I got a kindle. I tried to hold out, I really did. You know, support the book stores and all, but baggage weight limits and living in two different countries makes it a bit difficult. You see, I love to read. I love bad books, some good books, silly books, serious books, young books, old books; if it’s out there, I can probably find a reason why I would want to read it. Of course, if I actually read it or not is a completely different story.
But enough with the tangent, okay Emilia?
I got a kindle was because I’m sick of schlepping around heavy books. Last year at uni we had to carry a grammar textbook and workbook everywhere. I also need to take a crazy amount of books back and forth between England and America (The Prince, Dante, I’m talking to you), leaving very little room in my bags for books I actually wanted to read. What was I waiting for? Sign me up!
Alas, it wasn’t quite that easy. Theoretically getting a kindle should have been simple given the circumstances I described above, however, they aren’t cheap. I wasn’t about to shell out almost $200 on something that wasn’t 100% perfect. So, I did what any university student would do. Research it!
I think my mom sort of wanted me to want an ipad. In the whole, I-really-want-to-get-one-but-would-buy-one-for-my-daughter-and-not-for-myself kind of way. I knew right away that I didn’t want one. Why? Too big, too expensive, I have an itouch and it had a backlit screen. Totally not worth it.
The nook, however, was quite alluring. I love Barnes and Nobles, I love their array of books, I love that they are still a brick-and-mortar bookseller, I just didn’t love the nook after researching it. Turns out, that in order to buy books on a nook you have to be in the USA. Well, there goes that option!
Then we have the kindle. I didn’t really know why right away, but it turns out there is a reason this thing is so popular. It is small, lightweight and attractive. You can buy books wherever there is a wifi hotspot (with the cheapest option) or wherever you want with the slightly more expensive 3G option. The e-ink screen was also quite alluring as it allows you to read in sunlight and before bed without the stimulatory effects of a backlit screen. Also, it is a dedicated reader, meaning there is nothing besides the text that could get in the way of your reading experience.
What is the reading experience like? Is it heavy? Do I need a case? How are the book selections? Stay tuned for part two and find out. . .
Do you have an e-reader? If yes, why did you choose to get one? If no, why not?