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The Kindle is a decent choice, but my expectations were higher
December 13, 2017
- Goodreads integration with Kindle. (I love Goodreads, so this helped me decide to buy the kindle)
- (unexpected) Powerpoint presentations look great on the kindle and this will replace the need to print them out for class. A bonus feature is that I can highlight parts of the text too and make short notes. It's lighter and more portable than a laptop (and less distracting for class). Just keep in mind that the powerpoints are in black and white so it could not be so great for some people.
- The dictionary and vocabulary builder software is extremely useful for people like me who would rather read on than put the book down to look up the word I don't know. Very efficient.
- For someone who reads an average of 25+ books a year, the Kindle will still save money in the long run because ebooks are cheaper
- I love being able to read while I eat and not need my hands to keep the book open.
- Great for traveling
- It feels so great to have instant access to all the books I want. No need to go out and look for the book in a bookstore. I got some books I've always wanted to read and had them all on my kindle ready for me in minutes. No pants required.
- Amazon Kindle software is still not ready for Canadian libraries. I would have loved to rent ebooks for free from my local library but unfortunately, Amazon hasn't been able to accomplish this feat (unlike their competitor: Kobo).
- I expected more fonts. There are only a few available and even fewer that I actually like for reading. They should allow Kindle users to download additional fonts of their choosing.
- The Kindle is a dust magnet and the back shows fingerprint markings. I heard Kobo does not have this problem.
- Pet hair gets lodged between the screen and the outer protective casing.
- The Kindle isn't optimized for textbook reading and I think Amazon is really missing out on a market for students who would rather pay half the price for textbooks and read them on a Kindle instead of lugging around heavy books.
If you don't mind renting ebooks instead of physically having them, and you have a library where you can rent ebooks for free (example in Montreal we have the Grande Bibliotheque Archives Nationales) it will be a lot cheaper to buy a kobo (after renting 5 or 6 books from the library you would have already spent the equivalent amount on the Kobo as you would have to buy those 5 or 6 books). This works better for avid readers on a budget.
Types of readers who will enjoy the Kindle (also, when renting free library books aren't convenient):
1) Goodreads fanatics
2) Note takers, quote makers, and re-readers: Buying ebooks for kindle is convenient if you normally like going back and reading it later (or reading certain passages). Even better if you evenjoy sharing quotes on your Goodreads account.
3) Book hoarders : People who just want to own the books they read. They won't necessarily read the book again, but they are comforted just by the fact that these books are always accessible.
4) Selective readers: You have a specific book in mind that you want to read right now and waiting for the library copy to be available is unfathimable. (For example, I'm quite the opposite of this. I have ~ 200 books on my to-read shelf. If something is unavailable I'm happy just finding another book)
If you end up going with the Kindle, and you read more than one book a month, Kindle unlimited will probably be worth it. Its about $10 a month and it's like Netflix for books. You can buy and read as many books you want for approximately price of one book per month.
Overall the Kindle is a great tool and I will be using it to alternate between real books and eBooks.
The zoom feature (on both types of eReaders I think) is unacceptably slow. Fantasy readers might be slightly disappointed at how difficult it is to read the world maps because contrast for images in ebooks aren't great, and unlike a PDF file, I can't change the contrast in an ebook. I am not sure how this will affect comic book readers.
(the picture is a close up of my biology powerpoint)