Admittedly, I am late to the e-reader game. But recently I let go of my “real book” snobbery and bought myself a Kindle Paperwhite. And I am really glad that I did. Here are 5 reasons I love my Kindle!
When your books are 400+ pages and your arms start to hurt, going to the gym becomes a bit more appealing. However, Kindles have the capacity to store thousands of your favorite books with the added bonus of weighing only half a pound!
Yes, the Kindle weighs next to nothing and it is tiny enough to carry around. Some books are bulky and their large size makes it difficult to take with you. The Kindle won’t fit in the pocket of your jeans but it will fit snugly into your fanny pack.
Quite possibly my favorite feature is the back-light. You are able to adjust the screen brightness to best suit the lighting. If you are sitting outside in the middle of the day, turn the back-light on at full blast! If you are reading in bed with the lights out, turn the back-light down super low!
4) Easy to Use
The Kindle is simple and easy to use. Downloading books is done with a click and you can download them by plugging into a computer or using WiFi. Plus, once you finish a book you can quickly choose another and burn the midnight oil until the wee hours of the morning.
5) Bonus Tools
Did you think this was just an e-reader? Wrong! The Kindle is so much more! While reading, you can use the dictionary to define words and you can highlight and save quotes for later. Plus, you are able to browse the internet.
The greatest thing of all is that the Amazon e-book store has a large number of “the classics” for free. Plus, there are many other books (many self-published) that are $0.00. I haven’t had to pay for a book yet! My friends also let me in on a little secret – Overdrive. This is an e-book lending service that many public libraries are a part of. The concept is similar to checking out books in person. You are allowed to “borrow” the e-book for a set amount of time with the option to renew or “return” the books. I haven’t used it yet but I think it’s a great way to read the latest and greatest books without putting any money down.
All this book talk inspired me to update my reading list. One of the funniest books (technically, an essay) I read this year was On the Decay of the Art of Lying by Mark Twain…and guess what? It was a free download through the Amazon e-book store. Cha-ching! I’m currently reading: Ashley’s Amish Adventure by Ashley Emma. It’s a non-fiction account of the author’s time living with the Amish in Maine while she was doing research for her fictional writing.
What are you reading right now?