For Christmas this year I got a Kindle (affiliate link). As an avid reader, I knew I wanted to transition to an e-reader sooner than later. I get a lot of questions as to why I didn’t just get an iPad. Well, after much thought, research, and reading Michael Hyatt’s insightful posts, I decided on the Kindle.
Before you iPad users start hurling electronic, flaming darts at my Kindle, read on.
Here’s why I like it and why you should get one too:
1. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE READING
Whereas the iPad is a multitasking device, the Kindle is simply an e-reader. I think this limitation is one of its strengths. For me to focus on reading great books and getting the most out of it, I don’t want to be distracted by Twitter, Facebook, email, blogs, notifications, etc. I think people read less these days because of those very distractions (which can be great in moderation, btw). As I’ve read the Kindle the last couple weeks, I’ve forgotten about the device and get immersed in the book. Score.
2. E-BOOKS ARE CHEAPER THAN PRINTED BOOKS
Most Kindle books cost between 7-10 bucks. You can’t buy books at Borders for that price any day. There are also over 775,000 books to choose from, which is the largest selection of any ebook market. I’ve tried to find books in Apple’s iBook store, and they’re just not there most of the time.
3. DOWNLOAD BOOKS IN LESS THAN A MINUTE
While the books are cheaper, it’s also easier to spend money on them. I have the Kindle 3G + WiFi so I can download any book anywhere in less than a minute. Painless spending. Keep it under control, and this is a great thing
4. ATTRACTIVE INTERFACE
To be honest, the Kindle is just fun to hold. It’s super thin, light, and easy on the eyes. I’ve heard people say that they get a headache after staring at an iPad for too long. Not sure if that’s true, but the Kindle really looks more like paper, which is great on the eyes.
5. CUT DOWN ON CLUTTER
Let’s face it. For the most part, you only read a book once. They usually just sit on a shelf for the rest of your life and just take up a lot of space. I like things to be minimal and organized, so the Kindle is great. I can hold up to 3,500 books on it. Did you hear that? 3,500. That’s more than I think I’ll ever read in my entire life. Here’s to a clean, clutter free home and lots of books. Score.
6. BOOKS SYNC ON ALL YOUR MOBILE DEVICES
This is such a great feature. Start reading a book on your Kindle, head over to your laptop and pick up where you left off with the Kindle app, then leave the house with your iPhone/iPad and continue reading. Each device syncs wirelessly. I love the fact that I have can have ALL MY BOOKS with me at ALL TIMES. Wonderful.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? ARE YOU A Kindle, IPAD, NOOK, SONY, OR SOMETHING ELSE?