Advantages and Disadvantages of a Kindle (advice from a Bookworm)

The Kindle is easy to use.
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"But I like the feel of a book in my hands." We've all heard that line when someone brings up the Kindle or other e-readers. It was my standard line too. But I finally gave in and bought one. (Actually I asked my husband to get me one as an early Christmas present.) From my standpoint, here are the main advantages and disadvantages of a Kindle.

Advantages of a Kindle

  • It's convenient. You can carry five thousand books in your purse. It's great for traveling,and it's nice to always have a book (or a thousand books) handy when you're waiting in line or stuck in traffic. 
  • You can get an amazing number of books for free from the Kindle Store or from websites such as the Gutenberg Project. If something isn't available in Kindle format, you can send it as an attachment to a special e-mail address, and it will deliver it automatically to your Kindle  .
  • Recent books are a little cheaper in Kindle format than print.
  • You can also surf the web (clumsy but it works), listen to mp3 recordings (music or podcasts), and play games.
  • The dictionary feature is especially nice. Put your cursor in front of a word, and you can see the definition of that word immediately. A great way to increase your vocabulary
  • You can increase the font size. 
  • You can search for a certain word in a book.
  • You save a lot of trees.

Disadvantages of a Kindle

  • It's not a book. For the most part this isn't a problem, but you can't "thumb through" a Kindle, and in some ways it's harder to do research. (Although the search feature can make it easier in some ways.)
  • You can't read it in the tub. 
  • Photos are only black and white at this point. 
  • It's harder to lend books to people. They are developing a feature where you can give a copy to someone for two weeks, while that book is absent from your Kindle . I guess that has the advantage of getting the book back after you lend it out, but it's still not the same.For a family it's a lot easier to just keep a book on the shelf and everyone can read it when they want instead of wondering whose Kindle has the book now.

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Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

I want a Kindle someday. But I admit I do like the feel of a book.


Lela B 5 years ago

Thanks for the advice. I'm thinking of getting one & you made me feel better about the decision :)


Omar Hameed 4 years ago

The new amazon kindle fire HD is more cheaper and it has attractive feature than previous series. check this out: http://ideaddict.tk/548/kindle-based-on-your-needs... Sorry my english is bad :)


srinivas 3 years ago

can i read my B.com books in kindle


lolo 3 years ago

I have a kindle, I fumble before I get what I want when I am using it. can I get the steps on how to download info from internet


Don 23 months ago

A kindle book also has no marketability...you can't resell it.


Susan 14 months ago

Ok, kindles are just great compared to books and are a lot easier to carry. It doesn't let us know where we have reached until and unless you have tried to do so. It carries so many books in 1 thin device and it also has many features installed whibch is good. In books we cannot increase the brightness or font size but in kindle we can! In the end I just want to suggest that book lovers please buy kindles as it saves a lot of paper too!


Sarah 4 months ago

I would like to buy it, but a friend of mines says it causes brain cancer, I'm researching to see if it is true

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