Kindle Paperwhite: The Good, The Bad and The Myth
At some point or the other every book-lover has written at least a single article on Kindle. I wanted to do too, but I also wanted to experience this much-talked-about e-reader first.
I’ll admit that I tried to stay away from e-readers for as long as possible. When I began reviewing books on request for my book blog, The Reading Bud, I was facing an unforeseen problem when the authors sent me their books in electronic format(e-books.) At that time, I was using Samsung Note-2, so I did the most sensible thing- I downloaded Aldiko. But after reading a couple of books, I started to feel the need for a better app. I tried a few other reading apps and finally found one that was better than Aldiko- UB Reader.
UB Reader was amazing and I totally loved it (and I still feel that it’s the best e-book reader for ANDROID.) I enjoyed this new experience of reading e-books on my notebook, but after a few months my eyes started to get stressed and I developed terrible headaches. I consulted my doctor and she told me that the backlight of my note was not good for my eyes at all.
I was devastated as I was really enjoying to read e-books, but the thought of picking up my note and reading again with the sharp backlight was enough to put me off every time. Meanwhile, I read a lot about the new Kindle Paperwhite. I once saw my cousin’s kindle (the old one) and I didn’t like the grey little thing with the tiny keyboard on it, and honestly, I thought that it was kind of sad-looking.
Now, with no option left, I finally told Vishal that I’ll go with the new Kindle (of course, after reading a few positive articles and reviews) but I was a bit skeptical all along.
Next day he handed me a small gift-wrapped box. I was so excited at the thought of this new amazing gadget, that I tore open the amazon box like a savage little girl (I hate tearing up boxes and gift-wrappers.) And inside was the most beautiful little tablet I’d ever seen! It was so gorgeous that I fell in love with it the moment I held it in my hands.
I right away named it- Eddard.
Today, nine months and 250 e-books later (around 50 or so read), I’m here to share my experience with the incredible KINDLE PAPERWHITE:
- Unbelievably long battery-life.
- Extremely light weight.
- Smart inbuilt dictionary
- Easy Wikipedia access.
- Soft backlight with easily adjustable brightness settings.
- Amazing display settings: Changeable fonts, font-size, line-spacing and margins.
- Smart Goodreads access.
- Organised shelving in the form of ‘Collections.’
- Kindle cloud.
- Smooth page turn.
- Kindle’s Vocabulary Builder (read more about it in my next article.)
- Easy sync.
- Brilliant note-making.
- Recommendations based on your Goodreads’ ‘To-read’ shelf
- Kindle’s Free Time
- Easy NetGalley Transfer.
- Easy bookmarking.
- Password protection.
- Thousands of free e-books provided by Amazon.
- Integrated Amazon shopping.
- Cheaper books.
- Easy to connectivity with laptops.
- Available in two variants: Wifi and 3G.
There are a lot more small little things that make Kindle perfect. In short, it’s the best e-book reader on the planet.
Honestly, there’s nothing bad about Kindle (unless you are a stupid little girl who wants to compare it to paperbacks- which, I must tell you, a lot of people do.)
The only thing going against Kindle, as far as I know, is that people are stuck-up with the age-old belief that paperbacks/hardcovers are the best, no matter what.
There’s practically nothing wrong with Kindle. I’ve read more than a 100 articles that say that Kindle doesn’t have the feel of the paper or the smell of new and old pages. Well, obviously, because it’s NOT a physical book. It’s a device, a GADGET and the best one at that. People should understand that comparing it with paperbacks or hardcovers will only stop them from experiencing something new.
I use Kindle but still I’ve bought around 30 paperbacks in the last 8 months. I love physical books a lot, but it doesn’t mean that buying Kindle is the end of the world.
I’m a gadget fanatic and I love my little babies. I love my Kindle because it allows me to download the requested review books and NetGalley reads easily. I love it because if I’m not sure about buying an expensive book then I can buy a cheaper e-version and decide for myself whether or not I like it enough for keeping in my physical bookshelf.
In the end, I’d like to say that if you love reading and buying books then you should get yourself a KINDLE Paperwhite without a second thought!
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