Tristan has used a Kindle since he was 10 years old so has extensive experience using this device.
When people ask me what device has brought the most amount of value to my life, I always respond with the simple answer ‘my Kindle’.
I have had a Kindle for as long as I can remember, since I was 10 years old. I am now 18 and a Kindle is still loyally on my nightstand and the first thing I think about bringing with me when I go on holiday.
In this Hub I will explain why a Kindle is so important to me and why I believe it is still the best reading experience, nearly a decade after I started using them:
- The software experience.
- The reading experience.
- The added benefits.
The Software Experience
The Kindle software is really what sets it apart as a the best way to read a book.
Being able to go from a book recommendation to reading a free sample in less than 30 seconds still feels like the future.
There is a translator, built-in dictionary and access to Wikipedia which mean that when you are reading, there is no need to stop and look up something on your phone and possibly be distracted. It is also possible for the Kindle to create a list of all the words you look up so that you can look back to see if you have learned its definition.
Highlighting and adding a note is perhaps my favourite software feature of Kindles. It is better than highlighting a real book because you don’t have to deal with extra pens and highlighters (especially if you enjoy reading in bed). Also, it is very hard to find a specific highlight in a real book yet on a Kindle they are all in one list and easily searchable.
This feature can easily boost productivity, focus and the value that you get once a book is finished.
Something that I also appreciate is the solid ecosystem that Amazon has created around the Kindle. Whispersync syncs your progress within a book to the Kindle app. This means that if you leave your Kindle at home but still want to finish a chapter on the train, it is possible to do so on your phone. This is beyond convenient in a pinch.
I am not currently a subscriber to Audible but if you are then this is another reason that a Kindle is ideal. For many books, the Audible version and the Kindle version are in sync. This means that you could be reading at home on a Kindle and during a commute your progress is synced to Audible and you can simply resume your audiobook. The newer Kindles can even have Bluetooth headphones connected to them.
There are many reasons that a Kindle is the best reading experience, software is certainly one of them.
The Reading Experience
A Kindle is the closest a digital device can be to the experience of reading from real paper.
The display is not like a laptop or iPad screen. It requires external light to be read, exactly like real paper which means that it remains perfectly legible even in direct sunlight. There is a certain authenticity about this type of screen.
However, unlike a paperback book, Kindles also have an adjustable back light. This means that you can read even in total darkness without the need to mess around with those ridiculous reading lights that need to be clipped to physical books.
Overall I would describe the reading experience as simple.
Once you purchase a book or download a free sample, it is ready to be read. A simple swipe of the screen turns the page. It is essentially the same as reading a real book but it is possible to turn the pages one-handed.
There are other enhancements to reading that come with using a Kindle. A small convenience is that the time can be displayed at the top when reading to ensure you don’t keep reading until 3am.
The Kindle can also calculate your reading speed and display at the bottom how long it will take to finish the chapter or book.
However, perhaps the best addition the the reading experience is simply the vastness of the Amazon book library. For the most part, if a book has a physical version, it is almost certainly available in a digital version for the Kindle.
Furthermore, Kindle versions are nearly always a little cheaper than the print version and who doesn't enjoy saving a little money? Personally, having the mind-blowing convenience of instant access to any possible book is more valuable than the ‘feeling’ of reading a paperback book.
The Added Benefits
Owning a Kindle also comes with a few benefits not possible with other forms of reading.
Every Kindle has its own email address allowing files to be sent to it easily. PDFs and digital books that you already own can be sent and read within seconds to your Kindle.
This becomes even better due to the multitude of online sources for free books, such as classics, which are no longer in copyright. For example, Project Gutenberg currently has around 60,000 free books.
Kindles have GoodReads integration. It is the largest community of readers. They have reviews for all books so you can see what others think of a book, you can see popular highlights and create reading lists. It is a great service for serious readers.
No distractions, the Kindle does one thing well — no YouTube, games or notifications to distract you from your book. This is why an iPad is difficult to be used effectively to read long books.
A Kindle can store around 3,000–6,000 (depending on the storage) books offline. This makes it an incredible travel companion for long flights or relaxing by the beach, disconnected from the online world.
Each book has a free sample that can be downloaded. This is perfect if you are unsure about wanting to purchase the book as you can read the start and see if you believe you will enjoy it before purchasing. It is an excellent feature.
There are so many reasons to get a Kindle and I hope this Hub has convinced you of its usefulness.
Amazon sells 3 versions at 3 prices to make it more affordable with more features as the price increases.
If you value reading and read a lot, I would wholeheartedly recommend purchasing a Kindle — I have never had a problem with mine and it has allowed me to read far more books than I would have without it.
Please send any responses and let me know if you already use a Kindle or what you think about them.
Thanks for reading,