Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Kindle: Yay or Nay?

So my birthday is rapidly approaching and I am still undecided as to whether or not I should get a Kindle. Although DH got me my Christmas/Birthday present in August (that was my lovely black Mulberry bayswater) he is still offering to buy me one as he is so sweet. I love books. I love the touch and feel of them. I even like the smell of books. However lately I have found it more and more difficult to walk with books to read while commuting as my bag is usually full of journal articles and other papers. I also never walk with my iPad as it is also quite heavy and it is no problem to check my email or browse websites on my iPhone for short periods of time.


So friends, I need your help. What are the pros and cons of the Kindle? Please share in the comments. Also, if you think that I should get one, which of the many versions would you recommend?

Thanks for your help and take care!

25 comments:

thezeitgeistofzoe said...

two words: GET ONE.

i too have an iphone & an ipad, but i find the phone screen too small for any long term reading and the ipad too heavy (and expensive) to cart around w/me everywhere.

i have had a kindle 2 and loved it. i sold it when i got my ipad, but a couple outings trying to read for any length of time on the ipad made me regret getting rid of the kindle!

i received a gift card recently and used it to order a kindle fire and it arrived today. it's much lighter than the ipad and combines the e-reader functionality with some basic tablet stuff. i can totally see myself carrying this with me every day.

either the fire or the kindle touch (if you ONLY want to read on it) would be great options...but i vote for the fire, so you can leave your ipad safely at home!

~AspireToBe~ said...

Hi, CP!

How about entertaining another option? It sounds like you have the iPad Original - why not sell that one and get the iPad 2, which is substantially lighter in weight. With this option, you have the full functionality of the iPad while still being able to read all kindle books (via Kindle for iPad app) with the bonus of portability! The only downside (other than cost) is that there is a rumor of an iPad 3, release date unknown, (but if we wait for technology, we will always be waiting for the next thing and never actually purchasing any tech device).

Just a thought! Hope all is well :)

Femke said...

I've had my Kindle for a year now, and I love it. Especially when I went on holiday, I only brought my Kindle and not 10 books like I normally do. The downside is that most books are still cheaper to buy "normally". Ebooks aren't always available and most of the times they're the same price as normal books or even more expensive when there is a sale.

Nonetheless I wouldn't know what to do without my Kindle, it's so comfortable to read with, it's light, it's not at all tiring for your eyes, reads just like a normal book. Plus you can get cute covers for it :D

Steve said...

Yes... get one... I would recommend getting the one with the keyboard and with 3G, there are no monthly on going contract costs just a small additional cost up front.

I did a review on my blog when Alison got hers last year:

http://steve-morton.com/2010/09/25/amazon-kindle-3g/

Sharon said...

Yay, Yay, Yay!

Have to agree with Steve! Go for the 3G one with a keyboard, so worth the money!

I got mine in May for my birthday and have ready 15 books on it so far! I love it! Best present ever!

So go for it!

Get the iPad 2 for Xmas! LOL!

Angeliki said...

I would say get one. I, like you, loved the touch and smell of books and I though I would have hated my kindle but now I go nowhere without it. I wrote a review about it on my blog
http://repsych.blogspot.com/2011/04/kindle-review.html

My only piece of advice, be careful with the case you buy to match the model of your kindle.

Steve said...

Also see the following posts:

http://alison-morton.com/blog/2010/09/26/the-3g-kindle-has-landed/

and this one for covers:
http://alison-morton.com/blog/2010/10/28/colour-me-red/

They do one in Purple you will be pleased to hear!

Healthier And Wealthier said...

I don't have any of those so I'm no help. Don't think I'm a Kindle person, yet, but I do have a Kindle Store on my site if you decide to buy. :) BTW, my post today is about you. Give me a few to finish it up and then come visit. Sandra

caribbean princess said...

Thanks for your advice Zoe. I have to read more about the Fire although as DH already got me a pricey gift I want to keep the costs down.

Ahhh Aspire. The iPad 2 is lovely but I am still so happy with my iPad 1 that I can't see that I should replace it and the resale price is not that great to be honest. When it eventually dies I will replace with whatever is the newest Apple gadget on the market! hehe

Steve your review is excellent and has really convinced me. Also if book o phile Alison is a fan then that is even more encouraging!

Ahhh Sharon, no iPad 2 for Christmas. I have got myself a lovely bday/christmas gift already!! My handbag obsession is waning now though!

caribbean princess said...

Angeliki your review is very convincing and I enjoyed reading your pros and cons. The links within your post are also super helpful. I will have to read through those on the weekend!I will definitely be careful when I buy a case.


Thanks Steve, you know how much I like my pretty colours ;-)

Ahh Healthier I shall check out your Kindle store if I do buy. Does it matter than I am in the UK? I have an amazon affiliates link that I can use also. I will definitely check your blog out.... Now I am nervous! hehe.

katka said...

Definetely get one. Agree with Steve...3G keyboard. I got kindle few months ago, and I`m really in love with this thing. And must say, I have huge library at home and I love paper books. But stil...

J said...

Get one! I have a second generation which I received third-hand, but I still love it! I'll definitely be getting the 3G + keyboard if/when this one ever wears out!

I also blogged about them here:

http://thecrazylifeofj.blogspot.com/2011/10/things-i-like-amazon-kindle.html

LJ said...

Get one, get one, get one. I got the 3G with keyboard for Christmas last year and use it all the time. I have read so many books on it that it is actually quite ridiculous. Amazon have loads of free books and cheap books as well which is really nice as it encourages you to try books that aren't necessarily on your wishlist, but I have found some pretty good ones in there. They also have some cracking sales on there. x

globetrottingcacti said...

