Five best things about the Kindle ebook reader

I love to read. I love the smell of books, the feeling of holding a paperback in your hands, the act of flipping the pages, and getting lost in a story. So when e-book readers came onto the market, I was the biggest skeptic out there. Reading a book off an electronic screen just didn't seem natural to me. Over time, I gradually came around to the idea because I read so much that I kept running out of books. I received an Amazon Kindle ebook reader as a gift one year ago and I absolutely love it.

If you're thinking about getting one or if you have one and want to know more about its features, then read on. Here are the five best things about the Kindle ebook reader, in no particular order.

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1. It's small and light

The new Kindle weighs only 8.5 ounces and measures 7.5" x 4.5" x 0.3". That means that it's lighter than most paperback books and can easily fit into a small handbag or a narrow pocket of a laptop bag. You can hold it up with one hand, easily flipping pages with the click of a button.

2. It's easier to read than a book

Believe it or not, the Kindle is easier to read than a book in some ways. The Kindle's screen is different from a computer screen - the text looks just like a book's and doesn't cause eye strain like a computer. You can even read it in bright sunlight. There are advantages to it being an electronic device. Firstly, you can change the size of your text - if you're reading it from further away you can change it to a large text size. Secondly, it lies flat and pages can be flipped with the click of a button. This is great if you like reading at the gym - you can set it on your treadmill or other exercise equipment, leaving your hands free for other things. Finally, it can read English text to you, which is great for the visually challenged.

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3. It looks and feels good

The Kindle has a great design and is a really sleek looking e-reader. The exterior comes in white or black, and the finish feels smooth, but without being metallic or plasticky. If you don't like the plain exterior, there are many more interesting covers and cases that you can purchase. The screensaver (shown to the right) shows randomly selected black & white artwork, usually related to literature, which is a nice touch and makes reading with the Kindle even more of a pleasure. The buttons on the keyboard are relatively small, but the most used buttons (previous page, next page, menu, etc) are a good size, making it very easy to operate.

4. You can read more books

The Kindle makes it very easy for you to read more. Books can be downloaded in minutes, and with its large storage capacity, the new Kindle holds 3,500 books. There are many free books available, so you can read tons of books, including classics, without paying a penny. If you want to buy a book using your Kindle, you can even get a free sample so you can try it before you buy it. This means less paper books being produced, so for those of us who can't (or just don't) use the library or secondhand book store, you can feel a bit better about cutting down fewer trees.

5. You can do a lot more than read books

The Kindle can be used for a lot more than reading books.

  • Even if you're using your Kindle primarily for reading books, there are many other useful functions. You can annotate text, share passages with friends/family using social networking tools, share books with others, look up words using the Kindle's dictionary, or even access the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.
  • Read magazines, blogs, newspapers and pdf documents.
  • Play games. There are some free and low cost games on the Kindle, like Scrabble, Minesweeper and Solitaire.

Words of advice

  1. Buy a silicone cover (or similar) for your Kindle. This makes it easy to grip with one hand, and stops it from sliding around on surfaces like your treadmill.
  2. The Kindle doesn't currently allow you to borrow ebooks from your library, unlike the Nook and some other e-readers. I don't feel that this is a problem because of all the free books available.
  3. Consider whether you want to have a screen protector. I find it makes it more difficult to read in bright sunlight. Luckily, it's easy to remove if you decide you don't like it.
  4. Travellers beware - bring alternate reading material if you're flying because you can't read your Kindle (or any other e-reader) on takeoff or landing!

Five best things about the Kindle

  1. It's small and light
  2. It's easier to read than a book
  3. It looks and feels good
  4. You can read more books
  5. You can do a lot more than read books

Why I love the Kindle ebook reader

I love the Kindle for a lot of different reasons, some of which I stated above and others that are not so tangible. I even own an iPad, but I prefer the Kindle for reading because of its small size and easy to read screen. I'm glad that I have jumped on the ereader technology bandwagon, and I hope you will, too!

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Riviera Rose 5 years ago from South of France

I've got to say of all the electronic gadgets around, this one really appeals to me. Like you I love books, but am running out of space and see this as a terrific alternative. Interesting that you recommend the Kindle over the iPad - I wasn't sure between the two. Thanks for posting!


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chirls 5 years ago from Indiana (for now) Author

I had the exact same problem - I was going through too many books and it was getting expensive and taking up too much space. Strictly for reading, I would choose the Kindle every time. When you start to factor in all of the other functions of the iPad, it makes the decision much more difficult. The Kindle is cheaper, much more portable, and much better for reading (especially in the sun), but the iPad does so much more. I'm not sure which I would have chosen had they both been available when I got my Kindle because I love the iPad a lot, too!


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graceomalley 5 years ago

I think at some point I am going to end up with a kindle, and it is going to really change how I think of my living space. I mean, I organize my house around books. If I didn't need that space....suddenly the perspective really changes.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

I've seen so many folks out with these and I can't help but poke my head over their shoulder and watch. I'm like you though - I love books - the smell, the feel, the solidity of it. However, I have a legally blind son and I'm thinking that these might just be a really good solution for reading because they have their own illumination, etc. And as I go into old age, probably not a bad thing for my old lady eyes either! Will definitely be putting on my wish list!


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chirls 5 years ago from Indiana (for now) Author

Grace - It is interesting to think about a world, or even a house, without books. That would be kind of weird, although I think many of us could do with cutting back a little! I still like having a real copy of my favourite novels and really good cookbooks rather than the electronic version.

Audrey - I agree, the ability to change font size is one of the greatest things about e-readers. I love that I can still read it from a little further away or without my glasses. The nice part about the Kindle is that the price has really come down lately, so it's not such a huge splurge anymore.


imranhaider 5 years ago

nice hub


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chirls 5 years ago from Indiana (for now) Author

Thanks Imran! Glad you liked it. :)

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