We are now a three-Kindle family. At Christmas, I gave Amy a Kindle Fire and Ken gave me a Kindle Paperwhite. Seeing how much I love mine and use it constantly, Ken ordered one for himself; it arrived yesterday.
I'm not one of those early adopters of technology, obviously. Reluctant to give up paper books, I found myself reading less and less just because of the expense to buy new books and the "hassle" of going to my public library. But now I am completely won over.
Oh, Kindle, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
- Our house is on the small side. We have three bookcases --- and no room to add more. I could keep giving away books to make room for new, but that's difficult, almost like parting with an old friend. Kindle lets me buy dozens of books and store them in a device that's only 6.7 inches x 4.6 inches x 0.36 inches.
- I can download books from my library.
- Kindle books are often less expensive than paper; books in the public domain are free, like "Anna Karenina," which I am reading now.
- Because of the small size and weight (7.5 ounces), it's great for travel, something that Ken is going to appreciate on his business trips. Even for me, it's much easier to take to a doctor's waiting room than the 600+ page tome I would be toting around.
- It lets you read in the dark without disturbing your spouse or requiring an extra reading light.
- I love the built-in dictionary and translation feature. It's been especially helpful with all of the French phrases in "Anna." Because the dictionary is so easy to use, I'm much more likely to look up an unfamiliar word, instead of guessing its meaning from the context.
- If I'm on vacation and finish my book, I can buy and download another one, as long as I have a wi-fi connection. (Yes, I'm lazy and I don't much like to shop.)
- Much to my surprise, the experience of reading is the same as with paper books. The words on the electronic page come alive and engage the imagination in the same way. The characters live and breathe, and I am carried away to another world ... just as I am with a paper book.
- As a result, I'm reading more. "Anna Karenina" is my fourth book since Christmas.