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Why I Love Kindle e-Reader; An Online Writer's Experiments & Helpful Tips

Updated on February 27, 2017
My Kindle e-Reader
My Kindle e-Reader | Source

Being a writer, more so, an online writer, reading is always my first love. I do carry a few books with me whenever I go out. And apart from reading, my great passion is travel. I love long journeys especially in Trains. Needless to say, books are my best companion during these trips.


Why I turn to e-Reader

Well, that’s a fine question. Till recently my reading stuff was physical books or what we call the paperbacks. Of course, reading physical books is more comfortable and enjoyable as you all would agree. It has smell and a sort of life too. Also, we can flip through the pages and it is eye-catching and a lot more you can add in flavor of paperbacks. I have heard and read many points in support of paperbacks. People passionately argue for physical books. I do admit. But I had my own issues.

Issues or problems with Paper books

The space was the first constraint. The two bookshelves in my home are already overloaded with books. It took a good share of my office room’s space. Since my book purchase is regular, the stock of my books is always increasing. Then, how can I store them neatly? That was a big concern. I need to have more space; need to buy more shelves. It means I have to spend more on the storage facility with more shelves and book racks. It is unnecessary expense, Isn't it?. Space and money are of course twin concerns for anybody.

Less luggage more comfort

Less luggage, more comfort. That’s the motto of the Indian Railways. During my frequent train trips, I had to have carried extra weight in the form of luggage loaded with my favourite books. I had to suffer this thanks to my reading habit. My experience taught me one thing: More luggage, less comfort!. This concern finally necessitated on my part to think of a proper solution. I had had some more issues, which you will read in the subsequent part of this note. Hence, I took the best decision: Buying an e-Reader!

Easy to handle and easy to read. The Kindle is a pleasure to own and use
Easy to handle and easy to read. The Kindle is a pleasure to own and use | Source
The downloaded copy of "I too had a love story", one of the the most popular novels published in India.
The downloaded copy of "I too had a love story", one of the the most popular novels published in India. | Source

An e-Reader

What is an e-Reader? The Wikipedia defines thus: “An e-Reader, also called an e-book reader or e-book device, is a mobile electronic device that is designed primarily for the purpose of reading digital e-book and periodicals".

Then arose, another question: Which brand to buy? Since the market is flooded with all sorts of reading devices, I need to consider and choose the best one. My ‘detailed research’ finally zoomed on the Kindle of Amazon.


Advantages of Kindle e-Reader


  • · It is cheap and comfortable.
  • · No software required and is wireless too.
  • · No back-light. Hence no glare and eye strain.
  • · Pages look so natural and exactly like a paper book. You even forget you are reading on an electronic device.
  • · Downloading of books is fast and possible within 60 seconds.
  • · Easy and minimal control buttons to navigate.
  • · You can highlight and create notes.
  • · No need of internet to read and hence reading is possible from anywhere.
  • · Can read under bright sunlight since no glare.
  • · Long battery life, once charged it may last up to two weeks and more.
  • · Easy to read than a paper book thanks to its technological advancement.
  • · Can store more than 1000 books. The latest device can hold up to 3000 books.
  • · You can download free samples before buying a book. If you are not happy with the contents, you need not purchase it.
  • · It has an automatic backup facility. Once you accidentally delete a book, you can download it again free of cost thanks to the backup service of Amazon.
  • · It has Text-to-Speech feature
  • · MP3 files can be easily transferred to Kindle.
  • · You can listen to audio books.
  • · E-Ink, the most wonderful feature of Kindle makes your reading a pleasant experience.
  • You can even avoid your glass while reading by increasing the font size of the text.

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My 10 months experience with Kindle e-Reader

I have been using the Kindle for the last 10 months and based on this I can offer the following observations. E-books or for that matter, Kindle is a revolutionary reading device. It is easy to carry. You can even place it inside your breast pocket. My Kindle now carries 50 books. It is amazing that such a large stock is stored in such a small device. And interestingly I can add 1000 more to the gadget. Further, e-Books are cheap compared to the physical books (not always, of course) as most of the eBooks are priced less.

