I want a Kindle. I’ve wanted one for a few months now.
But just like you I was skeptical at first.
Would it really work as as well as a book?
I’ve heard the interface sucks.
Is there really an advantage?
These were my questions too.
I really wanted to play with one. But since you can only get it online, that was hard to do.
Well it turned out a friend of my wife had one, so I asked her to bring it over. After an hour of playing with it and reading a chapter or two of one of her books I was hooked.
The short reason is…
It makes the experience of reading better.
Why? Because it is more comfortable to hold a Kindle than a regular paperback book.
You can hold it with one hand. Think about reading a book laying down or other weird positions. Imagine reading with a drink or sandwich in your other hand.
You don’t have to hold it open. Great if you don’t have hand muscles of steel for the latest Stephen King epic. But also think about this…..Eating and reading a paperback book. Sit it on the table. It stays “open”/readable no matter what page you are on.
You just move your thumb to turn a page. Now imagine that meal is buffalo wings. Lay your Kindle down at a safe but readable distance on the table. Fold a napkin up and sit it on the next page button. When you need to changes pages, click the button through the napkin. Try that with paper.
The screen is as easy to read as a paper page – easier if you realize you can change the size of the type on the page.
I preordered one in January, this week they came out with version 2.0 and automatically upgraded my order. I’m so glad I ordered back then because this is the hottest piece of tech out there right now and Amazon hasn’t been able to keep them in stock.
How long do you think they will be around with the Oprah back orders, Christmas back orders, and now new 2.0 pre-orders?
Here are some other reasons I like the Kindle.
I can read some of my favorite books from Baen. Including some for free. I read a lot of science fiction, and Baen is one of the biggest publishers of hard and military science fiction. They have webscriptions, which is their electronic book initiative. All the books in it are available for the Kindle. And ebooks cost less on their site than on Amazon. They also have a free library to get you started, which is free books for your Kindle.
I can have my favorite books with me all the time. I’ve got a list. I’m getting all those comfort books I read over and over. And I’ll have them with me all the time.
I can get new books in seconds. Not sure this is a good thing, but if someone suggests a book to you and you can download a sample immediately. Then get the whole book in seconds.
Free wireless access to the web and specifically Wikipedia. Sshhh…don’t tell anyone but there is a web browser hidden in there. They make it easy for you to use Wikipedia, but you can browse the whole web.
Have a dictionary with you all the time. The Oxford New American Dictionary is available to settle all those arguments over meaning. Well, at least the meaning of words.
It’s way more comfortable than a computer or the iPhone for reading. People keep clamouring to be able to read books on their iPhone. Have you tried this?
I have. My eyes hurt in minutes.
Look I love my iPhone and have it with me constantly, but it has its limits and book reading is one of them.
If you’ve found this post helpful, would you be kind enough to preorder your Kindle through a link on this page? Thanks.