Long time no speak... hope all is well. I've had mine around 14 months (when they 1st came to the UK) so mine is an older model with the keyboard. LOVE IT! Light-weight, no eye-strain as e-ink and it holds the charge around 1 month (I could not have coped with another gadget to put on charge every-night)...

One negative though.... way too easy to purchase books with Amazon One-Click!!! You have been warned...

PS Not sure the Kindle Fire is available in the UK. I purchased some e-books from the Amazon USA store and received a warning e-mail from them... whoops!

Ray Blake said...

Get it. I have the 3G model but personally wouldn't advocate spending the extra money; I've never had to use the 3G in over a year of use.

I resisted the Kindle for hte longest time. I am a voracious and obsessional reader and lover of books. At first, ereaders seemed like blasphemy. Gradually I warmed to the idea and took the plunge. I'm so glad I did.

Now, the font and point size I read in is up to me - I can set it to be teh same for every book I read, of I can vary it whenever I want. I can get virtually any book in my hands within a minute, many for no money at all. My books will never fox, never get wet, never suffer spine creases and I don't have to advertise to the whole tube carriage what I'm reading.

I just flew to Bermuda to do some work here. Last time I did that I didn't have a Kindle and one of my cases simply held books. This time, the kindle sat in my hand baggage, loaded with 30 books and able to access thousands more at the drop of a hat.

If you like books you WILL like the Kindle. Even if you like the feel of turning pages. Even if you like the small and look of books of your shelf. Even if you have no other electronic device. Get it.

Jotje said...

I'm sure I will be the last person on this earth oldfashioned paper books. I cannot imagine not holding and touching paper while reading! I alsmost studied to become a librarian, just because I love books so much (LOL).
I'm all pro-gadgets (hey, I even have the Kindle app installed on my iPod for the occasional PDF-document), but DH and I have accumlated a library of hundreds of books and I really couldn't transfer all of those to the e-version....

caribbean princess said...

katka thanks for your opinion. I think I am leaning towards the 3G with keyboard.

Ahh J I remember reading that review. I shall check it out again. I wish I had a friend with a spare one for me to trial!

LJ hehehe.The 3 G with keyboard is my favourite option now. Only 2 models are available in the UK. You will have to recommend some books for me!

Globetrotting hello hello! I hope you have been well. I am not sure Kindle Fire is available either. I am running out of space for paper books so this would be a good option.

caribbean princess said...

Ray thanks for your detailed advice. DH wants to get me the wi fi only one but I feel like I want the option of 3G. I love books.But I am not loving the fact that I don't have much room in my house for many more. And I don't like clutter either so the Kindle sounds optimal! hehe


Jotje you probably will be :-) If I didn't have to commute with so much stuff I would stick with paper books. As it is I am leaving books home and opting for journals etc and the Kindle may enhance my journey! DH and I have loads of books (and this excludes most of my medical books which are back in Trinidad) but I am running out of space. I think I need a bigger house!

Savannah said...

This is one case in which I feel a Kindle would be good investment. If I were traveller needing alot of heavy reading material I would seriously consider it to lighten the load. I'll stick to my bound books myself because I don't fit in that category. Sorry I can't offer you any tech advice.

TheProDiva said...

I'm so glad you asked this question. My mom wants either a Kindle or a Nook. Since I don't own either, I don't know which one to get. Currently reading your comments to learn more!

Jorinde Berben said...

Haha, not sure you still need any more advice, but I was in a similar situation. I love books too. I smell ALL the books I come across (my students think it's totally weird) and love the feel of the paper. But I don't necessarily need to own them, and I don't like how they just gather up dust on a shelf once I've read them.

For the convenience of traveling and carrying, I got a kindle DX for my birthday two years ago. I use it every day. It's a little big, so for reading I'd recommend the smaller one, but this one is great to read PDF's (my lesson plans/schedules) and for using as a small portable screen in classes with few students.

So just because you have a Kindle doesn't mean you're betraying books or won't read them anymore. You could just have the benefit of both.

terriknits said...

I don't have a Kindle, but I do have a Sony eReader Touch. I love it to bits. I don't really miss the tactile feel of the weight of a book and the turning of the page. I still "turn" the page by flicking the touch screen. I just find a digital reader so much easier in all aspects.

caribbean princess said...

Savannah I agree with you! :-)

Pro Diva I shall investigate the Nook as well. Will definitely do another post if Santa brings it!

Jorinde you make such great points. I think I need to get over guilt of moving to 'electronic books'.

Terriknits I need to look at the Sony ereader as well. Glad you enjoy your digital reader.

LJ said...

3G makes it so much easier. I know I can be pretty useless at being organised so I would guarantee that only essential stuff gets done before I go anywhere (and the downloading of some new books would not be on that list - it would try to be, but you can guarantee that I wouldn;t get round to it). Having the 3G means that you don't even need to think about it - love it!!! But still prefer to go online with my laptop to browse generally - and yes, one-click ordering is very dangerous!!!

David Popely said...

I know I'm *way* too late here - also, that I'm swimming against the tide - but I do not, nor will I ever, own a kindle. I am a *very* enthusiastic book buyer and owner, and so far as I'm concerned, the *only* proper place for the published word is in between two (preferably hard) covers, on paper, from a reputable publisher (not one of the new vanity publishing websites). Yes, I *know* I'm a 'book snob', but this is one standard I won't compromise for the sake of techy geekiness and trendiness.

On a more serious note, if these things are allowed to take hold, it will only be a matter of time before the digital universe is flooded with corrupt copies of book texts. I'm already encountered corrupt PDF texts of books purporting to be scanned, which have footnotes etc completely missing. This menace needs to be stopped and stopped quickly. In a book of fiction I could reluctantly understand it, but not in supposedly academic texts. Ever.

Well, that's my two-pennyworth. Techies, feel free to throw your bricks now.... :)

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