Random Chat: E-Readers

What Is Your E-Reader of Choice?

Step up, take a seat, make yourself at home and let’s chat!

Hey, folks!

I found this article regarding an upgrade on the only E-reader I have ever tried and cannot imagine myself living without, and figured I might chat with you about it, and e-readers in general:

Kindle Paperwhite

And so, today’s Random Chat question is…
What Is Your E-Reader of Choice?

The article above linked, as well as this one and this one, supply all sorts of valuable information on the new version of the Kindle Paperwhite. The latter in particular states clearly information the other two didn’t mention, like the yellow tinge to the screen and reduce battery life. But the new Kindle Paperwhite has better resolution and faster performance due to the increased RAM, and best of all, the same price as the previous version.

Alas, regarding this new version, I will have to wait to get it, but I am still fangirling a bit about it.
Ok, enough with the gushing.
So… E-readers.

It took me a while to surrender to the awesomeness of an e-reader. I thought that, no matter how practical, it could never compare to the feeling of a physical copy. And it can’t. But there are so many advantages to it that, these days, the large majority of books I read are on my KP.

My book journey began on GoodReads, which apparently has some sort of agreement with Amazon, which was the first site of the sort I came in contact with. I did browse some of the other similar sites, but found that Amazon had the most free books and even variety, and that, living in Portugal, they would be able to provide good customer support, so went for one of their products. Besides, most of the sites which provide free book e-copies seem to favour Amazon files (mobi), so another plus.

Why the Kindle Paperwhite specifically? I have mentioned this in a previous post about book formats; some of my favourite features include:

Free books.
Search function.
Adjustable font size.
Highlighting and notes function.
Minimal eye strain, considering it’s a screen.
Ability to comfortably read both indoors and outdoors.
Dictionary incorporated, which I can use for words I don’t know.
Hundreds of books inside such thin and light device which I can take everywhere with me.
Ability to buy pretty much any book I want with one click and have it delivered in seconds.

And thanks to this article I finally figured out what the X-Ray feature is for, woohoo!

So yes, I am very happy with my Kindle Paperwhite. It may not have automatically adjustable screen light, audiobook compatibility or be waterproof, but it serves my needs just perfectly.


Are you as excited about the new KP as I am?
What is your current e-reader?
Have you tried any other models?
Which one is your favourite and why?
Or have you still not surrendered to the wonders of an e-reader?

Tell me everything!

Book Formats

For a long time, it was paper books for me all the way, more specifically paperbacks.

Paper wonderfulness!

Paper wonderfulness!

They were quite portable – I easily put one in my handbag and read pretty much everywhere; generally speaking, never strained my eyes, as long as there was enough light; I loved the feel of the pages and even the smell; I memorized the narrative pretty well and, even though I could not remember which page or chapter I saw something, I could remember which place on the page, and whether it was the left or right page.

Ordering one and getting it on the post was a bit plus for me too.

Yay! It’s christmas!

Making my purchases from Book Depository, my #1 online shop, the orders take a while to arrive, but the shipping is free and they usually come with nifty bookmarks.
So taking that long was actually a plus for me, because I never quite knew when they would arrive and so it almost felt like Christmas.

And really… Who gets stuff in their post these days besides bills?
I still love getting handwritten letters, though so rare. Books are the best next thing.

So I resisted e-readers with all my might.

No, no, NO!!

How could anyone possibly prefer a cold, impersonal device, that strongly resembles a mere tablet, to the feel of a real book? Also, I had read this article, which seemed to justify my reservations.

But then I heard about Amazon’s Kindle the free app and figured well it’s free, might as well try it.
I downloaded it to my Android phone and was like…

Omg!

Free books.
Search function.
Adjustable font size.
Highlighting and notes function.
Dictionary incorporated, which I can use for words I don’t know.
Hundreds of books inside such a tiny device, which I already take everywhere with me.
Ability to buy pretty much any book I want with one click and have it delivered in seconds.

That’s it, I was sold. I completely gave in.
However, the font size was too small, and if I increased it I could not read many lines at a time, so I ended up making the decision I never thought I would make:
I was going to buy an e-reader.

Ta da!!
The answer to the issues I didn’t know I had.

Also, around that time authors started asking me to read and review their work.
Since I already had the Kindle app which was quite user-friendly, Amazon seemed to have the widest selection of free books, and most authors and online shops provided mobi files more often and easily than other formats, I settled for a Kindle device.
I chose Kindle Paperwhite because it enables me to read outdoors and indoors, with bright light and no light, while straining my eyes as little as possible, not to mention all features already present in the app.

I still feel what is said in that post I mentioned above is very valid. It takes me longer to get into a story and stay focused on it. One may even say I have become lazy.

But I have to admit that it has changed my world. I can read anything anywhere now. And that is the biggest perk I could ever hope for.
That said, I still love paperbacks. But my Kindle is the one I could no longer do without.

Now tell me…