Recently I purchased a Kindle Electronic reader from Amazon.com. After a couple of months of use here is what I like about the Kindle and why I would recommend it to others:
The Kindle is much easier on the eyes than other forms of electronic information. I can’t read from a computer screen for very long. My eyes start to get tired and weary. I have found that the Kindle doesn’t wear on my eyes. It has the same effect as reading from a paper and ink book.
I always like to have books with me. Often I find myself away from home and the office in a situation where I am going to have some empty time. When that happens I love to have a good book to read. Before my Kindle I would typically keep a book in my vehicle, but then I would forget to take it with me when I was out of my car. Added to that was the fact that in some situations I felt awkward about carrying a book in with me. Even though my reading a book wouldn’t affect anything, it just seemed rude. Along with my Kindle I purchased a leather cover. It looks like a notebook and is less of a distraction to carry around. The end result is I find myself carrying my Kindle with me everywhere I go.
Along those same lines, I have also enjoyed being able to carry a whole library of books with me on the go. On my occasional travels out of the country I have typically packed a half a dozen magazines and an equal amount of books to read during long flights. As of today I have 82 books on my Kindle. That gives me a lot of reading options without the weight. Plus I don’t have to spend any time thinking about which books I want to take with me. I can just grab the Kindle and go.
Free books! A great advantage of Kindle ownership is the vast resources of public domain books I have available for download and reading. Before Kindle I doubt I would have read a book on Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Now that I can download it for free, I just might. Since I purchased the Kindle I have been able to download a number of books that I would have never purchased in paper form. Some have been total busts. But I didn’t have to pay for them, so no problem. Some have been real gems that I would not have discovered without my Kindle.
The newest version of the Kindle has two options. You can get the one that is 3G capable or the one that is wifi and 3G capable. I would definitely opt for the more expensive model. It allows you more free download options. You can email PDF and Word documents or books to yourself and not pay a fee for downloading them if you have the wifi option. This is a great feature for me. I like having the ability to load personal MS Word documents and PDF documents on my Kindle. This is extremely helpful when I am traveling. I won’t need to carry a laptop with me just to have access to electronic documents. There is web browsing feature, but it is pretty useless in my opinion. The screen that makes books so easy to read, makes web pages almost unintelligible, but the wifi is still a great feature to have.
The Kindle has other nice features like the ability to make notes and underline passages. It also allows you to search your content, the web, or the Kindle store using key words and phrases. The battery seems to hold up quite well. I don’t worry about it running down its charge and going dead on me. I think I have charged it twice in the two months I have owned it.
My next article will be on what I don’t like about the Kindle, but what I don’t like wouldn’t stop me from buying one all over again or recommending it to others.