What I Love About Kindles

I decided to be a hypocrite and tell everyone what I love about Kindles. It’s not actually hypocritical really though – I like my Kindle for personal use, but don’t like it for education. But if you feel like pelting rocks at me for writing two posts that seem to oppose each other than that’s fine. *puts armour on* Anyway, onto the list!

  • I don’t have to remember what page number I’m on. Scrambling for a bookmark is too much effort so I always end up trying to do it by memory usually. Let’s just say a lot of events seem to happen twice or not at all in books for me.
  • I can take lots of books with me wherever I go, without having to take up weight lifting. I may not be building arm muscle, but I am saving the lives of bag straps.
  • No one knows what I’m reading. Which means I could read Fifty Shades of Grey on the bus without people looking to see my bondage induced facial expression. Or I can read Winnie the Pooh without teenagers giggling at my book choice. More likely the second.
  • I don’t know what other people are reading on their Kindles. Which means I can imagine other people are reading Fifty Shades of Grey and judge them accordingly.
  • I get to read loads of novels that I wouldn’t have been able to without it. It’s nice to read something different once in a while.
  • I can instantly download whatever I want. No waiting until the shops open, and I can also pretend I haven’t spent anything (which is what I always do when I use my card online haha).
  • I can buy things without my mum asking what it is I’m reading. Which means I don’t have to listen to ‘Couldn’t you have picked something happier with talking dogs or something’ anymore.
  • Lots of books are cheap or free. Free is my favourite price.
  • It doesn’t take up masses of space on my bookshelf. My other books do not get angry with it taking up their space.
  • I don’t get filled with rage when the spine gets wrinkled. The spine never gets wrinkled.
  • Nobody can write in or deface any of my precious books. No more bent pages after some cruel corner-folding hooligan has borrowed a book.
  • Technophobes/people who still think we’re living in the 1950s may think I’ve acquired some form of alien device and therefore don’t sit near me on the bus. This hasn’t happened yet, but hopefully some day.

I’m not saying everyone should go straight online to purchase a Kindle, I’m just saying I love mine. After all, I don’t want to be responsible when you develop book-sniffing withdrawal symptoms. And I don’t want yet more rocks throwing at me for bad recommendations. Ouch.

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10 Comments

  1. I really should use my Kindle more and get back into reading. I use to love reading during my commute but have stopped for a while. I can’t help falling asleep on the train.

    Time to get back to my Kindle and find that list of books that I haven’t read.

  2. I don’t have a Kindle but I also read books on ebook readers (I use Google Play Books). I couldn’t agree with you more on bookmarking and saving the lives of bag straps!
    Free is also my favorite price haha.
    I hate it when a book’s spine gets wrinkled. Whenever I read a “real” book, I’m always careful with not reading it spread wide.

    I just hate it when people say that reading books on ebook readers are not “reading”. I think John Green once said something about it on a vlogbrothers’ video. Something along the lines, “as long as someone is reading, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a real book or an ebook.”

  3. I don’t have a Kindle, but I love using the Kindle app on my iPad mini 🙂 It’s what made me start reading again! Taking lots of books and instant downloads are my favorite part. It’s especially great for traveling, so I can pack light and also grab a few new books right before I leave.

    I didn’t think about the “no one knows what I’m reading” part. That is another big advantage! I still prefer physical books for some things (books with images or diagrams that sometimes get messed up in the e-book versions), but when it comes to novels, I prefer downloading them now.

  4. I definitely see the practical advantages of having a kindle. I just don’t know if I’ll personally invest in one anytime soon because I love the smell of book pages. Okay that sounded weird, but it’s true. Something about its touch makes it pleasurable for my hands. The spines are quite nice for decoration purposes too in case I build my own bookshelf in the future.

    Also, your third and fourth points made me laugh. And for that, I thank you. 🙂

  5. Instantly download what you want without queuing is certainly a big advantage. I still remembered how I will wake up early to queue to buy my Harry Potter books when it was just released. It will be awesome if i have a kindle at that time…

  6. Hi Amy. =) How are you? Just dropping by.

    I have a D2 internet tablet it’s where I download my ebooks into. I can basically do everything in it like a kindle. It’s pretty cool my mom’s friend got it for me as a early birthday present.

  7. Oh my GOD I hate crinkled book spines so much. Never thought of a kindle addressing that problem.

    But hey, it’s fair to have two opinions on something, and its fair enough to express both. Its your blog, after all!

  8. Kindles are great, but I advise you not to sit on it. I broke my first one this way so I ended up buying another one haha!

    Before I had an iPad I always used my Kindle for educational purposes. I use to put my lecture notes on there. But now I use my iPad because I can have my lecture notes in colour.

    I use my Kindle quite often but I have to admit I do love the feel of a real book in my hands. :/

  9. I don’t have a Kindle, but I do see the advantages of having one. Mainly people not being able to know what you’re reading. Sometimes I just want to sit back and read Jacqueline Wilson…

    Wrinkled spines and dog-eared pages are definitely the bane of my life…

    I have to say though, when I read a book, I like just holding the book, turning the pages, smelling the papery scent of it. That’s one of the reasons I find reading so magical. And also being able to see where you are in the story by looking at how far you’ve come.

    Thank you!

    Oh God I’m just the same. Even tops that don’t fit anymore I keep just in case I’ll lose like 20lbs in the future or something. xD

    Take care! xx

  10. I agree with all the points you’ve made, especially the weight issue! One kindle vs many many books….the kindle clearly wins! I’ve wanted one for a while because I can discreetly use one on stage and read between cues without having the risk of turny-page noises begin heard on stage, but I can never bring myself to buy one!

    I still buy lots of books though, mainly art books or game guides that are hardbacked with loads of stunning pictures like the Hyrule Historia, , but they’re mainly for casual browsing when I’m bored. I’m too scared to read them often in case I damage the spine!

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