K is for….uh. What in the hell am I going to write about for K?
I’ve got it.
I own the basic Kindle and while it does have limitations, it has served its purpose. I spend a lot of time carting my kids to and from school, practices, and sporting events, which equates to a lot of down time in the carpool line, at the practice field, and between games. What better way to spend that time than reading on my Kindle.
Here are a few things I like/dislike about my Kindle:
• It’s portable. It’s small and lightweight. It fits in my purse.
• Long battery life. It stays charged for 30 days.
• No-glare display. I can read it in the sunlight.
• Wi-Fi connection. I can buy books directly from my Kindle.
• Adequate storage. I have over 200 books on my Kindle. It’s a little library in the palm of my hand, literally.
• I never lose my place. When I read print books on a night when I’m particularly tired, which is most nights, I may drift off to sleep, drop the book and lose my place. I hate when that happens.
• No backlight. The Kindle I own doesn’t have a light (although later models do).
• No touchscreen. The keyboard is cumbersome to navigate because you must click through the alphabet and highlight the letters one by one.
The absence of a backlight doesn’t affect me much, though. I simply open the Kindle app on my iPad and read from that at night. If I don’t have my Kindle or iPad with me for some reason, I can pull up the Kindle app on my iPhone and read from it too. Each device keeps track of where I left off, so I just sync to the furthest page read from any device.
Even though I like my Kindle, I still enjoy print books.
• I love the way they look. They add interest to any room. There’s nothing like a library full of books is there?
• I love the way the paper feels as my fingertips brush the pages.
• I love the sound the pages make as I shuffle through them wanting to re-read that one sentence that really touched me.
• I love the way they smell…especially an old book. It’s like a fine wine that’s been aged to perfection.
• I love the way they taste…okay, not really, but I felt like I should cover all the senses.
That being said, I’ve come to prefer reading on my Kindle versus reading a print book, unless it’s not formatted with page numbers or at least a table of contents. Oh sure, it will tell you that you’re on location 1696 of 6028, but what the hell does that mean? Yes, the display also shows you are 27% complete, but 27% of how many pages?
Call me old school, but I like to know the total number of pages in a book and the page number I am on. I appreciate it when I download a new book that has chapters and pages! I could kiss the person who formatted the book.
What do you prefer? Are you old school? Techie? A bit of both? Do you own an e-book reader? If so, what kind? Do you like it? Why or why not?
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