Kindle Convert

4 Jun

Look At the Pretty Birdies

When The Kindle first came out, i wasn’t convinced i’d like it. I was worried about how reading from a screen would effect my eyes and positioning, i was a bit confused about how it would all work, and it seemed really impersonal; there’s something nice about a book, the smell of it, the feel of it, the place you find it. I like paper, it’s familiar, almost romantic. I was also put off by the £100 price tag – what if i didn’t like or use it?

I was convinced to give it ago when i got a smart phone. If you have one (or an iphone), you can download The Kindle app for free. You can also download tons of books FOR FREE, from The Complete Works of Shakespeare, to The Bible. This is a big tick for kindle, natch.

Quick Kindle App Review

Kindle Pros:

  1. If you have the app on your phone, chances are you have it with you wherever you are. Whenever you find yourself with a spare few moments, you can read- a big plus for me, someone who is always forgetting to bring her book along.
  2. Its much easier to fit a phone than the works of Dickens in your handbag.
  3. If someone recommends a book to you at 4 o’clock in the morning, you don’t have to remember to pop into W.H Smith, and rely on them having it, when you’re in town next Thursday. You can buy it there and then.
  4. Books seem to be quite cheap on there, i guess because they don’t have production and delivery costs.
  5. You can get a sample of a book before you buy it – for free.
  6. Books don’t need a bookshelf – or any physical space at all!

Kindle Cons:

  1. You can’t take it in the bath. I love love LOVE to read in the bath.
  2. The apps and store might be a bit tricky to navigate if you are a technophobe.
  3. The screen is small. You can make the font bigger but then you have to turn the page every 2 seconds (not a problem if you have the hactual kindle machine though, rather than the phone app).
  4. You can’t read very easily in the glaring sun (the kindle machine has a special screen to stop this though, so as above, only a problem with the app).
  5. The books tend to take up a lot of phone space (again, as above, not with the device).
  6. You can’t lend a great book to your friend 😦
  7. Books don’t run out of batteries! (thanks, Renee)

All things considered, i’m a Kindle convert. But books i love, i will always make space for in good old fashioned, touchable, hold-able paper on a shelf somewhere in my home. Wouldn’t be a home without it! 😉

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13 Responses to “Kindle Convert”

  1. paulaacton June 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I am a covert too and the freebie books are a huge bonus plus as so many bloggers chose to publish voa ebook it means I can get hold of their books and read them. I am using my bathtime reading to catch up on the huge to read pile i already have. I know that when I find books I really like the paper copy will still be bought but you missed the other bonus that kindle gives….the other half cannot see your kindle purchases you know the books you buy despite your promise not to buy any more lol

    • fringewalk June 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

      haha! And the porn he gets :O 😉 lol x

  2. rheath40 June 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I love a good book. The smell, the history, the broken and bent pages. But I gotta say a kindle is really handy. Till the battery goes dead. 🙂

    • fringewalk June 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

      Battery life! Excellent con i missed – thank you! 🙂

      • rheath40 June 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

        No worries. 🙂

  3. William June 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Becoming quite the Tech Junkie .. lol

  4. Pretentious FameWhore June 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    Not a kindle convert..sozzzzz 🙂 but I do read my books on my blackberry playbook now 🙂 and I download them illegally. Lolx.shame on me? :people nice article tho, makes me wanna buy one.

    • fringewalk June 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

      Huzzah for reading! In all its forms! 😉

  5. paulaacton June 5, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    If you would care to pop over to http://paulaacton.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/triple-whammy/ you will find an award waiting for you formal attire is optional and the goodie bags are in the post somewhere between here and god knows where and should arrive a week after their expiry date

  6. Sword-chinned bitch June 5, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    Shhhh…don’t tell anyone, but my book’s published on Kindle, but I don’t own one — I can’t read my own book — ahahahaha! You’ve sold me! I will get one soon.

    • fringewalk June 5, 2012 at 7:41 am #

      That’s really cool! get yo’ bad self a Kindle, girlfriend! 😉

  7. Tracie Louise June 5, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    I ADORE my Kindle.. had it for almost 2 years and it is the BEST thing ever! I move around a lot and being able to take my complete book collection anywhere I go is just the BEST.

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