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Why I Love My Kindle and the Top Ten Reasons Why I Recommend an E-Reader to Everyone

As an avid reader I was thinking I would never give up my beloved paperback. Then I discovered all that an e-reader could do that my cherished paperback could not.

I recently discovered the Amazon Kindle when I had the chance to explore one that belonged to a friend of mine. I knew instantly that I would be spending countless hours with my own as soon as I could get my hands on one! Of course I had heard of e-readers and I had even seen people using them at the beach, in my doctor’s office waiting room, and at my children’s sporting events. As an avid reader I was thinking I would never give up my beloved paperback. The smell of the pages and the feel of the book in my hand seemed like too much for me to give up. Then I discovered all that an e-reader could do that my cherished paperback could not. So,  after coming to this conclusion after being so fervent that I would not, I want to share with you the top ten reasons why I now recommend an e-reader to everyone I know.

1.  There are thousands of free books available on Amazon.com that you can download instantly to your Kindle. This makes me insanely happy.  I’m talking new books to classics. It has allowed me to read things that I would not have had the inclination to read otherwise. I just finished Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, for free. I know what you are thinking, “I can get any book I want from my public library” ans this leads me to my next reason…

2.  Instant access to any book your heart desires. I can download a new release instantly to my 3G Wireless Kindle from anywhere. I know this may make me sound impatient, but sometimes you just can’t wait. You may have to pay for the new releases, but it still is a discounted price from what you would be paying for a physical copy of the book.

3.  Portability would have to be next. Whether you go on vacation or to the park with your kids, you can take your whole library with you. My kindle can hold thousands of books and it fits in my purse.

4.  My Kindle is not back lit. Which means it is more like looking at a high tech etch-a-sketch and less like looking at a computer screen. My eyes tend to strain after looking at a digital image too long, so I love that I can read for hours without feeling like I’m digitally inscribing the image on my eyeballs. Also, you can easily adjust the size of the text. If you have a difficult time reading small text, no need to worry. You can increase the text size so you don’t have to whip out those reading glasses unless they match your outfit.

5.  I can browse books on Amazon.com by author, title, genre, keywords, or category and read reviews left by other readers. I love shopping on-line and book browsing has become a welcome addition to my e-shopping experience.

6.  My Kindle will read to me. In a male or female voice, fast or slow. Now it’s not like listening to Morgan Freeman but it gets the job done. It’s kind of like Rosie the robot housekeeper from The Jetsons and Reading Rainbow my favorite kids show had a baby, and it’s my kindle.

7.  The Oxford English Dictionary will look up any word I want instantly and give me a definition. I made good use of this feature while reading Pride and Prejudice.

8.  I can switch from book to book without having to get up and walk to my book shelf. I would equate this awesome fact with the invention of the remote control. No more getting up to change the channel, all that my TV/Library has to offer is in the palm of my hand.  

9.  You can read public notes and highlights that other people have left for the book you are reading. I was not sure if I liked this at first. Having someone else’s thoughts being interjected into my reading experience did not initially appeal to me but I have come to appreciate it, and of course you can turn this feature off.

10.  Last but not least, it makes me feel like I am saving trees. Now, I am certainly unsure of how big the carbon footprint of a kindle is. But I do know that less books = more trees and that has to count for something.

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Loretta August 23, 2011 at 06:28 PM
I also have a kindle and do use it, but I truly miss real book shopping. I love browsing through a book store and usually end up buying a book I didn't go into the store to buy. Browsing e-books online is cumbersome and boring. After scanning about 10 pages I give up. It's sad, but a lot of new authors won't get read because of e-books. Bring back the real books. I will miss Borders very much.
Lois Black August 26, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Thank you for your review! I am procrastinating with my e-reader purchase but I am leaning toward the Kindle as I hear more detailed reviews like yours.
Neal Kaye February 24, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Paper books will, eventually, become obsolete. Think of all the trees that will be saved, all you liberals. I'm a big Kindle fan too and I agree with your article.
William Ferguson May 06, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Thanks for the review, I have just purchased an android tablet with Kindle App. I never thought I would like reading a book that way, but now I just plain love it! I have more access to better books than I ever had by going to the book store. And no waiting for the mail to deliver.
Ian Smith May 22, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I have to agree its the best "toy" ive treated my self too. its does one thing and only thing only but its does it brilliantly i tried the android app on my tablet but the battery life was poor highly recomend

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