If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I was lamenting my decision to pay extra for 2-day shipping on the birthday gift I decided to purchase for myself with the Amazon gift cards that were so kindly given to me by my in-laws and my co-workers. I decided to go ahead and get a Kindle. Anyway, paying extra for 2-day shipping equals SIX DAYS to get to my house, but whatever. It’s here now.
Let me explain though. I’m pretty solidly rooted in the “give me a real book” camp and if I’d been using my own hard-earned cash it isn’t too likely that I would have purchased this for myself. But birthday money is birthday money and I was throwing caution to the wind. With so many books that are out of copyright available for free, I really couldn’t turn down the opportunity.
What sold me on the Kindle over the Nook (and a few others) was the fact that there was no backlight. The whole reason I choose not to read books on my MacBook is because of the eyestrain. I spend enough time here writing and reading blogs, no need for me to add to that. The E Ink technology that’s used in the Kindle is really cool. My worry the entire time was that I couldn’t get past the fact that what I’m reading is not physically a book. But this technology has brought us something that looks like a page on a book. It’s clear, easy to read, and something I’m very comfortable with now, just a few days after unboxing it.
The weight and the way you hold it helps as well. It feels somewhat like a book and you hold it in a fashion similar to what you would a traditional book. All the things I thought would hold me back are just not there.
So, here I am. A convert. No, I won’t be throwing all my books out and it’s doubtful that I’ll drop my PaperbackSwap account. I haven’t bought any full-priced Kindle books yet and I think it may be a while before I do. There’s so much available for free out there!
And the “Collections” feature? Something this OCD person can totally get behind.
Nope, Amazon didn’t give me diddly-squat for this. I just like my Kindle.