Thursday, April 12, 2012

To Kindle or Not To Kindle. That is the Question.

Last Christmas my husband gave me a Kindle Touch. At first, I thought it would be fun-- I love reading and figured I could download some classics and such for free, check some titles out through the library's Overdrive website (if you haven't been to Overdrive, you really should. Ask your library about checking out free audio and e-books. If you're in Utah, I know they have access codes for you!!) and I wanted to be up-to-date (or close) on what's being used right now. Not having the funds to justify a Kindle Fire, we went with the Touch.

It was okay, as far as the technology goes. I have an iPod Touch, and I couldn't help comparing the speed of the Touch's response to the Kindle's. No comparison. The Kindle was slow to respond and often didn't do what I was trying to tell it to do. I did figure it out, though, and downloaded some free books, including a demo version (I think one chapter) of "The Eye of the World", which I was planning on reading again as this is the year of the "Wheel of Time" for me. 13 books, the 14th coming out at the end of the year, I can average 1+ a month easily.

I began reading "Eye" and enjoying it so much that I considered buying it for the Kindle so I could continue that way. Each book in the series costs between $7 and $10. Each. Um... I already own them in print, so why would I spend that much? I opted not to buy them.

I put the Kindle aside, picked up my book version and didn't pick up the Kindle for a week. Then I realized a few things.
  1. I didn't want to spend money on ebooks. I work at a library and I own the books I was planning on reading for most of 2012 already.
  2. As such, I probably wouldn't even use it very much for the entire year. 
  3. In a year, maybe I could afford something better, like an iPad or a Kindle Fire or some other tablet-type thing that I could use as an e-reader as well as the best toy EVER.
So I returned it. He had put half the cost (total was about $100) on a credit card, so I paid that off and took the $50 and spent it on... drumroll please... books! Yep. I bought books with it. Sigh. I'm incorrigible. 

Would I recommend a Kindle non-Fire? Absolutely. It would be the perfect thing to take on trips-- especially if you can afford trips. And eBooks that you actually want to read. In fact, if I ever get to go on trips, I might just invest in another Kindle for that very purpose. Maybe. I'm hopeful that they will just continue improving so that by the time I'm ready for one, they will be as awesome as my iPod Touch, but big enough to read comfortably on.

I'm curious about how others feel about their Kindles, Nooks and e-readers. Have you enjoyed them more than I did? Do you feel like it's justified to pay money for books you already own, just to be able to read them on the e-reader? 


Diana Guess said...

Personally, I love everything about this great reading device. I can have hundreds of eBooks downloaded from All you can books and also we can play games, watching movies and it has so many other interesting features.
The only inconvenient is that I don't have too much spare time to read whatever I want and when :(

Steph said...

Games and movies? You must have the Kindle Fire! I would like to get my hands on one of those for a while. :) I will definitely check out the link, thanks for sharing it! I totally understand about not having enough reading time. When I became a librarian people said, 'oh you must read all the time' and I learned that no, instead I'm at the library all the time! My new best friends are my audiobooks.

Jaymie said...

So, I just have a regular old Kindle w/ the wi-fi and 3G. I have to say, I love it! I would eventually like to upgrade to the Fire, but this one has been fabulous. I tend to keep it tucked in my purse so I have it with me at all times.

It definitely doesn't replace a good old-fashioned book, but there are times when it's just not practical for me to carry around books. I like that with my Kindle, I've always got a wide variety of ebooks at hand so that I can find something to suit my mood.

I will say that most of the ebooks that I have are the free books or the daily or monthly deals from Amazon. Occasionally, if I can justify it by working it into a project for one of my classes, I'll buy a full-price version. It's come in handy in class to be able to download books that I need for my studies.

I think for me it's like comparing apples and oranges. I love both real books and my Kindle. They just have different purposes in my life.

Steph said...

I agree, Jaymie, it's apples to oranges. That's true. I'm glad you are loving yours!! I know if I felt like I would be using it, I would have enjoyed mine more. I just didn't see myself using it for at least a year, and figured we ought not have debt for something not being used. I know I'll get one again someday, when the time is right. Using it for school is a FANTASTIC idea. I'll have to keep that in mind in a couple of years when my oldest starts college!!