. It honestly looks like I’m reading from the page of a book (minus paper grain). Another of the (many) big bonuses with the E Ink Pearl technology, is that unlike some e-readers – you can read this in bright sunlight, etc. without being unable to see the page due to glare. I don’t have an iPad (or similar device) to provide my own photo but the image found here (and to your right) shows a comparison of an iPad vs Kindle in direct sunlight – the iPad is at max brightness.
Below are some images from my Kindle. First up is one of the many screensavers you will see when you turn off your Kindle.
Personally, I love these but there are methods (ways around) of changing these as well (According to Amazon – Customer Service does not support or provide instructions for adding custom images to your Kindle to be used as screen savers. However, should you choose to do this on your own it will not void your warranty.)
Above you can see the font options. You can adjust the font, line spacing, words per line and screen orientation. From this menu you can even -get this- have it read to you, fast, slow, normal – male or female.
I have to admit that I’ve never been a big reader. I have read a few book series in my life, but now that I have my Kindle, I can’t seem to stop. I am loving it. With the Kindle, there is no waste. No books that will be read once and then put onto a shelf, never to be read again – or if their lucky donated. In 2005, 3.1 billion books were sold in the US 1. Imagine if each of those were replaced by a digital version.
In addition to saving paper, the Kindle saves energy. Of course it has been manufactured, but just once, and with the wireless feature turned off – the Kindle can last an entire month on a single charge. How amazing is that! I don’t see how you can go wrong with one of these. I just wish I had one sooner!
There is so much more that I’d like to talk about, but I suppose this is getting a bit long so we’ll address them later.
Do you have an e-reader? How do you like it? Do you have questions about getting an e-reader? Perhaps I can help. Leave your comments below; I’d love to hear your thoughts!