After a lot of going back and forth, I finally bought a Kindle Paperwhite a few months ago and I’m pleased to tell you that I’m glad I did. As an avid reader and a big book lover, my biggest apprehension about switching to an e-reader was not being able to have that wonderful feeling of touching a book and flipping through its pages. But I’m so happy with my decision to buy a Kindle because the incredible plethora of benefits it offers far surpasses any apprehensions that I had about the Kindle.
Here are 10 reasons why you should buy a Kindle:
The biggest reason I love the Kindle is simply because of how convenient it is to use. It’s the perfect size to hold, is very lightweight, and you can read it in the dark. Another great feature is that you can change the font size based on what suits you. The Kindle looks sleek and is just delightful to use.
The battery life on the Kindle is great. A single charge can last for about four to five weeks, so you really don’t have to worry about charging it frequently.
3. Save Physical Space
As lovely as it is to have an extensive collection of physical books, having a Kindle is an efficient way of saving physical space. A Kindle can hold thousands of books, which would be impossible to achieve with actual books.
4. Reduce Eye Strain
Unlike phones or tablets, the Kindle is really easy on your eyes and is very comfortable to read on (its almost like you’re reading an actual book). Also, the display on the latest Kindle Paperwhite is specially designed to prevent glare, even in sunlight.
5. Perfect Travel Companion
The Kindle is so small and lightweight that it is easy to carry around anywhere you go. And you don’t have to worry about the edges of your book folding anymore. It also helps that your entire library fits in this mini device, so you’re spoilt for choice while on vacation.
6. Read In the Dark
Whether you want to read after dark on your way back from work or just before going to bed when your lights are off, the Kindle Paperwhite is just perfect because of its backlit screen. You can also adjust the brightness of the screen based on your convenience.
7. Kindle Books are Usually Cheaper
Based on my observation, the Kindle versions of most books are considerably cheaper than their paperback and hardcover editions. In the long run, I suppose the price difference makes up for the cost of buying the Kindle device. You also end up saving money on the shipping cost, which is an added bonus.
8. Improve your Vocabulary
The Kindle has an in-built dictionary from the New Oxford American Dictionary to provide instant definition look-ups while you read. All the words looked up in the dictionary are automatically added to your Vocabulary Builder to enable you to remember the new words you learn.
9. Access to Free E-Books
There is a large collection of books that are available entirely free of charge, including classics and self-published books. Also, you can sample books before buying them, which comes very close to browsing through a book at an actual bookstore.
10. Share Books with Friends and Family
With the Kindle, you can easily lend books to other people who have an Amazon account, without you having to worry about them not returning the book to you. The book is loaned for a pre-determined period of time, during which you don’t have access to it, and then it will be returned to you. Basically, you’ll always get your books back if you share them on Kindle!
11. Read Embarrassing Books in Public
We all have those moments when we’d rather not be reading a book in public. With the Kindle, you can indulge in your guilty pleasures without anybody around you having to know. It’s basically the 21st century version of hiding the book behind another (better) book’s cover.
So if you’re on the fence about buying the Kindle like I was, I’d definitely recommend you go for it because the Kindle has changed my life for the better and is well worth the investment. The only real drawback for me is the fact that it is black and white and while most books I read don’t have color, it’s good to have that option. I was also worried I wouldn’t enjoy reading from something that wasn’t a physical book, but it literally took me less than an hour to get used to and enjoy reading on a Kindle. It’s safe to say that the Kindle is one of my most used and loved tech devices at the moment.
As it is an Amazon product, I’d recommend buying it on Amazon. I use the Kindle Paperwhite but if you’re looking for something cheaper, check out the All-New Kindle E-reader (it has the same features as the Paperwhite except for the backlit screen), and if you’re willing to splurge a little, the Voyage and the Oasis are good options.
If you’re looking for books to read, here are some books I recommend reading for girlbosses.
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