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Advantages and Disadvantages of a Kindle: Advice From a Bookworm


Marcia Claesson is a freelance writer of fiction and nonfiction, a homeschooler, and a mother of two.

The Kindle is easy to use.

The Kindle is easy to use.

"But I like the feel of a book in my hands." We've all heard that line when someone brings up the Kindle or other e-readers. It was my standard line, too. But I finally gave in and asked my husband to get me one as an early Christmas present. From my standpoint, here are the main advantages and disadvantages of a Kindle.

Advantages of a Kindle

  • It's convenient. You can carry five thousand books in your purse. It's great for traveling, and it's nice to always have a book (or a thousand books) handy when you're waiting in line or stuck in traffic.
  • You can get an amazing number of books for free from the Kindle Store or from websites such as the Gutenberg Project. If something isn't available in Kindle format, you can send it as an attachment to a special e-mail address and have it delivered automatically to your Kindle.
  • Recent books are a little cheaper in Kindle format than print.
  • You can also surf the web (clumsily, but it works), listen to mp3 recordings (music or podcasts), and play games.
  • The dictionary feature is especially nice. Put your cursor in front of a word and you can immediately see that word's definition: A great way to increase your vocabulary.
  • You can increase the font size.
  • You can search for a certain word in a book.
  • You save a lot of trees.

Disadvantages of a Kindle

  • It's not a book. For the most part this isn't a problem, but you can't "thumb through" a Kindle, and in some ways it's harder to do research (although the search feature can also make it easier in some ways).
  • You can't read it in the tub.
  • Images are only black-and-white at this point.
  • It's harder to lend books to people. They are developing a feature where you can "loan" an e-copy to someone for two weeks (removing that book temporarily from your Kindle). I guess that has the advantage of getting the book back after you lend it out, but it's still not the same. For a family, it's a lot easier to just keep a book on the shelf so everyone can read it whenever they want instead of wondering whose Kindle has the book now.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Josh on January 23, 2019:

I like Kindle because it does not emit light

Shivam on July 06, 2018:

Lmao I am posting this from a Kindle Paperwhite

Manok on November 27, 2017:

I did not get a clear image about this...

Hyped Bacon on November 05, 2017:

Lmao I prefer using kindle, because it’s easy to use and you can download it in your phone

AHITAGNI BHATTACHARYA on October 16, 2017:

I purchase second hand books mostly, as they are abundantly available (including books from my favourite authors) in my city. I need not bother about trees at this point . Does Kindle really enhance the experience of reading a book from traditional one is all I am asking.

Sarah on July 29, 2016:

I would like to buy it, but a friend of mines says it causes brain cancer, I'm researching to see if it is true

Susan on October 03, 2015:

Ok, kindles are just great compared to books and are a lot easier to carry. It doesn't let us know where we have reached until and unless you have tried to do so. It carries so many books in 1 thin device and it also has many features installed whibch is good. In books we cannot increase the brightness or font size but in kindle we can! In the end I just want to suggest that book lovers please buy kindles as it saves a lot of paper too!

Don on December 27, 2014:

A kindle book also has no marketability...you can't resell it.

lolo on November 18, 2013:

I have a kindle, I fumble before I get what I want when I am using it. can I get the steps on how to download info from internet

srinivas on October 19, 2013:

can i read my B.com books in kindle

Omar Hameed on October 03, 2012:

The new amazon kindle fire HD is more cheaper and it has attractive feature than previous series. check this out: http://ideaddict.tk/548/kindle-based-on-your-needs... Sorry my english is bad :)

Lela B on August 23, 2011:

Thanks for the advice. I'm thinking of getting one & you made me feel better about the decision :)

Karen Wodke from Midwest on November 24, 2010:

I want a Kindle someday. But I admit I do like the feel of a book.