When I first began book blogging last year, I bought myself a Kindle. Well, I bought myself a Kindle as a present to myself for passing my Master’s thesis defense BUT that was the day after I officially launched my blog, so it all blurs together in my mind. After a month, I wrote a post about the positives and negatives to having a Kindle. I have copied and pasted my original table below. Now that I have had my Kindle for a year, I thought it might be interesting to revisit my one month later thoughts and see what has changed since then.
|1. It’s lightweight. Throwing it in my purse won’t weigh me down, and it’s easy to carry around in my hand.||1. Sometimes under an artificial lighting, there is a glare on the screen, usually corrected by changing my position.|
|2. I now NEVER lose my spot or forget what page I stopped on.||2. I’m clumsy with the “forward” button|
|3. I have instant access to all my ebooks. No need to lug around a stack of books in case I finish one while I’m out.||3. Short(er) battery life, but this is because I use it more than the “average” reader (according to Amazon.com, the battery will last for a month if you read for an hour/day with the wireless off).|
|4. Instant downloads of my books. Seriously. 5 seconds after I purchase a book, it’s ready to read. No waiting for it to ship, no waiting until I get home to start.||4. Still limited sharing abilities.|
|5. The Kindle is not distracting; that is, I get sucked into a book as easily as I would if I were to read a physical book. I forget I’m reading on a Kindle.|
|6. Being able to read while eating (so I don’t have to stop!) just became 10X easier.|
|7. There’s a built in dictionary, and I get the definition of any word I want.|
|8. I can easily highlight, share, and retrieve quotes or parts of the book that made me laugh or that are important in some way.|
|9. The e-ink screen is freaking amazing.|
|10. Still needs testing, but it may actually be easier to read a Kindle outside than a physical book.|
Rather than doing another table, I’m just going to address each point I made, starting with the negatives.
PS. If you don’t want to read all the negatives and positives listed below, the summary is: everything is basically still true except sharing features are somewhat better. Now skip down to my new thoughts and read on.
- I think I was just being whiny. This is true, yes, but I probably don’t read in the best of lighting.
- Okay, I’m still kind of clumsy with the forward button and end up hitting it when I don’t mean to. I could just be klutzy.
- I’m rather particular about keeping my Kindle charged, and I don’t think it’s much of an issue anymore. The battery tends to go a lot faster when I’m reading with the cover light I have, but that’s to be expected.
- The sharing capabilities have definitely improved since last year. Most notably, libraries can now loan Kindle books. There’s still a long way to go with sharing, though. But for now, it suffices.
- This is still true. And after lugging around two copies of Bitterblue in my purse last month, the Kindle is an amazing alternative.
- Also true. Sometimes I accidentally exit out of a book I’m reading, buuuuut, my page is always saved.
- Three cheers for instant access!
- Three cheers for instant downloads! (on the flip side, sometimes I like the anticipation of a book arriving in the mail; it makes me feel like a kid at Christmas time)
- Still true. When it comes down to it, the story is more important than whether I’m reading a physical or electronic book.
- YES! OMG, YES! Part of why I love the Kindle so much is that it makes doing other things so much easier. Even when I’m not doing anything else (other than reading), it’s still easier to hold and read.
- True! In fact, sometimes when I read a physical book and see a word I want to look up, I find myself wishing for my Kindle.
- I don’t think I use this feature as much as I could, but it definitely helps when I’m writing reviews and want to quote something.
- I’ve tried reading ebooks on my phone, and it was a TERRIBLE experience. E-ink all the way.
- I still haven’t tested this. So sue me.
- Negativeish: Book blogging has turned me into a cover whore, and I’ve been caught in the “I want to see this book on my shelf!” problem. I’m too cheap to buy in both formats, and often times physical books win out.
- Positive: Reading the GIANT GREEN DILDO book would not have been possible without Kindle lending. Wait. I don’t know if that’s a positive or not.
- Negativeish: Book signings where I only have ebooks are difficult. I can get my cover signed (and have) but they stopped selling covers for the Kindle keyboard (I think) and so I only have so much space. I usually end up buying a physical copy and then get all, “Woe! Woe! I’m spending money!” because I’m cheap like that.
- Positive: I can read dirty, naughty books without anyone knowing what I’m reading. What? You know this is positive. Stop looking at me like that.
- Negativish: There’s still all that nonsense about ebook prices. While I don’t think ebooks should be extremely inexpensive (authors need to get paid, too), I do balk at ebook prices over $7.99. At that point, if I’m spending $8 or more, I’m going to get the physical copy.
- Positive: I’ve likely read a lot more authors and books than I would have if I didn’t have a Kindle (either indie authors or Kindle freebies).
- Positive: You can give ebooks as gifts with Amazon now.
Anything you’d care to add?