Why you should buy a Kindle Fire
As an avid book lover I have been extremely skeptical about e-reading devices since they came out. The concept seemed very Star Trek and it was sad at first thinking about not being able to hold a book while reading. There is something about turning the pages and being able to see how much you have read and how far you still had left to go. The smell of a book and the weight are all part of the reading experience. Coupled with the fact that most books aren’t in any way cheaper and I was very reluctant to fall on the e-reader bandwagon and I continued to purchase hardcover books and try to find places to store them at home.
However, after re-arranging my bookshelves for the fifth time and stacking series on their side to fit more I realized that an e-reader would be a very definitive way to solve my storage space issue. Once I conceded to at least one pro I found myself more open to other ways it could be useful. These include but aren’t limited to convenience, overall money saving, space saving and durability.
Let’s start with convenience. A person no longer has to wait until the end of the work day and drive to the local bookstore to get the new release they had been waiting for. Within seconds a book can be downloaded and available for reading. It is also extremely convenient for traveling. I don’t know about other people but I usually bring at least 2 books on me for any vacation. They are usually hardcover and very heavy, which these days means more money at baggage claim or at the very least you have to lug it in a carry-on. With an e-reader you can carry hundreds of books in a device that is less than a pound.
After becoming a proud owner of Kindle Fire after obtaining one as a Christmas present I have come to realize that overall books are less expensive when purchased on an e-reader. While it is true that publishers still price new-releases at about $13.99 or $14.99 there are hundreds of books that are completely free and many more than you can purchase for $4 or less. The first night I had my Kindle I downloaded at least 10 free books. Also I have noticed that some authors write short stories or novellas as a filler in a series that are only available for an e-reader. There are free applications for your computer however who really wants to sit at their computer for hours to read a story?
Obviously if a book is being downloaded into what is for all intents and purposes a mini computer you will no longer have to find shelf space for all your books. It gets tedious after awhile rearranging an entire collection because a new book is 800 pages and you only have enough space for a book that is about 600 pages long. Also, if you have ever moved 200+ books you know how heavy and expensive it can get for a mover to transport them all to your new location. With an e-reader all you have to do is put it in your purse and be on your way.
An e-reader, especially if used with a case, is more durable than a paper book that can rip or have the binding melt or fall apart after multiple readings. I have seen people that after reading a book so many times it had to be held together by a rubber band. I lived in an apartment for awhile and there wasn’t enough room for bookshelves so most of my books went into storage in the attic. It wasn’t as weatherproof as it probably should have been and as a result the binding on at least 15 books melted and the cover fell off completely. Unless you throw your e-reader across the room or drop it in a pool of water it wont be destroyed.
All of these points can apply to any e-reader however I prefer the Kindle over the Nook or another device. I was able to handle both and I found the Kindle to be superior in ease of use and overall easier to read. The display was much better on the eyes and it is more comfortable to hold and carry. Everyone has their own preferences but for my money the Kindle Fire is superior in every way. The Kindle Fire isn’t just an e-reading device either. It also connects to the internet and you can download apps and play games, watch movies and listen to music. You can do almost everything an iPad can do at a fraction of the cost.
If I had to name a flaw the only thing I could bring up is the battery life. For the average person getting 8 straight hours without having to re-charge is probably not a problem, however for someone who can spend an entire weekend curled up with a book it was a mild annoyance having to stop and wait for the re-charge to continue reading. Although, I have to admit it takes very little time to charge from almost empty to full battery life.
So, as a lover of books and a former skeptic I hope more people realize the benefits the Kindle Fire can provide and give it a chance like I did.