So this post has been a long time in the writing. But here I am, at last! I guess the title already tells you what I’m going to be writing about – My new-found love for Amazon’s Kindle.
This post is going to sound a little bit like an advertorial, but rest assured that it is not. Even when I used to work at Amazon, in the Kindle department, I wasn’t a very big fan of e-readers per se. Although I liked the concept of e-readers, I personally remained a staunch reader of physical books – you know, the smell of paper, the feeling of turning pages and getting lost in them etc. I categorically stated that an e-reader, despite all the convenience, can never match the feeling of reading a physical book.
And I continued ordering books from Flipkart. And I continued reading them. But then there came a point where I had 2 shelves full of books, and some more stacked in my clothes cupboard, and no further space in my house to store them. And there also came a point where I was reading a book which was such an edge-of-the-seat page turner, that I never had the heart to stop reading it and go to work. I wanted to continue reading it while I was travelling to work, and during work (whenever I needed a mental break).
But let’s face it – books are heavy and cumbersome to carry, and lose to other more important stuff depending on the size of your bag. And as much as we’d like to read a million books, it is not really practical to keep borrowing your husband’s cupboard/shelf space to store your books. This is where e-readers win you over. 🙂
I know I’m a little late to join the e-reader bandwagon; but I was a little hesitant to try it out at first. However, once I created an Amazon account and started reading my first Kindle ebook, I was hooked! You don’t even have to burn a hole in your pocket in order to buy a Kindle. It comes as an app for most of the common devices we use, like PC, iPhone, iPad, Android phones etc. You can download the app free of cost, and start downloading and reading books right away.Alternatively, you can buy a Kindle device and carry that around too.
To know more about the free apps, please visit this page: http://www.amazon.in/gp/feature.html/ref=sv_kinc_3?ie=UTF8&docId=1000659093
To know more about the devices, please visit this page: http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B00CTWCGWM/ref=topnav_storetab_kinc
I’ve been using the Kindle app on my Android phone, and it is delightful. For someone like me who recently started complaining that I no longer have time to read books, there are no further excuses. I can read anywhere, anytime and anything I want. If you suddenly hear about a book and want to read it, you don’t have to wait until the next time you go to Landmark, or the 3-5 delivery time of Flipkart. The whole process of finding the book on the Amazon Kindle Store and downloading it to your device/app takes only about a minute.
You can view the Kindle Store here: http://www.amazon.in/ebooks-kindle/b/ref=sa_menu_kbo3?ie=UTF8&node=1634753031
Of course, the only e-reader I’ve used so far is the Kindle, owing to my partiality as an ex-Amazon employee; however, a number of different e-reader devices and apps are available on the market, and you can take your pick! 🙂
Last, but not the least, e-books are much cheaper than physical books! 😀
The Cons: I’m not going to lie. In order to read a book, you really do need more than a 5-inch screen. Therefore, permanently reading on your smartphone is not the best idea. If you intend reading e-books in the long term, then go ahead and invest in a Kindle device, which has a much larger screen size, and replicates reading a physical book.
Also, reading on any device is not going to be good for the eyes in the long-term. For a sporadic reader who wants to read a good book once in a while, e-readers are fine. But if you keep reading books back-to-back like me, then ensure that you don’t strain your eyes too much. Adjust the settings of your e-reader so that it is optimal for the eyes, and get your eyes tested periodically too!
I am a Kindle-beginner. I first wanted to test it by reading a few books on my smartphone, and then deciding whether it is worth buying a device. So far, I’m loving the whole Kindle experience, and I’m sure you will too! 🙂