I know I’ve written it a million times in my book posts, but I am absolutely obsessed with my Amazon Kindle. I’ve had mine for almost two years, and as an avid reader, I was hesitant for a long time about getting one. I was definitely one of those people that liked the feel and idea of reading an actual book, but my opinion has completely changed at this point. Now I find myself complaining when I have to read a regular book, as reading on my Kindle has become much more preferable.
I know that there are a lot of people who are really against reading on an e-reader, and there are definitely some people out there who are split between the two. Below, I’m sharing five reasons I’m a total Kindle convert.
It makes it easier to read – I sincerely think that reading on a portable device makes it much easier to read more. Even though I haven’t read as much as normal thus far in 2017, in which I’ve read almost exclusively on my Kindle, I still believe this to be true. Since I got my e-reader as a birthday gift nearly two years ago, I’ve read 93 books on it. Within those two years, I’ve found it simpler to read during short periods of time (like rides on the train or when I’m in a doctor’s waiting room) where I would have felt like it was cumbersome to take out an actual book. My Kindle is small, sleek, and easy to grab from my bag and to hold with one hand, even on a moving train. And I have to say, it’s so nice to have a short break at some point during the day to read – even if it’s only a few pages – especially since I don’t necessarily have ample reading time every night lately.
It’s convenient and portable – This reason kind of goes along with the one above, but it’s honestly a lot easier to bring a Kindle from place to place than it is a physical book. Besides that, traveling with a Kindle is a million times easier than packing a bunch of books. On vacations, I’ll sometimes read as many as six books, and squeezing those all into a carry-on bag is a huge pain. With an e-reader, it’s easy to simply load it up with books and have a bunch to choose from while I’m traveling or away without weighing down my bag. Whether I’m tossing my Kindle in my work bag, beach bag, duffel, or even gym bag – it is beyond convenient to bring anywhere.
I read until I fall asleep – Probably my favorite thing about having an e-reader is that I can just fall asleep while I’m reading. I have the Kindle Paperwhite, so it has the backlight on it. I will usually just prop it up on my nightstand (I use this case with the built-in “stand”) and lay on my side and read until I fall asleep. Because of the built-in light, I don’t have to leave my nightstand light on, and I don’t have to worry about leaving a light on all night by accident. I can also shut off the lights and not bother my boyfriend if he’s trying to sleep while I still get to read, too, which is nice. The device will turn off automatically after about 10 minutes, so it definitely won’t stay on all night. It’s so relaxing to fall asleep reading, even if it only allows me to squeeze in a few pages before I drift off (read: pass out).
It has a bunch of customizable features – I haven’t tried any other e-readers, but I know that my Kindle has a lot of customizable features to play around with as you’re reading. For instance, the brightness is adjustable, you can change the font sizing or even the type, and you can easily choose what you see at the bottom of your screen (as far as what percent of a book you’ve read, your read speed, and estimated time remaining in the book goes). You can also sync your device to your Goodreads account and keep “clippings” from books you’ve read all in one place to keep track of items you’ve highlighted. I’m sure there are other features that I don’t even know about, too, but those are just what I’ve found useful so far.
I rent books for free from the library – This is another item that is high up there on my list of favorite features on my e-reader. I instantly download ebooks from the Chicago Public Library onto my device, which is amazing. It has honestly saved me SO much money, and out of those 93 books that I’ve read since I got a Kindle, 45 of them have been borrowed from the library. Even if you figure that each of those books would have cost an average of $10, that’s $450 saved in two years. Even though I end up going on a hold list for a lot of the titles I want, the lines typically move really quickly and the library has a wide selection (including new releases). It’s also so easy to download and return books, so it’s a complete no-brainer. Finally, it saves me so much time, since all the borrowing and returning is done virtually without any required trips to the library. I also rent audiobooks through the library on an app called Hoopla, which makes it an even more beneficial membership. A lot of libraries offer ebooks, so it’s definitely worth checking yours if you use an e-reader. Who doesn’t want to save money, right?!
Clearly I am completely obsessed with my Kindle, and hopefully now you see it’s with good reason! Don’t get me wrong, I still have a whole bookcase filled with real books (I will always love them), but I definitely love taking advantage of the conveniences that e-readers have to offer, and I think any book lover should give them a try.