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Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Kindle

Updated on April 25, 2015

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Reasons to Buy a Kindle Book Reader

Since it was first introduced in 2007, the Kindle has been one of Amazon’s bestselling products. While the initial version of the Kindle book reader was considered too expensive for many consumers, the current Kindle Wi-Fi is very affordable at $139. If you’re still contemplating the purchase, however, I’d like to share 10 reasons why the Kindle is an essential item for any serious reader.

  1. It’s easy on the eyes. Eyestrain is a problem for many people, especially those of us with jobs that involve staring at a computer screen all day. Fortunately, the Kindle’s E Ink technology makes reading a breeze. You can also make the text bigger in your book if you’re having trouble following along.
  2. You’ll save space. As an avid reader, my home is filled with books. In fact, I had so many books at one point that I didn’t have room for other things. (When you’re considering getting rid of pots and pans in the kitchen to make room for bookshelves, you’ve’ got a problem!). With the kindle, you can have a library of thousands of books that fits in the palm of your hand.
  3. You’ll save money. Buying books is expensive, but most Kindle titles tend to be cheaper than their printed counterparts. There are also excellent freebies available for the Kindle, including contemporary fiction and non-fiction. The list of the Top 100 Free Kindle Books changes regularly, so you can almost always find something interesting.
  4. You’ll improve your vocabulary. When you’re reading on the Kindle, just highlight a word and click on it to get a definition. You’ll never need to hunt for a dictionary again.
  5. You can sample Kindle books for free. If you’re contemplating buying a book, you can have a sample chapter sent to your Kindle free of charge. You can also have a friend lend you a Kindle book for a 14 day period.
  6. The design makes it great for multitasking. With the Kindle’s sleek design, you can read during moments that would otherwise be wasted. I love to use my Kindle when I’m on the treadmill, but I imagine the ability to read a Kindle book with one hand would come in handy for a nursing mother as well.
  7. Your Kindle can read to you. The Kindle works great for playing audio book files, but you can also make it read many of your standard Kindle books. The robotic voice takes a bit of getting used to, although it’s surprisingly soothing after awhile.
  8. You can play games. Although I wouldn’t suggest using the Kindle to replace a video game system like the Xbox or the PS3, you can download several enjoyable games for this device. Scrabble is a personal favorite of mine, although you can also find chess, mazes, crossword puzzles, matching games, and more. Game downloads are usually less than $5, which is a bargain for so many hours of entertainment.
  9. The battery charge lasts forever. One of my main complaints with most electronic devices is that I’m constantly digging out the cables to recharge the battery. My Kindle, however, can go almost a full month between charges even though I use it for at least an hour each day.
  10. Amazon has phenomenal customer service. If you ever have a problem with your Kindle, Amazon has some of the quickest and most helpful customer service representatives in the world. When my Kindle suddenly started freezing up, I called the Amazon helpline. Within 10 minutes, they figured out the problem was the defective metal prongs in my Kindle cover. I was sent a new cover free of charge; even though the replacement model came with a book light and was $30 more than the cover that was causing the problems.


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    • DonnaCosmato profile image

      Donna Cosmato 6 years ago from USA

      Excellent review! I'm trying to decide whether to put a Kindle or an iPad 2 on my Christmas list and was wishing I knew more about the Kindle. Thanks for sharing...I would never have thought I could use this type of technology while I'm on my "dreadmill"!

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      sarclair 7 years ago

      The Kindle has got to be the top wish on most peoples wish lists. I have one, and I love it. My boyfriend wants one now. lol...