I love books; the smell and feel of a new book is heaven to me. In fact, I could even live in a bookstore or library for the rest of my life – If God would let me!
When the Kindle first came out into this world, I disliked it straight away. I thought to myself, why would anyone want to replace books? After many years of ignoring the Kindle, I finally gave in; not to replace my library of books, but for the convenience of travel! Yes, I travel a lot! Without my books, I become somewhat grumpy. So I guess to have a collections of book on one device is a lot easier to carry whilst travelling.
After using the Kindle 3 for about a month, I can now give my readers an extended review!
- One of the best things about the Kindle is that people would not know what you’re reading. Whereas, when you’re out in public reading a novel, people are always curious about what book your reading. In fact, I’m the one that is curious! Indeed, humans are curious by nature.
- No more embarrassing trips to the teenage/kids section at the bookstore. I’m sure it’s only me and my mind thinking this, but being Asian living in England, I always assume that people are convinced that I’m a foreigner or tourist that does not understand English. Hence, a trip to the teenage/kids section would make it seem worse! Yes, It is rather silly and dumb of me to think this way, but now I can buy directly from the kindle store.
- The battery life is rather good. According to Amazon, the kindle can last up to one month without using WiFi/3G. I’m sure we all hate charging. I always have to charge my mobile twice a week. So it is excellent that the Kindle can last this long.
- You can read anywhere, even in the sun without any glare (the only exception to night reading). So I can now safely say: This is not an iPad! Yay! I am a non-believer of the iPad. I do not believe in this iPad craziness. My iPod Touch is just fine – perfectly sized that fits in my pocket!
- You can also increase, (or as I would like to) decrease the font size. When it comes to books, I am rather fussy. I prefer smaller sized text. So the fact that you can decrease the font size is a great addition to the Kindle. Very much appreciated Amazon!
- There is also an audio function. You can listen to all your audiobooks and even play your mp3 music whilst reading! However, this feature needs to be improved!
- When comparing book prices, the Kindle ebooks are cheaper. The Kindle store even includes free classic ebooks. So you can download books from Jane Austen to Dickens free of charge. As a fan of reading classics, this really puts a big smile on my face!
- The Kindle does not feature a colour-screen. So pictures will appear black and white. This may affect some people who likes to read comics.
- Technology can freeze! This only happened to me once. The Kindle screen just froze! But a restart or reset sorted out the problem. I’ve also heard that you can contact customer services if a more serious problem arises. Amazon can even exchange your Kindle, if your device stops working.
- The Kindle is not a touchscreen, since most readers are. However, the Kindle does have a 5-way controller. At times, it is rather slow and tedious to get around. But it works nonetheless.
- Another major step back is the lighting on the Kindle. The Kindle does not have a built-in backlight. So reading in the dark is impossible without a light source. You can buy clip-on lights for Kindle in stores. Or you could just buy the Kindle Lighted Case; which comes with a light source that drains directly from your device battery.
- The back of the Kindle device attracts fingerprints! The one thing I hate about technology devices is that they are fingerprint magnet. Luckily, you can buy Kindle skins online. I got mine from GelaSkins. There are many designs to choose from to make your Kindle device more unique.
- Last but not least (and the obvious), the Kindle is not a book! There are times where I just miss the thickness and touch of a book. I guess these days, you can buy cases that looks and opens like a book; but it is just not the same!
Would I recommend the Kindle 3? Most definitely! If you love to read and travel, but hate to carry heavy books around; then I would suggest you buy the Kindle. You can store as many books as you like on the device, as ebooks take very little storage space. Plus, Amazon has already provided 3GB. It’s a shame they don’t offer an SD Card slot. However, purchased ebooks are all stored onto your Amazon account. So you can still delete and re-download your ebooks any time. I look forward to the Kindle 4!
I love my Kindle and I have already recommended it to my friends. I still read normal books when I’m back at home. And I of course still visit bookstores regularly. In fact, I am thinking of registering for the prestiges London Library.
Featured Pictures Information:
- Kindle version: Kindle 3, WiFi Only
- Kindle Skin: GelaSkins, Bloom
- Cover: BUILT Neoprene Sleeve, Vine