Wednesday, August 14, 2013

BEDA Day 14: Should You Buy A Kindle Paperwhite?

Hello and welcome to Day 14 of BEDA!

Now there are a lot of reviews out there on Kindle e-readers that talk about all the technological stuff but today I am going to talk to you about how it feels to use one and whether or not it is worth it to make the investment. 
What I want to talk about is the difference really between an e-reader and an actual book and if having a Kindle will make your life easier.

I love my Kindle. As someone who is an avid reader, I never thought I would stop loving the feeling of a real live book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. One of the things that is not so great when reading a book is page turning. Using a Kindle is really easy when it comes to page turning and comfort. You just have to tap the screen to go forward and backward.

Another really amazing feature of the Kindle is all the books you have access to at your fingertips. In our busy lives sometimes we want to read a book at night when we finally get a free second but we really don't have time throughout the day to drive out to our local bookstore and pick up a hard copy. Also, books take up a lot of room and although I look book decor, many people don't have the space. It is amazing to have all those books on one small machine.

A great thing about the Kindle is the backlight. It is so nice to have a light for reading in the dark. When you want to read at night before bed you don't always want to waste the electricity with leaving your light on so the backlight feature is great. It also really awesome to not have to get up from bed to turn off the light before you turn in for bed. 

Kindle's are also really amazing for travel. You don't need to lug around 5 books in your suitcase. You will create more room in your suitcase for shoes (who doesn't love shoes?) and you can have hundreds of books at your fingertips in case you get bored of the one you're reading. Plus you can download new books wherever you have some WIFI.

The battery life on the Kindle Paperwhite is also phenomenal, it lasts a really long time, even on the highest brightening setting (which I prefer the most). 

One of the downsides to the Kindle is the non-book feel but also not getting the option for an e-book. Some places do offer a free e-book copy with a purchase of a hard copy book but lots of publishers do not. For those of you who love the feel of books (like me) you may want the best of both worlds. Many people want the convenience of having many books on the go but also the privilege of having your books on display. 

I hope you enjoyed Day 14 of BEDA!

Stay Happy

-Cate W. 

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