I got my wish for Christmas, a new Kindle! Because I spend a lot of time reading, this is one of the coolest gifts I've gotten this year. The Kindle has a lot of fun features and it's added a whole new experience to reading.
But even with all the Kindle cool features, most of which I never knew it had, I actually had one very specific reason for wanting a Kindle this year…
I purchase lots of ebooks online which are documents in PDF format, but since I read all day in front of a monitor I prefer to print out my documents and get cozy in my recliner before I start reading. The problem with printing out ebooks and PDF's is that it's a huge drain on my printer's ink supply, not to mention the reams of paper I go through.
With the Kindle, PDF files can be easily downloaded. I can connect my Kindle to my computer, drag and drop all my ebooks and PDF files and have them downloaded in a matter of minutes, I love it.
Last night alone I read 2 ebooks in bed that I've been wanting to finish for months.
The Kindle actually makes reading easier
When I told my husband I wanted a Kindle for Christmas, his comment was…
"Why do you want a Kindle? You read on the computer all day, isn't a Kindle just a smaller version of a computer screen?"
No, not at all! Amazon designed the Kindle to read just like a book, only they made it better. The high contrast no glare screen doesn't strain my eyes, which can be a problem for me when reading actual books. With the Kindle, there's no strain whatsoever, I personally can appreciate that
The size of the Kindle is ideal, it fits perfectly in your hand and they've positioned the forward and back buttons so that a simple click of my finger quickly turns the page. I can highlight passages, make notes and with the Wi-Fi capability I can easily click over to the web, very cool!
Unfortunately the Kindle screen is not backlit, so I need an external light if I want to read in the dark, which I do sometimes in bed when hubby is sleeping. Right now I have a small desk light that I use but Amazon makes a clip on light that, by the way, I just ordered. It clips right on to the Kindle and should work much better for those late, dark nights
On the flip side, the Kindle is perfect in bright sunlight, there's no screen glare and my eyes don't feel any strain when I'm reading anywhere outside. Overall it's just easier on your eyes, period.
Another feature I'm really having fun with is the audio or text-speech option that let's me listen to my books instead of reading them, however I found out that the audio feature doesn't work with non-Amazon downloads, in other words my ebooks and PDF files are not compatible with the audio function, darn ;-\ But it works great for the Amazon downloads. I might not be able to listen to my ebooks but I'm looking forward to downloading a few novels I've been wanting to get and letting my Kindle read me a few bedtime stories 😉
Do you have a Kindle? What do you think of it?