- Lighter than all of my paperback novels. Even in a case. Very slim too, so it fits easily into my purse, book bag, backpack, et cetera.
- Can fit up to 3,500 books. YAY!
- Easily adjustable font
- The screen perfectly mimics a page from a novel, so it's easy on the eyes (unlike the Nook Color's backlighting, which is like reading a computer screen). It's just like reading a novel. Literally.
- Quickly changes pages
- Long battery life
- Shop on Amazon.com right from the Kindle
- Built-in dictionary (fantastic and extremely helpful for
lazypeople like me)
- Collections can be created for you to put the books in: like Paranormal, Contemporary, Unique, Favorites, Totally Wicked Awesome, Want to Slap Main Character ;)
- When turned off, it displays a picture of some sort (like of an old author or something else unique). Very cool, in my opinion. It's like having it's own changing cover ;)
- Netgalley books are usable on the Kindle (sweet!)
- Freebie eBooks on Amazon
- Lending program
- No Young Adult section in Kindle ebooks - only Children (which means I have to waste time looking through childrens books mixed with YA - highly inconvenient).
- Cover with the book light drains the Kindle's battery, as does the wifi (if you leave it on)
- I had one technical difficulty, but it corrected itself after I left it alone for five minutes.
- You need to be a decently lit room, or have a book light. Since the screen looks like a normal page, it also means you need to treat it like a normal book and read in a lit room.
- It doesn't always display a cover for every eBook you buy. And if it does, it's obviously in black in white. I can deal with the black and white, but it would be nice to see a cover for every novel.
- Lending program: not all books are able to lend and other annoyances.
I seriously love the new Kindle, and this is coming from someone who has always said "eBooks and eReader's are stupid, a waste of money, and nothing in comparison to the real thing."
I still prefer printed novels (I can't imagine not having a real book in my hands - there's no comparison), but I like that I can buy books I really enjoy or just like for the Kindle, and that saves me shelf space for the books I absolutely adore enough to buy in a printed version. Now I don't have to decide "well, do I really want to buy this one" when my shelf space is low, and instead I can get a cheap Kindle ebook version.
What are your thoughts on e-readers vs. printed books?
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