Happy Friday! Today I’m bringing you a review centered around reading preferences: do you prefer reading a physical book or reading on some sort of tablet? Typically, I prefer reading a physical book- I’ve always loved reading, pre-tablet days, and even now that there are so many options available to read books on a device. To me it’s just part of the experience of reading.
However, recently I’ve gotten tired of reading a book once, putting it on my shelf, and never touching it again. The past few months I’ve been trying to purge what I don’t use, and as much as I love books, I’ve realized that right now my space does not permit keeping 50+ books. While I plan to donate some of my current collection, downsizing to a tablet seemed to be the way to go to avoid this problem in the future, as well as cut down on the weight of carrying a physical book around.
I decided to get the plain, regular Kindle. There’s nothing special about it, and at under $100, it was a good fit for me. I didn’t need something super fancy or expensive, especially considering how I wasn’t sure I would even like it, so its simplicity works well for my lifestyle. I’ve broken down some of the pros and cons for you guys below, in case you’re considering getting one!
☆ Size- It’s so small and portable. I love that I can fit as many books as I want on it, while it fits in comfortably in any of my bags. Truly does not compare to lugging around a physical book.
☆ Variety- I love that you don’t have to wait for a book to be delivered, or go out and buy one when you want to try something new. There’s so many books to choose from, and at the touch of your finger tips, it makes reading so easy.
☆ Great for traveling- this goes back to the size, but if you’re someone who spends a lot of time on public transportation, or traveling, a kindle would be a great option. I love always having a book on hand in case I get stuck somewhere, but it’s not realistic to carry a book with me every where I go. A kindle resolves this problem.
☆ Deals- Amazon has a lot of good deals on books, and some you can get even credits back on, which you can put towards buying other books. The prices are also generally cheaper per book, so you’re saving money in multiple ways!
☆ Battery life- The charge is not the best, and I’ve researched ways to help increase the battery, but it still doesn’t work as well. It would be nice if the battery could last longer, but it’s not a huge deal breaker for me.
☆ Downloading- Downloading books can be a bit of a hassle sometimes. For some reason, if you want to download a book on your phone, the amazon app does not work, and you can’t make purchases through the actual kindle device. You have to go directly through a browser, and it took me a little while to fully figure it out. I do wish it was easier to use, but once you get the hang of it’s not too bad.
SO….in conclusion: I personally like having both as options. I read some books on my kindle, and if I know I’m going to be traveling, I’ll make sure to download some books on my kindle. If I’m just reading at home, I don’t mind the bulkiness of a physical book. It gives me the best of both worlds, so I encourage you guys to try it out and see for yourself!