Being someone who’s very much involved in the literary world, a lot of girls (and guys!) ask me whether I prefer the Kindle of the traditional paperback editions. While my instant reaction was to pull a face of disgust at the thought of replacing a book with an electronic equivalent, I’ve slowly but surely ‘turned’ and am now a fully-fledged Kindle convert. And no, Amazon is not paying me to write this – I wish!
So why am I now part of the Kindle crew? Several reasons. Most are relatively obvious but hey, figure they’re worth mentioning as I only really appreciated them once I started using it!
- Kindle books are much cheaper – books on the kindle are, on average, a couple of dollars/pounds cheaper than their paper equivalents.
- Your entire library is easily accessible – I don’t often feel like reading the same book every day. I love the fact that I can switch from a trashy novel, a literary classic, and a non-fiction whenever I want. No need to take a bag full of books!
- Easy to read – I don’t like to admit it, but I’m getting older. This means that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to read that tiny print, particularly on some of the tomes I’m known for reading. The Kindle allows you to easily adjust text size, which comes in handy in the evening when your eyes are a little more tired.
- Don’t need to hold the page open! I often find it super annoying to have to hold a book open – first world problems, right? But the reality is that sometimes I like having a sandwich or snack while reading a novel, which is sometimes impossible with some paperbacks.
- Lighter and smaller – Kindles are just so darn handy to carry around. The average Kindle weighs a lot less than a paperback, meaning it’s easy to take with you in your purse or luggage.
But even though I’m now a bonafide Kindle fan, that doesn’t mean I don’t see some serious downsides to the wee device. Here are just a few to consider before you head over to Amazon:
- Lose a book? No problem, it’ll cost you ten bucks to replace. A kindle, on the other hand, is just a tad more than that.
- Your brain reads paper books differently. In recent studies, it was found that Kindle readers were far worse at remembering details from books read on the device. Compared to ‘regular’ readers, reading comprehension was also demonstrably worse. So if you’re looking to improve your cognitive function, the Kindle may not be for you.
- It just doesn’t feel right. A lot of people tell me that while logic tells them that the Kindle is the way to go, nothing can replace the feeling of reading the real thing. I agree with them to some extent, which is why I still haven’t completely left the trusty paperback behind.
If you can get over the glares from the book snobs, I can highly recommend the Kindle. It’s versatile, has a huge library in a handy little package, and the cheapest version is very affordable these days. I say go for it!
Until next time,