Summary: I bought the Kindle for my wife who has always been an avid reader, but can't read most paperbacks because of the small print size. Since she isn't too computer savvy, the wireless feature was also a key attraction, although I was skeptical of its capability. I have been amazed at how easy it is to download content. My wife fell in love with it from day one.
The only negative feature is the overly sensitive RH page bar.
Excerpt: I have had the kindle for around 3 years now and I love it. When I purchased it, it cost around £110 (they're probably cheaper now) but it was worth every penny and it is so easy to use. For a book-worm like me the kindle didn't at first appeal to me because I felt like I was betraying books. However, it won me over and I eventually got one and was pleasantly surprised. The kindle has thousands upon thousands of positives, but I shall name a few of the best.
Pros: Good selection of books, good battery life, easy for holidays
Excerpt: The book lovers gadget I had a Kindle Keyboard when they first came out and I absolutely loved it. When it broke I had a tablet computer and decided to just use that for reading on. I did this for a while and although my tablet works well for reading it just can’t compete with a dedicated e-reader so bought a Kobo as it was cheap.
Pros: Good value, easy to use, screen comfortable on eyes
Cons: The buttons are slightly flimsy feeling, no audio
Excerpt: I’m not what could be called an early adopter of technology. I like my elderly computer, my basic phone, and my hard-wearing digital camera. But I was reluctant to take any of them on board at first, and needed extensive help from my technologically aware family to get started and then gradually converted. I am, however, an avid reader.
Pros: Portable library, lots of free books, instant delivery, easy to use
Cons: One - click ordering means no chance to cancel, can't lend books to friends
Excerpt: For months now I've watched with interest as I got on the train each morning for my commute to work and watched what felt like every passenger pull out their Amazon Kindle and begin to read. It would be around this point that I would realise that once again I had left the book I'd meant to bring with me at home, and would turn in desperation to the free newspaper left by another commuter.
Pros: lightweight, slimline, beautiful, large range of free and cheap books, adjustable font size
Too many books ruining your life and your bank balance?
28 February 2012
Excerpt: Reading is an essential part of life in order to escape day-to-day ennui as you can find yourself lost in exotic worlds having exciting adventures you only wish were possible. But unless you are a member of one of the now dwindling public libraries, or are part of a book swapping club you will find it an expensive business buying lots of tree killing books, not to mention the drain on your storage capacity in your home. The solution?
Pros: Cheaper way to buy books, easy to download and organise, save on storage space, great battery life
Cons: Cheaper, more streamlined version available, no 3G
Excerpt: I am a book lover (I'm studying for a PhD in English), so I was wary of ereaders for a very long time. I wish I hadn't been. I received my Kindle 3 for Christmas, and since then it's been invaluable. I immediately downloaded a lot of classics for free (and enjoyed sorting them into collections) but it really came into its own when I discovered that it can handle PDFs.
Pros: Light and thin, screen is like the pages of a book, can highlight text and make notes
Cons: Feels fragile, crashes on some websites, cannot download library books
Summary: I was skeptical about eReaders for ages for all the reasons you have heard before but I am a total convert and reading much more and often since I got this little bad boy for Xmas. I was at the time reading the latest Song of Ice and Fire book (Game of Thrones), which is massive and a right pain to take to uni/work every day.
Pros: Screen, weight, capacity, .mobi and pdf compatability, size
Cons: browser but not a great loss if you use a smart phone, zoom scroll for pdf
Excerpt: I’ve had my Kindle for 4 months now (I paid for it using my Ciao earnings, thanks Ciao!) and I love it. And although I wouldn’t say the reading experience is much more superior to that of reading a paperback, it’s the storage solution it provides (instead of piles of books gathering dust) and the fact that you can have a book you want within seconds of seeing it on the Amazon website; it’s these two points that I find the most appealing.
Who thought I could get even more passionate about reading?
21 September 2011
Excerpt: Reading has always been one of my big hobbies from being absolutely tiny. As soon as I was big enough to be reading to myself, I never looked back. My grandparents bought me a new book every week, as well as books from school, and being encouraged to use the library as well. When I first saw the Kindle, I tried to ignore it a bit as since becoming an adult, reading has taken a lower priority for a few years because of having a high workload when I first started working...
Pros: holds so many books I always have something to read . easy to use, so many free books available
Cons: slight niggles like not being able to skip to the end of your long list of stored books easily .