📖 Why I Love My Kindle Paperwhite
If you're anything like me, you love reading. You probably see it as a great way to learn, get some enjoyment in your life or even just wind down and relax. And reading is easy, right?
What if I told you that you could make reading EVEN easier, and be more productive and get more out of it whilst you do.
The answer: the Kindle Paperwhite.
In this post I'm going to tell you why I absolutely love my Kindle Paperwhite for the following 3 reasons:
🤓 1. It makes reading more way more practical and way less fiddly
📟 2. It brings the age old experience of reading into the 21st century of technology
📚 3. Aaaand it gives you the ability to hold literally every book you could ever dream of in your hand
🤓 Making Reading More Practical And Less Fiddly
So think about it.
You're in bed, reading a book. You want to turn on your side but you can't - this is easily solved with a Kindle. It's really light and easy to hold, meaning you can just hold it in one hand in bed.
Plus, it's backlit - so you don't need to shine a light or have the big light on. Best bit? You don't need to get out of bed to switch off the light.
So it's great for bedtime but what about when you're on the go?
Let's say you're on the tube or the train and you haven't got a seat. Reading a book stood up is a bit awkward when you don't have 2 hands free to hold your book. With a Kindle however, you can easily hold on to a pole with one hand, and read from your Kindle in the other hand. Nice and easy.
So - it's super practical, and less fiddly, because you can use it with one hand.
What about outside?
Surprise surprise - It's great. If you're on the beach, - you don't need to worry about the wind blowing your pages around, or rain getting the pages wet. And this is especially the case with the newest, most waterproofest Paperwhite.
The best bit? You can read in the bath or by the pool without worrying about getting the pages wet and stuck together. Nobody likes a wet book, after all.
And last but my no means least on this shopping list of convenience features. Another great reason to have a kindle is that this small little thing can drop right into your bag or your pocket. You don't need to force it into your bag like you would a chunky book.
To summarise? It's great because it's small, it's light, and it isn't paper.
📟 Bringing Reading Into The 21st Century
A Kindle provides a modern answer to some of the drawbacks of the age old medium of reading.
Don't get me wrong - reading is perfect as it is. But in some cases, modern technology makes it way easier, more practical and more insightful.
First up is that backlight! Being able to read in the dark is a great benefit - you don't need a big light shining in your face when you're trying to wind down.
It's also great for those plane journeys or overnight buses - you don't want to be that annoying person switching on the light when everyone's trying to sleep.
The backlight is really soft too. The light itself is sandwiched between the layers of the screen, and shines toward the surface of the display, as opposed to directly into your eyes. This is unlike a backlit device such as your phone.
What's more, you can adapt the reading experience in your own way. You can adjust the font size, and even the font itself. I use 'OpenDyslexic', which designed in a way to reduce some of the common symptoms of dyslexia. I'm not dyslexic but it definitely makes the reading experience more pleasant.
The Kindle itself works as a kind of mini book computer.
Links are cool. You can tap them on the Kindle and you'll be taken to that URL via the Kindle's web browser. You can also use internal links to - such as tapping a link to a chapter from the contents page, and it'll take you straight there.
You can highlight sections and take notes, and the Kindle even tells you how long is left in the chapter/book by learning your reading speed. Take my word for it, this is a blessing and a curse.
As I said - reading is fine as it is. Will these features completely overhaul your experience of reading? No, probably not. But they do make it nicer.\
📖 An Entire Library Of Books In Your Hand
So far, good. But the best benefit of having a kindle - better than the previous 2 reasons - is that you can have an entire library of books right in your hand.
It is genuinely incredible when you think about it.
Just think. The next 20 books or more that you want to read, all in one place. You can flick between them, make quick comparisons, keep a collection - the list goes on.
You can look back through everything you've read and check your progress from each. Great if you're reading more than one book and trying to keep up with your book a week.
This book progress then syncs across all of your devices that you have the Kindle app logged in on. If your kindle runs out - not to worry. Take out your phone, open up the Kindle app and away you go.
And all of your books are in one place - The Cloud!
Look. Book shelves look good. But, they do take up room, and they aren't great if you're looking for a minimalist aesthetic. Also, which books do you even decide to put there? Having a Kindle avoids any of that overthinking.
Now for the true magic of the Kindle. This is something I tend to take for granted nowadays, but it's arguably my favourite thing.
I can buy a book, have it downloaded, and be reading it within seconds. It's astoundingly quick - especially when you compare it to walking to a bookshop or waiting for a delivery. 100 years ago, this was magic.
Plus - a bonus of buying books from the Kindle store is that Kindle books are cheap! Much cheaper than the paperback version.
Over time, this means that you'll eventually make your money back on a Kindle. I estimate after reading about 20-30 books, saving an average of £3/4/5 each time - and that's a conservative estimate.
The Amazon ecosystem isn't great, I get it. But there's bigger fish to fry.
Having a world of books at your hand - and cheaper than paperback versions - is something to be taken advantage of.
🤔 Should You Buy A Kindle? Yes!
There you have it, 3 reasons why I love my Kindle. Ultimately, these different factors have encouraged and enabled me to read more, which is the aim of the game.
The thing is - can a Kindle replace the smell of a book? No.
Does it replace the feeling of snapping a book shut after you've finished it? No.
Does it replace the experience of strolling around a book shop, and feeling all high and mighty in your quest to save high street book shops? No.
But. My Kindle is super convenient. It makes reading smart. And, in the long run, it'll be cheaper than buying books.
So that's why - I love my kindle.
Top Tip: If you're planning on buying one, wait until Prime Day or Black Friday. They are discounted up to almost half price.