After getting a Kindle, my reading is a pleasant experience. Now I avoid taking physical books while traveling and experience the wonderful features of Kindle. Reading of physical books depends on certain factors such as proper light, possession of your spectacles (if you are aged above 40), etc. I had a bad habit of forgetting my reading glass at times and so I had to abandon my reading those times. Fortunately no such problems with Kindle since you can adjust the font size and line space easily. Moreover and may be the most striking feature of reading on a Kindle is its e-ink or electronic ink technology. This gives you the feeling that you are reading a real book! The readability is superb.


Inbuilt Dictionary and Reference Text

Another point that attracted me the most is the inbuilt dictionary in the device. Perhaps this is one of the most plus points of Kindle that your reading is never disturbed. In case you are reading a physical book, you need to stop your reading and go out for a dictionary when you find some unknown words. Here with Kindle, the dictionary is there just on a click away. Also, you get the definition and reference on your doubtful text, all on a click! We can search on net and Wikipedia through the device.

Easy Purchase of Books/Mags


When a new book or magazine of your interest hits the market, you need to reach the shop to grab a copy. You can also order the same through online service of the companies. But the problem is the long wait. It may take a few days to reach your hands after the deal is made. But here is the magic of Kindle. You can make the purchase within seconds thanks to the ‘Shop in Kindle Store’ facility of Amazon. Once you make the payment, the downloading happens within one minute. Wow! That’s a great experience and the real pleasure. Thus, you are ahead of the rest of the reading folks since you have got the copy of your favorite books or mags, the moment it hits the market.


Free Books

Amazon digital bookstore has tons of books in its stock and a good number of books are offered absolutely free of charge. You can even read some great classics too without paying a penny. Similarly, you can download free sample copies of the books you wish to purchase. The sample is a fantastic option to decide on your purchase. If interested, buy it, and if not, just leave it. That’s all. We don’t get such option with the physical books.


How Kindle helps your writing process

For online writers like me, the Kindle offers certain great benefits. Apart from a reading device and a digital library of your great collections, the Kindle works as a storage device of your personal documents. Their Personal Document Service is a fantastic option for the writers. You might be a little bit confused here. I shall explain.

I am a hubber and by now have written more than 100 articles for HubPages, USA, the world’s one of the largest platforms for online writers. Though your articles are stored in the HP’s servers safely and available for retrieval at any time, we need to be extra cautious. Suppose, one fine morning you find that HP is closed and your articles are literally lost or out of the trace. It is shocking and a painful experience to lose our cherished literary works all on a sudden. I am not exaggerating things here since such things had had happened in similar fashion elsewhere sometimes. The only safe option then is to have a copy of our articles stored elsewhere safely. The solution then is just to copy paste your works to a safe location (or drive) and ensure all time availability. In this regard, the Kindle is a sure choice. You can store all your articles in Kindle device. I have stored a couple of my articles in Kindle. To this job, what you need to do is just create an email in your own name suffixed with ‘kindle.com’ (for example, mine is ‘sunilkunnoth@kindle.com') and send your articles as an attachment to the device. It is there.

The added bonus of this scheme is that you can read your articles at your own convenience and comfort. It is a delight to our eyes seeing our own articles on an e-reader just like other great books stored in the device. And, believe me, this helps you in several ways as I had experienced. You can read, re-read and it will work like a good editing process. Errors such as with spelling and grammar can be easily found and corrected quickly. Our repeated reading will definitely point out some of the mistakes crept in the article. You can also use the inbuilt dictionary for the process and find some other suitable words for the one you wrote to make it more attractive.

Which device to buy?

Fine, that’s the great concern or confusion before making a purchase. Well, I can help you. If you are a bookworm or a passionate reader, you just buy a basic (entry) model, which is exclusively meant for reading purpose. Since its only usage is reading, you are not disturbed by certain phone features such as frequent texts (messages), ads and incoming calls. For all these features, you can depend upon a phone or tabs or something like that. Kindle Fire (Kindle’s Tablet) is another option to avail all these services simultaneously. But I, as a passionate reader, will always advise you to opt for the basic models of e-readers. My point is let your e-Reader give you the one and only comfort, that is reading, reading alone. If you stick on with this decision, you get a pleasant reading experience. A trouble free reading is a great experience. Plus, what you get is a lot of saving since the basic models cost you very little. Most of these devices can be purchased for a price below $ 100 or even less. I got mine for a price of Rs.5,000/- (price in India) which is equivalent to 82 $. To know the price features and order your Kindle, you can log into the website of Amazon.

