So it’s been a while since I’ve bought a physical book. Last year, sometime in June I got a used Kindle. I was checking out my amazon digital orders and I realized I read 31 books between June 2015 to June 2016. And that includes Game of Thrones which took me an entire month to read!.
For you that amount might not be a big deal but for me it is, since I usually read around 10 books a year. Anyways, so this post is really about the Kindle, since now I love it so much, and I used to be part of the “I prefer physical books” camp.
A few months after I got it, my kindle actually broke, but with the Kindle also comes the Kindle app for your phone. So I kept reading using the app and the experience is not as great as a proper Kindle reader, but is still is pretty good.
First reason is the obvious: Digital media rocks when you start collecting lots of books. No need to worry about where to put them, or if you’re reading a huge book then it weights nothing if it is digital.
So comfortable to read. Easy to hold with one hand, in the dark, while standing on a bus/subway ride, in bed, and flipping pages is easily done with just a swipe or button tap.
Instant dictionary! English is my second language so there are still many words I do not know, a simple highlight on a word and you get the definition, a wikipedia article and even a translation.
No trips to the bookstore or waiting on delivery. After you finish a book you can instantly start reading a new one after a few clicks, as oppose to waiting for a physical book being delivered or actually going to a store/library.
The X-ray feature gives you information on a character, place or topic. So for example reading Game of Thrones and I forget who a certain character is, X-ray will give you info on who he/she is and where in the book he/she is mentioned, very useful.
Book is always with me since I carry my phone everywhere I go. The Kindle and the app sync across devices so that way you can pick up where you left anytime and anywhere.
Cheaper. Most of the time they are cheaper than their paperback or hardcover versions.
I’m bummed I didn’t make the switch to Kindle earlier.