So the other week Amazon held a prime day sale with all sorts of amazing offers for Prime customers and I decided it was finally time to pick up the kindle i’ve had my eye on for months! If you’re not sure what a kindle is, it’s Amazon’s version of an E-reader and enables you to take 100s of books with you in the form of one thin device. I have always been a die hard book fan but the truth is that it is much cheaper to read on a kindle than buying books all the time so here’s how I’m getting on with it so far:
The Kindle Paperwhite is the mid-range kindle at a regular price of £109.99, however on Prime Day it went down to only £79.99, the lowest I had ever seen it so it was time to take the plunge! The main advantages of picking this kindle over the cheaper one is that it has a back light so you can read in the dark. Now if like me you have a partner who can’t sleep with the light on, this is a real advantage! The specification I bought was the wifi only with special offers version. This basically means that you can only download books when connected to wifi and when you temporarily shut the screen down, adverts for books are in the background on the screen. Honestly, I have had no problems at all with either of these options, I actually quite like the adverts as I get more ideas of other books to read and I rarely even connect to the internet on the kindle anyway!
The main advantage I have found of having a kindle over reading on my iPhone is the fact that the screen is glare free. Now I was very sceptical of this at first but I have read in glaring daylight and you can still read perfectly. I don’t know how they’ve managed this but the touch screen is definitely more matte than usual so perhaps that is it. The matte feel does take some getting used to at first and the screen is nowhere near as responsive as a normal iPhone screen for example but it is still very clever!
Now I do buy a lot of my kindle books, but as a student it can get pricy. The main benefit of kindles are that the books are usually about half the price of a paperback which is great. However, I do occasionally download them from a torrent site such as Kickass Torrents and then convert them to kindle format using a fantastic app called Calibre. I know this is a bit naughty but as a student desperate times call for desperate measures!
I would definitely recommend a kindle to anyone who loves to read, they are way lighter than normal books and they take up a lot less storage space which is fantastic! They fit into your handbag easily, take up no weight when going on holiday and mean you can have a whole library at your fingertips! At the moment, I haven’t found any negatives really, even the battery length is fantastic and I do read a lot! Do you have a kindle? Would you consider getting one?
P.s I was doing so well keeping up with the daily posting but my internship has finally got the better of me time wise! I will keep posting as much as I can till it’s finished then hopefully get back to daily posting as I loved that!