Here’s how I decided to get the latest Kindle incarnation and how it works for me.
First, let me tell you that I love paperbacks. I love their smell, I love turning the pages, making line marks or notes in the margins. And I’m a fan of bookstores, of this whole serendipity thing that everyone talks about. You enter there to browse or buy one book, and leave with that book and two others.
It works about the same way with Kindle. The Kindle Store, easily accessible from the top menu bar, has Daily Deals, Monthly Deals, books Recommended for You, Bestsellers, and so on. Or so I remember. I don’t have a wireless network at home and can’t access the Kindle Store. Which, I found, is a good thing. I check Daily Deals on Amazon now and then though, because I found some classics at $1.99 and now I’m hooked.
That's a good idea, too, to use the app, but there are advantages to Kindle Paperwhite too. The screen technology is really nice . . . and it's not very expensive! But if you already have the iPad, I guess it makes sense to use the Kindle app there.
We have a Kindle app on our iPad. My husband loves reading books on Kindle. I would too, but he usually has it.
I put off getting a Kindle for a long time. Now I'm getting some great books as Daily Deals, and that alone makes it worth it, because the Gutenberg fiction I might have been able to get from a library, but those books are new and expensive and to be able to get them for very little is truly wonderful. If you want to see the kind of books they have for Daily Deals, search with "Kindle Daily Deals." Also check out some of the other deals there. Do note that some days are better than others. But the idea stands that you can find some little gems among those books. Some of the books I got recently: The Kite Runner, The Fault in Our Stars, a novel on Henry James, and an interesting book by Anita Shreve. I got them fast and they didn't break my pocket. Then again, as I say here, I don't always read on the Kindle. I love the feel of a book, and some books just don't translate well into Kindle format or can't be used well as Kindle books.
Mira, Your pros and cons are helpful.
It truly is amazing how much has been made available via Project Gutenberg. I refer to their holdings often while I'm researching, so it's practically a miracle to have hard-to-find treasures available in cyberspace.
Apparently Kindles have put a real dent into circulation statistics for local libraries; I've been told that the Kindle downloads which are available through local libraries' online catalog are not included, so circulation is down. :-(
One of these days I'll probably own a Kindle. Before your review, I had a vague concept. Thank you for enlightening me.
Thank you, VioletRose!
I love my kindle! Nicely written.
Like many things, it's addictive only if you let it. I still read paperbacks. But I'm very happy to have a Kindle now. In a way I wish I had waited till the release of Kindle Paperwhite 2, but the one I have is very nice to read on, too.
Kindle is certainly on my wish list. If not for this Christmas, I definitely want it in next year. Thanks for this review, I can totally understand the addictive part:)
Hi Kathleen, thank you for your comment! It IS great for traveling, isn't it? Makes for easy packing, too: What shall I take? What shall I take (to read)? The Kindle, of course :)
Hi Mike, I have read good things about Kindle Fire but I own a cheap tablet and so I didn't look at it closely. Thanks for your input!