Random thoughts on my Kindle…

So, a few weeks ago I was bought a Kindle.  I’ve always resisted the temptation because frankly I’m a total booky type person.  However, people have conspired against me, as they will and do, in some sort of grim determination to bring me into the electronic age and having previously been a bit outspoken against e-books I thought it only fair that I revisit my thoughts now that I’m actually using one and can speak from a little experience as oppose to a lot of prejudice.

Before I continue I must state emphatically that I will not be abandoning books!  Phew.  Had to just get that out there.  But, I will also be including a few electronic ones now.

On the plus side

- OMG there are a lot of books out there that are much cheaper on the kindle – this is a definite bonus when you read a lot.  Okay, there are some that are more expensive and I do struggle to understand why that is but, in the main, they seem to be cheaper.  (on the downside to this I will admit that you can become a little bit entranced in looking through the ebooks to the extent you find you haven’t done any reading at all for quite some time!)

- no need for book marks or bent pages – the Kindle just opens your book up to where you left off, even if you have more than one book on the go, no more losing your page.  No more watching as your book slides off the arm of the chair where you (thought you had) carefully placed it, bashes to the floor and loses your place!

- free samples – how many of those have I now got waiting to be read.  This is a definite bonus.  I know you can’t always tell from the first few chapters if you’re going to like a book or not you can at least get to check out a flavour of the book and also the author’s style – lets face it this isn’t really possible with paperbacks!

- Dictionary – okay, I’m not a total dunce but every now and again you read a book and there’s a word in there that you don’t know.  So, do you make a note, rush home and whip your dictionary out.  No, you don’t.  You read on and hope that the use of the word in the sentence has given you the correct feel for the meaning.  No need for that with the Kindle.  Okay, having said that, I haven’t used that facility – but, I could if I wanted!!

- plus, you can bookmark things really easily – so no need to make any notes or remember page numbers to come back and look at later – a definite plus.  although I do like my little notebook I must admit.

On the down side:

- does a book ever run out of power.  I think not!  How annoying is that, and, yes thank you, I realise it’s my own fault if I don’t keep the Kindle properly charged but you have to concede the point that this is not a problem you ever suffer with a book!  So, when I want to read something on the way to work and open the Kindle and then it just powers down – a little bit disappointing which brings me to the second down side

- because I’m not the best at keeping things charged, and because this means I may wind up in the situation of not having a book to enjoy over lunch, etc, then I now carry a book as back up.  Which rather defeats one of the main arguments for a kindle, i.e. lighter to carry in your bag, no more lugging around heavy tomes, because now I’m carrying a book and a Kindle (doh!).

- also, and this may seem lame – but its yet another gadget!  And, gadgets appeal to people with light fingers.  As much as I love books I don’t imagine anyone stealing one – but this is just something else that might attract unwanted attention.  I’m just saying!

- book covers – I think this is one of the biggest downside.  You download a book (oh, and that’s another bonus – it’s there straight away) but there’s no cover.  I like book covers.  I’m sorry but I do.  In fact I’m not sorry.  I’m not going to apologise for liking covers.  It’s a whole industry going on right there and I can’t help wondering what sort of bad effects this will have on all the illustrators, designers, etc.

- plus, just read a Christmas Carol – no illustrations.  The book I picked did have illustrations but the book I downloaded didn’t.  Okay, I don’t need pictures but that’s not the point.

So, that’s my experience so far.  Even Stevens.  Like and Don’t like.  I’m like Smeagol.  I loves it and I hates it precious.  So, for now, the jury is out, but I’m keeping an open mind and continuing with my experiment.

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19 Responses to “Random thoughts on my Kindle…”

  1. Colin

    I knew you’d crack! I’ll have to show you my new Kindle Fire HD, it’s amazing!

    • lynnsbooks

      Hey Colin. How you doing?

      Ha ha, I haven’t cracked – I’m just being open minded. You will have to show me your Fire – sounds like a sleazy ‘come up and look at my etchings’ line! Very funny.

