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Is the Kindle Paperwhite worth it?

2019-02-02

It’s hard to judge whether a Kindle would suit you, because its advantages kick in after using it for some time. When you first use a Kindle, you experience a stark contrast from what you’re used to. You feel devoid of emotion, and of the fresh smell of a newly printed book. After using it for so long, even now, sometimes I feel a bit sad. The key here is to understand that your Kindle and your books don’t have to be mutually exclusive. I use my Kindle to read while I am traveling, and to read in dim light. But I order paperbacks for the more important books, those that stay on my shelf, for random reading and sharing with other people.

I also use my Kindle for books that I want to read as soon as possible. Waiting for a book is a part of the thrill, yes, but sometimes you just want to get on with it, and a Kindle makes it possible. As I mentioned earlier, you start liking a Kindle once you’ve used it for a long time… the reason for that is you get conditioned with a new ritual… that of the Kindle, albeit quite an unfancy one. As you start using it more often, you realize that the Kindle itself has a lot of quirks, and just like the smell of a book, you start liking the smell of the Kindle.

If you take the hardcover nostalgia away, the Kindle is quite advantageous in several aspects. One of the things I like, is that you can get word definitions in an instant. I never used to look up as many words before - even with the help of a phone. Also you can read it at night - you don’t have to get to the right place for ample lighting… you can just start reading anywhere. Battery hasn’t been an issue for me till now either, and so it is also great while traveling, due to its compact form. You can choose to display the time, and you can get other information like how much of the book you have read (in percentage), or how long until it finishes. The tracking metrics especially help motivate you towards finishing the book, similar to how when you’re halfway through an actual book, you can feel the weight shift in your hands, and you go faster from then on.

I also have a magnetic case which puts the Kindle on standby whenever I shut the cover. Along with that I have a screen guard, but that’s barely noticeable at this point. I don’t use the Kindle Store, instead I download files from the Internet and transfer them via my computer. I don’t get files for every book, so for some books I have to buy a paperback. Sometimes you do get the e-book, but the character recognition software doesn’t do a very good job, so it is not readable.

Go for a Kindle if you read a lot of books, but if you read books occasionally - you might be better off buying only those books that you wish to read.