Advantages and Disadvantages of a Kindle: Advice From a Bookworm
"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 bought one. Actually, I 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 it will deliver it automatically to your Kindle.
- Recent books are a little cheaper in Kindle format than print.
- You can also surf the web (clumsy 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 see the definition of that word immediately. 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 make it easier in some ways.
- You can't read it in the tub.
- Photos are only black and white at this point.
- It's harder to lend books to people. They are developing a feature where you can give a copy to someone for two weeks, while that book is absent 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 and everyone can read it when they want instead of wondering whose Kindle has the book now.