I got a Kindle for Christmas and I seriously LOVE it. I didn’t think I would love it as much as I do. But it’s:
- able to hold LOTS of books–the equivalent of a portable library
- extremely easy on the eyes, and the change-font-size feature is very nice for my six-year-old reader
- has an astoundingly long battery life. Sometimes I forget it’s a high-tech electronic device
However, it’s not perfect. It:
- had issues because the metal clasps of the cover created a short circuit, causing it to reboot randomly, freeze up, drain its battery fast and/or forget my place in a book. It’s a known issue with the cover, and when I called to complain, they gave me a refund and credit to buy a cover with a light. Haven’t had a problem since.
- makes it toooo easy to buy books. It defaults to the Buy button when I’m looking at any book on the Kindle store. I can’t count–okay, I don’t want to count–the number of times I’ve accidentally bought a book. And the number of times I just shrugged and said, “Oh well. What the hey” after doing so.
- is not friendly to those of us who like to go back to reread our favorite parts or need to look back through the pages to refresh our poor aged memories (“wait, who exactly is this character again?”). When I have to do arcane mathematical calculations to figure out the numerical “location” of such information, it’s not a good thing for my poor aching head.
How has the Kindle changed my reading habits? I’m glad you asked! It has:
- increased my book buying, both in quantity and in monetary terms. Not only am I happily buying e-books, I’ve also upped my print book-buying to support my beleagured Borders and/or authors whose works I want to support. So, er… yeah. That’s a… con?
- …but I haven’t entirely lost my head. I’ve also downloaded a bunch of free classics–and I’ve actually read some of them.
- expanded to include e-book-only novels (or those with prohibitively-priced POD versions), which I avoided for years because I find it that hard to read fiction on a computer screen.
And I just read yesterday that Amazon is working with Overdrive to make Kindle books available to libraries. I am very excited by that development.
Do you have an e-reader? What do you like/dislike about it?