I'm a confirmed readaholic and over the years I must have funded a public library! I’ve always bought paperbacks and very few hardbacks as due to the sheer number of books I own I simply couldn’t afford to. Now these days my pennies go towards mostly Kindle eBooks.
I made the switch just after last Christmas when my darling ‘hubbie’ bought me my first Kindle e-Reader for my birthday which is on December 28th. I’ve never regretted this and here's why you should consider putting the Kindle on your Christmas list.
(1) Number of books you can carry on your Kindle
I often read more than one book at once. I might have a thriller I started in bed last night, and want to finish during my lunch break. Then there’s that business book I’ve heard about on the Internet or TV that will boost my writing career. With my Kindle I can carry up to 1400 books and other e-Readers are similar. I can put them into different folders for different categories (like a library) and archive them when I’ve read them. I also have the option to reread them whenever I like. We enjoy our holidays and I can download as many books as I want without taking up valuable luggage space and weight – my Kindle is the equivalent size and weight of 1 paperback! AND I can read in direct sunlight on a Kindle, as it’s e-ink!
(2) The beauty of browsing
Sampling is a fabulous feature of e-Readers. As soon as I discover a new book, whether it's through twitter, magazine article, blog or podcast, I can download a sample to look at later. This sample is roughly 10-15% of the book on my Kindle and I can read that for free. I liken it to browsing in a bookstore but I can do it from my Kindle immediately. If I like the book I can buy it with one-click. If I don't like it, I can delete it. I can roam the Kindle store for samples in my free time and I will often download a dozen or more of those I like the look of. The sample will tell me whether or not the book is for me.
(3) I’m a voracious reader and I can hide my addiction
I must confess I have many books on my bookshelves and Kindle that I’ve not yet read. I consider it a treat to wander through a bookstore, browsing my favourite authors’ books. Usually I want to buy at least half a dozen at a time and although I consider reading an enrichment of the mind, I know my hubbie might always not agree with me. With my Kindle I can download whenever and whatever takes my fancy, and he doesn’t need to know!
Going back to my addiction issue, lots of books can mean lots of spending money. But Kindle books are often cheaper than the print version, especially looking at the deals and independent books. Checking through the Amazon rankings, number of star ratings and reviews I’ve found some gems for less than the price of a coffee! And don’t forget the thousands of classics and other books for free! I’ve finally read more Austen, Homer and Dickens than during my school exams – and probably enjoyed them more. I can do this from the comfort of my home, sitting in front of a cosy log fire, cat snuggled down in my lap, hot chocolate to hand…heaven.
(5) Saving valuable space in my home
I can’t afford a library the size of Oxford University, my living space is at a premium and print books end up overflowing from bookshelves. There are some books I want to keep forever but some can easily be taken to the charity store. With eBooks, the space issue is solved. I can still browse my cloud library from my device but I can also live in my house without falling over piles of books!
At the end of the day, the packaging doesn't matter but the content does. I can lose myself in a good book easily and experience the fictional world or the ideas it communicates. What do you think? Are you an eBook convert or a die-hard physical book lover?
Have you bought your eBook yet or are you waiting for your birthday or Christmas? My Kindle has developed a sticky button and Amazon has very kindle agreed to replace my Kindle free of charge. I didn’t have the nerve to ask whether they were sending me the same one or an upgrade. My fingers are crossed!
Thank you for reading my latest blog post and please forgive me if I list my own eBooks here – (they are available in paperback too for the unconverted!)
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