If you read my earlier post on my experience with a Kindle, you may be somewhat surprised to learn that I now own one. I didn’t exactly love it when I borrowed one last year. However, I came to realise that I was trying to turn it into something which is was not. It’s not a multi-functional device, and it’s unfair to compare it with one – it’s not a competitor of the iPad. But it is a great reading device.
When I realised that the Kindle could actually be a useful way of replacing both the documents I carry with me on the train to read and also my fiction reading, I began to rethink the value of a Kindle. I complete online surveys to get gift vouchers and had saved quite a few in my Amazon account, and also kindly received £30 from a presentation I gave last November. So I began saving for a Kindle and a few weeks ago I ordered a 3G model (I was initially going to go with the wifi model but am really glad I opted for 3G as I do occasionally use it for web on the go – it’s not the most usable browser but it is a free way to browse the Internet and apparently works abroad, though this may only be for US customers). It’s great for reading RSS feeds using the browser.
The new model is so much better than the old one, it’s smaller and lighter which makes a big difference and the keypad which replaced the joystick is much better (though I still sometimes try to use it as a touchscreen!).
What I have found, which is a pleasant surprise, is that I’m actually really enjoying reading for pleasure again. I always read before I go to sleep but until I got the Kindle I was often using my phone to read RSS feeds and tweets rather than reading a book. Now I look forward to reading on my Kindle, and I can have lots of books on the go so I can choose what to read depending on my mood (I usually have one non-fiction and one fiction on the go at any one time). I’ve almost finished my second fiction book on it now, and definitely think I’m reading more as a result of having a portable device with all my reading on it.
It’s been useful for work related reading too, and I have also used it to store minutes and agendas for meetings rather than print them out. I’ve figured out how to send documents to it and have also managed to convert PDF files so I can read reports on the Kindle rather than on the PC. I find that I can concentrate on the Kindle better too; I get distracted by emails, RSS feeds and tweets when I’m on a PC.
Overall I’m really happy with the Kindle, it’s good value for what it is and is a great reading device.