      Lynn :D

  2. Colin

    I”m jolly good thanks! Paul text me before about a Chrimbo visit, so I’ll bring it then.

    The Kindle Fire is very sexy, so maybe it was haha.

    • lynnsbooks

      Excellent. Have a lovely Christmas day and I’ll expect to see you soon :)
      Lynn

  3. nrlymrtl

    I have to agree with you. I tend to read several paperbooks, and then fire up the Kindle for 5-7 books and then back to paper for 10-12 and back to Kindle, etc. And there are so many older books that just haven’t gone ebookish….while there are several newer books that haven’t gone paperish.

    • lynnsbooks

      I think whether I’m willing or not ebooks are here to stay so I’ve decided to get to grips with the whole thing. Will still be reading paper books – can’t help it! Also, I can’t miss a chance to buy when I see a good offer, plus books from friends and the library!
      Lynn :D

  4. Genki Jason

    Interesting read. I got someone a Kindle Fire because they have no more room for actual books!

    • lynnsbooks

      I can sympathise with that. I hate getting rid of books. Every now and again I have a totally (what feels like reckless) sort out and get rid of about 100 books (quite often some of those not even read) but I hate doing it!! One of my rooms is actually a danger zone not to mention a fire hazard.
      Don’t know if you celebrate Christmas or not – if you do then have a merry one and if not I hope you enjoy the holiday period.
      Lynn :D

      • Genki Jason

        I do celebrate Christmas! Merry Christmas to you, Lynn!

  5. Redhead

    Lynn, I had a similar experience when I borrowed a kindle. It was a super neat gizmo, and every day it seems like there are more titles that only available electronically . . . . but in the end, I’d rather have a physical book.

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – I’d always sooner have the book, but I figure I’ll have this alongside – for the books you can no longer get in paper! (Which does seem to be happening more and more!!!!). I could never be truly converted because it changes too many things. No more mooching around bookstores and flipping books open, no more charity shop book finds for the ridiculous price of 25 pence – actually bought The City and the City by China Meville for £1.25 last week – might not like it, you never know. But that’s part of the fun.
      Lynn :D

  6. Marie

    Oooh, that’s a nice balanced review of the Kindle – I haven’t caved in to the pressure to e-read yet but I am very tempted. I think my TBR would spiral out of control if books weren’t taking up actual physical space in my house, though (as if it isn’t out of control already!).

    Marie

    • lynnsbooks

      I’m trying to be measured. I’m a book person through and through really, but there is the issue of books that aren’t getting printed now and I hate to miss out! I suppose that’s another plus point to the kindle – you could have a thousand books on there but apart from the first 10 or so titles that you see when you switch on – you can’t see the rest. No guilt, no huge TBR staring at you in accusation.
      Lynn :D

  7. Novroz

    nice comparisson Lynn :)
    I wish I have kindle but they don’t sell it here :(

    the plus side, I think is the ability to find many books. My country has limited import books and ones I want to read often not avaiable.

    The stealing part is also a problem if I have one because I always travel by bus.

    • lynnsbooks

      I also travel by bus but it’s been fine. It’s a definite bonus having so many books to choose from – however adding to the mountain of TBR books is bad :(
      Lynn :D

  8. TBM

    I think I’m going to break down and well and finally get one. It will be a happy and sad moment

    • lynnsbooks

      I know what you mean. Nice to have but I’ll still have my books!
      Lynn :D

  9. Aunt Amelia

    Oh yes, book covers… -sigh-

    We haven’t yet gone for the techy way of reading……. I suppose it’s only a matter of time though… Due to my husband’s deteriorating eye sight…

    So, when we need one, we will. :-)

    Happy Christmas Eve…

    Happy Christmas…

    “Auntie”

    • lynnsbooks

      That’s definitely another bonus – you can change the size of your font and make it easier to read!
      I hope you have a lovely Christmas.
      Lynn :D

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