To conclude my points here, let me suggest that a hubber or for that matter, any online writer must possess a reading device or what we call an e-reader. It will help him/her in several ways including their writing and related research as most of these jobs primarily involves reading. Kindle is a revolutionary reading device. Millions of people around the world are enjoying the comfort and luxury of a pleasant reading experience offered by Kindle. Give it a try to you will love it.

Happy reading!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @lex, I am glad to hear that from you. I know that a lot of people though they have Kindle, never read on it and some are even ignorant of its full potentiality. It is just to kindle their passion that I wrote this article. I will write more giving more ideas and tips on e-Book and e-Reader.

      Thank you for your comments.

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      lex123 2 years ago

      You have well presented the uses of kindle. I am a kindle lover for almost two years (presented by my daughter) and now I prefer reading ebooks on my kindle than reading the print books.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      My pleasure Sunil. I've been reading and deleting books, whenever I get the chance. Due to limited space, I can't bookmark. But i love my Paperwhite and you're welcome for the visit.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @Kristen Howe,

      My next purchase will definitely be a Paperwhite as it has certain advantages over the one I wrote here, that is the entry or basic model. You can remove some of the old books to get more space, but don't worry whatever deleted is stored (as backup) in Amazone server. It means at any time you can retrieve the one you removed but wish to read again and that too without paying any money. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment here.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @Akriti Mattu, thank you for your kind gesture. HP is a great platform to write and publish our works. The members here are so helpful and cooperative. Let's build a mutually beneficial relationship through this platform. We need to more active in Forums, Asking Questions, Reading Hubs, Leaving Comments and Sharing Hubs. Please read some of my hubs for more information in this regard since I have done a couple of hubs to boost the confidence of freshers like you.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      I'm gonna share ur post to my readers :-)

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @swalia,

      Your idea is fine that we can use e-Reader as a storage device also. But you need to take advantage of its main purpose, that is reading. The gadget offers you a fine reading experience. Please explore more and enjoy the pleasure of reading over an e-Reader after reading and grasping the points I highlighted here. Thanks for your comments.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I won my Kindle Paperwhite about 2.5 years ago and love it. Now I have space issues, since it's full and can't read ebooks on there anymore, until I remove some books.

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      Shaloo Walia 2 years ago

      i have a kindle for almost two years now but somehow haven't got used to it...purchased mainly because storage of books is becoming a problem...but still need to feel the book before reading it!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @Venkatachari Sir, thank you for reading and leaving your comments here. I wonder why you not use this gadget. It is easy to handle and the navigation buttons are simple and very user friendly. Please try it. The readability is superb and you will feel like reading a paper book. Thanks for sharing and voting up.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and useful facts about kindle e-reader. My son purchased one recently 2 months ago and spends most of his time at nights reading books and magazines on it. It is a very convenient tool for reading at any place or time and the weight is also not heavy for holding it. It's a great invention.

      I don't understand why I didn't get notification of this article.

      Voted up and sharing it on H+ and G+

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @Twilight Lawsns, I am so happy to hear that you have such large stock on your Kindle. It will give you plenty of time to read and relax. You, thus have a great opportunity to enjoy your reading. Keep on adding more and reading more. Best of luck. Keep in touch.

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      Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Sunil, I am just sending you this quick message; hoping that it will make you smile.

      I thought that you would be interested to hear that on my Kindle, I have a total of 663 items. Most of these are books which I have either bought through Amazon, or were free from them. Many of the other items are books which I have downloaded online, and then sent on to myself on the dedicated e-mail address we were talking about.... books, which I hasten to remind you, are out of copyright; so completely legal.

      Imagine carrying 663 books around with you at all times.

      Ha ha.

      Best regards

      Ian

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Nazeer Bhai,

      Glad to know that you have plan to buy a kindle soon. For study purpose, we need to make lot of reference and research with the help of net and mostly through Google and Wikipedia. In such a scenario, I think Kindle Fire will be a fine option as it has apart from reading facilities, things like audio, video and net browsing. I shall send you a link of some articles highlighting the specifications and features of Kindle Fire, an e-Reader cum Tablet manufactured and marketed by Amazon. Thank you for reading my hub and leaving some insightful comments.

