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So, the Kindle. Is it Awesome?

January 25, 2011

In a word: yes.  It is awesome.  And I love it!

Before the holidays, I had posted that I expected to receive the Kindle as a present.  Turns out I was right, and my grandmother gave me the device.  I was super excited and tried it out the very next day.

Being between jobs, I can’t exactly go buy tons of ebooks.  However, there are THOUSANDS (this is not an exaggeration) of free ebooks available from Amazon and a number of other reputable websites.  So I downloaded about 30 books in my first day from Amazon alone before I decided to give it a break and start reading.

The screen is easy to read, and the device is easy to hold.  I am afraid I’m going to break it though–my friend told me the story of how he cracked the screen because it was in his bookbag without a cover on it.  Until I am able to get a cover (and a pretty skin or two for it), I will be treating my Kindle very, very carefully!  Aside from that worry, I’ve found the Kindle to be easy to use, easy to read, and easy to download for.

It’s a comfortable reading experience, but at the same time I kind of miss being able to turn the pages, to feel the paper in my hands.  Even though I love my Kindle and will absolutely get a lot of use from it, I can’t help but miss the paper versions more when I use it.

Thus the reason I really don’t think paper books will ever truly go away.  I may be proved wrong eventually, but I sincerely hope that will not be the case.  I think too many people will end up feeling the way I feel–that the technology of ereaders is fabulous, but it really can’t stack up to the experience of having an actual book in hand and reading that way.  The Kindle is great for traveling and Metro, and that will probably how I primarily use it.  But until the option to buy print books is taken from me, I won’t stop buying them.


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