My new love: the Kindle Paperwhite

10 January 2013

I read a lot. I probably read several books a month, most of them fiction, but some non-fiction. I almost always get my books from the St. Louis Public Library, so I don’t have a lot of book clutter, which is nice.

Recently, I purchased a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. I bought it as a little end-of-the-year present to myself. It arrived on December 31, which means that I’ve been using it for 11 days. And I’m besotted.

Before I list the reasons I love it so, I want to mention that I’d long resisted the Kindle. My husband has one and when it arrived, it felt so flimsy and unsubstantial and, well, plastic compared with my iPad. But then I borrowed it when I took a couple of trips last year and the concept started to grow on me. I appreciated how light weight it was. I loved how I could slip it into my purse and not even notice it was there. I liked that I could carry multiple books with virtually no additional weight.

The Kindle Paperwhite is an improvement over my husband’s older Kindle in that it has a light source. And it’s a nice, even light source with adjustable brightness. Also, the screen is as big as the older one, but the device itself is smaller, thanks to the touch screen.

I’m in love with it. And here are some of the reasons.

  • I can make the type big, so I don’t have to use my reading glasses.
  • I don’t have to hold the book open.
  • I don’t have to fiddle with a bookmark.
  • It fits in my bathrobe pocket.
  • I can have reading with me when I’m out and about. (I don’t even notice it when it’s in my purse.)
  • I can read large books, like the biography of Steve Jobs I’m currently reading, in bed. I couldn’t do that with the hardcover library version I was reading.
  • I can look up the definition of words with a touch of the screen
  • My library has books available for the Kindle (though admittedly not a huge number of titles).
  • Since I have Amazon Prime, I can use the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library to get free books
  • I can fall asleep reading and not worry about losing my place.
  • The battery charge lasts a long, long time.

Several friends have asked why I’d buy a Kindle when I have an iPad. The relative lightness of the Kindle is the big difference. I found my iPad too heavy to read in bed. And since I got my iPhone, I’ve stopped carrying my iPad around with me and I don’t travel with it. (In fact, I’ve pretty much stopped using it.)

Another friend wanted to know whether I miss the experience of reading a traditional paper book. Surprisingly, the answer is no, for all the reasons listed above.

I am so tickled by this purchase I can barely stand it.

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I’m glad that you explained the Kindle/iPad thing because I fretted that my decision to buy a refurb Kindle was impulsive and that maybe I should have just gotten a tablet.

Someone else recently told me that she didn’t enjoy reading on the iPad because of glare. Plus, her iPad is a shared one so it’s easier to take her Kindle on the road…

'Drea 01/10/2013 10:22 PM

‘Drea, how exciting you got a Kindle! I definitely prefer reading on a Kindle over an iPad. I agree that the lighting is much different. While the Kindle Paperwhite’s screen is lit, there is no glare. I hope you’re enjoying yours!

Thanks for your comment.

Janine Adams 01/11/2013 03:23 PM

Janine, I also got a Kindle last and blogged about it (see I love mine, too. And one of the first books I bought was the Steve Jobs biography. I’m reading it next!

Sharon Lowenheim 01/15/2013 10:44 PM

Sharon, loved your blog post! I like what you said in it about the benefit of downloading free samples of books you might want to read, rather than just keeping a list. Also, I devoured the Hunger Games trilogy as well (though not on a Kindle).

Janine Adams 01/16/2013 07:38 AM

I’m with you Janine, except, I have found that there are a few occasions where I really miss books.

There are a few books that I purchased on Kindle and regretted. I wished I purchased books where I could highlight, write in the margins, and then reference later.

For some reason, for me, that’s not as easy on a Kindle. Plus, anything with a lot of visuals (art, interior design, gardening, birds) makes my heart sing.

I love my Kindle for about 80% of my reading but . . . I’m still smitten with books.

Geralin Thomas 01/09/2015 05:53 PM

You make a good point about annotating, Geralin. I never write in books so I don’t miss that. And I haven’t even tried the highlighting available on the Kindle Paperwhite. The black-and-white nature of the Paperwhite means that ti doesn’t replace coffee table books, that’s for sure! I love the satisfying heft of those books (though I don’t buy them, perhaps because I don’t have a coffee table!).

Thanks for commenting.

Janine Adams 01/09/2015 07:01 PM

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