Is a Kindle Actually Worth It?

In a previous article, I told you that I took the big leap in terms of reading books and I bought a Kindle!

For those of you who are not familiar with what a Kindle is, it’s an e-book reader. Basically, a tablet specially designed for reading electronic books (e-books). You can definitely read books from your laptop, tablet or even smartphone, but what’s so special about Kindle is that there is no light.

I know. An electronic device with no light in it makes no sense. That was my thought about it as well. But there is simply no light, just a very sensitive reflective surface that won’t help you read in the dark. Which is great because we all know how harmful the blue light can be.

I am quite a bookworm, so, image I couldn’t give a good, old, printedbook up too easily. I thought that nothing will compare to the feeling of turning sheets of paper and the smell of an old and a new book can’t be reproduced.

But giving all of these, I bought a Kindle as a gift. And giving the fact that that someone lives with me, I had the change to see how it works and so on. After a couple of months, I decided to buy one for myself and see how it goes.

I had 0 expectations. I have to admit, I was rather sceptical about it.

Let’s start with the bad parts, shall we?

The cons

I think it depends on person to person, but here are some of the things I found as disadvantages.

It’s quite small

I mean, they do say it’s a little over 15 cm (6″), but I didn’t expect it to be so small.

It’s smaller than a regular book and the frame might make the screen look even smaller.

Once it’s gone it’s gone

Giving the fact that it’s an electronic device, it becomes sensitive to scratches, water and other threats. So if you break it, it will probably be gone for good. Books are not so fragile – except when your dog eats it.

Anyway, in case your Kindle breaks down, your books are safe: they are stored in the Kindle cloud (or something similar) so you can access them through your Kindle account or another Kindle device anytime.

You have to charge it

For someone who charges her iPhone twice a day, this is a con.

The battery lasts quite a while, but I always hate it when I have to put a good book down and let it charge. You can still read while it’s charging anyway.

 Tip: Kindle comes with a charging cable, but no socket. So if you want a socket as well, make sure you buy one.

You can’t lend books

Kindle does allow you to lend books for a couple of weeks, although it’s a digital book and the person who’s borrowing it should finish reading it in two weeks or less and it also requires a Kindle device.

It has Wi-Fi connection

For many of you, this might sound like a pro point, but to me, having a wi-fi connection means dis-trac-tion.

You can spend lots of money too easily

You can buy books from the Kindle store with one click. And when you see your wish list full of books around 5 euros… lots of money will be spent.

Some books might be more expensive

Some Kindle editions might be more expensive than the actual printed book. This usually happens with old books that didn’t come in print and digital format. It takes some extra work to make those books digital, thus they are more expensive.

You don’t know actually the page

Oh, God, this was very annoying for me at the beginning. My Kindle gave me a “loc” number. Apparently, no one knows what it means or how it works. Because you can adjust the formatting of the pages, numbering the pages would be irrelevant.

The pros

Some of them might be the opposite of the cons, but you probably already guessed it.

You can store lots of books

I have the glare-free version, which has 4 GB storage. According to Amazon, you can store up to 3,500 books. Not to mention the cloud service that can store much more. So that’s quite a lot of books on such a small device.

You can adjust the formatting

That’s definitely not possible with a traditional book. I love reading printed books, but when I stumble across one that written in font size 6, it drives me crazy – and I wear glasses.

On a Kindle, you can adjust the font, the font size, the alignment of the page, the spacing between rows and the margins of the page. This is very handy for all sometimes-blind people like me out there. I said sometimes-blind because I read books in font size 2 and others in font size 5. I guess my eyes are simple lazy sometimes.

Cheap books everywhere

… and lots of money spent. But the good thing is that I read them all so far.

Even though some books might be expensive at the moment, it doesn’t mean they will be expensive forever.

 Tip: Save the books you’re ‘hunting’ to your wish list. Check the list every now and then to see which books got a significant discount – I found one book from $12 to $2.37; quite a bargain! 

It tells you how much time it takes you to read

A Kindle might not tell you the page number, but it will tell you how much reading time you have left from the book or from the chapter. It evaluates your reading time based on how fast you read a page and gives you an approximate value.

It has no light

I love this! For someone with sensitive eyes, the formatting option and the lack of light are a dream come true. Also, the lack of light makes the reading experience closer to reading a traditional book.

Of course, Kindle Paperwhite has light in it, but Kindle became a thing because it had no light in it.

You can listen to audio books too

While Kindle does not have a jack port, it allows Bluetooth connection. So you can connect it to a Bluetooth speaker and listen to audiobooks as well.

 Did you know?! In 2007 a Kindle was $399; now it’s around $80.

It actually feels sooo good

I said that nothing compares to the feeling of turning a paper sheet, and I won’t take that back. But Kindle’s display has a granulated, matte surface that resemblance with paper. So you don’t lose that feeling after all.

You read faster

This sounds crazy, and probably there is no scientific way to prove it, but I swear that I feel like I read faster when I read on my Kindle. Call it brainwashing or whatever you want, but you can read faster.

You help the environment

I don’t know how many of you thought of this, but this is actually the reason I bought a Kindle. I felt a little guilty for buying printed books (you know… printed on paper…) and I decided to ditch the illusion that reading a digital book is not as fulfilling as reading a printed one.

It’s true that the printing industry will suffer if lots of people would start to read exclusively e-books, but it’s for a greater cause.

The Conclusion: Is a Kindle Actually Worth It?

Take this from someone who swore she will never, ever give up printed books. I still read printed book; some I borrow, some I receive I presents. I still read traditional books and I enjoy it.

But investing in a Kindle is actually worth it. It is small, compact, adaptable to your eyes needs and even though it can’t substitute the feeling of holding a real book in your hands, remember that the information and the things you will learn from it are the same.

Do you have a Kindle or do you think of buying one? What do you love/hate the most about your Kindle?

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