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      Nazeer Rosevalley 2 years ago

      Dear Sunil. Thanks a lot for this useful, rare hub. I was just thinking to buy such n electronic devise especially for my son who has just started his higher education in Science. let me pls know whether this reader satisfies the needs of a student, such as referring study materials, downloading questions etc..

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Oh! nice to hear that. Please send me your review and photo of Kindle Touch to my email id. I would like to know its specification and features.Thank you for your kind words.

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      Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Sunil, just one more thing. I use the Kindle Touch and am happy with it. It does everything I expect of it and more.

      Best regards to you, my friend.

      Ian

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @Twilight Lawns, I am so happy to read your comments in detail and in support of my views in favour of the e-Reader. Though we may feel a little 'distance' first from this device, our love will increase by the time we increase our reading on this electronic device. The font facility as well las the amazing e-Ind technology are some of the best reasons for our love. A research has found that we read more and speedly on e-Readers. On purchase, your point is clear that it is cheaply available in USA. Recently one of my writer friends told me that he got a gadget for an attractive price from USA. Though he lives in India, he got it shipped by his friend there. Since currently I am using a basic model, my next purchase will be a higher quality one like the Paperwhite, But I never want Tablet for the reasons I already stated in the article. I will write my review after experimenting with the Paperwhite but surely after a gap. Your comments gave me some confidence and it seems my work is worth. Thank you for your kind words. Wish you success in your writing venture. Hope I can read it on Kindle soon. God bless you.

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      Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Sunil, a really worthwhile hub.

      I resisted reading Kindle for many months, believing, as many do, that the old fashioned paper books had a life and character of their own. I still like the look, the feel and the smell those old books, but i am a complete convert to Kindle for all the reasons you express so well.

      I have had a Kindle for a couple of years, or more, now and love it. I bought it through a great friend of mine who was also a Hubber, as she lives in the USA and I live in the UK. They are a lot more expensive here, so I sent her the money and she sent it to me... Even with insurance and postage and packaging, it was cheaper than having to buy it here.

      I have hundreds of book on my device and perhaps this may seem strange; I have found that it actually increases my reading skills; at least in speed. I have always been a very slow reader, although I have assimilated what I have read extremely well, but I have tended, in the past, to go back over the previous sentences and read them again, because I am a little dyslexic and have needed to reassure myself that what I have read was on the page, rather than what I had imagined was there.

      I love the facility of being able to e-mail my own documents, and also a novel which I am writing so very laboriously, to the dedicated e-mail address at Amazon. They send it back within seconds and I can read what I have written. Seeing one’s own writing “in print” is such a thrill. I have also had the satisfaction of “publishing” my own stories on Kindle, and have loved getting the feedback and supportive comments.

      As you know, there are many classic books out there which are now, because of their age, out of copyright, and it is wonderful to be able to read them.

      Thank you for your great and thorough article. I hope more people will take your excellent advice.

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      StormsHalted 2 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      If you come across any new information on these points please do comment and let me know

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @alikhan3

      For a trouble less reading, I strongly advise you to get a basic model or the paperwhite. If you buy Tablet like the Kindle Fire, even though it gives you a pleasant reading, it is often disturbed due to incoming calls and frequent messages appearing including ads. On e-Reader I think Amazon's Kindle is the best choice. Since I am using the basic model one, I am unable to read in darkness as well during nighttime. Also, I have never read a language other than English on this device. Hence, I can't give my word on reading another language on e-Reader. If you wish to read in darkness and night also, I think paperwhite will be the right choice. On scanned dox, I am yet to experiment it. Thanks for your reading and comments. Keep in touch.

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      StormsHalted 2 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Few more things I would like you to shed light on ....

      I was thinking of getting an ereader to avoid all sorts of distractions you get when reading e books on PC ......

      So I want to know can an e reader Amazon or Kobo display Arabic Urdu/Hindi fonts with the same usability as english?

      How is your experience with it when reading in darkness or in night?

      How will it perform if we intend to read a scanned document not the typed one?

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