After years of resisting the temptation I finally have an ereader!
I don’t do much travelling and am surrounded by books so never felt the need to buy one. I couldn’t justify spending that much money on a device when I have hundreds of unread books around me. But then the price comparison website, Idealo, offered to buy an e-book reader for me in exchange for a link in this post and I decided that would be the perfect opportunity to join the digital age.
Has owning an ereader changed my life?
No. I have now had a couple of weeks to investigate my new kindle and although it does have some benefits I still prefer to read a paper book.
The Plus Points
I love the fact that it is really light – a definite plus point when you are reading a long, heavy book.
You can carry lots of books around with you without breaking your back.
It seems to be holding its charge well. I was worried that I’d have to plug it in as much as my mobile phone, but I haven’t had to recharge it at all and after two weeks the battery is still showing more than 50% of its charge.
I find the smaller screen size enables my to read more quickly. I’m not sure why this happens, but I have noticed this weird effect occurring.
I’d heard a lot about the benefits of being able to read one-handed, but that certainly isn’t the case with the kindle. The button to turn the page is located awkwardly so you need to use your other hand every time you turn the page – which is more frequent than with a traditional book as the screen size is smaller. I guess I’ll have to wait a while longer before being able to read whilst drinking a cup of coffee.
There is an annoying flicker every time you turn the page. Other ereader users have assured me that you get used to it, but I haven’t yet.
The risk of damage/theft means I am less comfortable taking it to certain places where I enjoy reading (eg. the beach).
Would I recommend buying one?
If you took my kindle away tomorrow I wouldn’t buy another one. My home-based lifestyle means that the benefits aren’t worth the outlay. If you do a lot of travelling and are the sort of person who carries several books around with you then I highly recommend it – my suitcase will definitely be lighter next time I go away.