eReader Update

Well, thank you so much to everyone who suggested eReaders for me!  It was really helpful to see all of the different opinions, especially from people who use eReaders a lot for the same purposes I want to.  Since it would be difficult to respond to all 18 of the comments I received from you awesome people, I thought it would just be easier to announce my decision here on the blog.

I’m getting a Kindle Paperwhite.  It seems to be the best choice and was the most frequently recommended one in the comments section.  It’s also far below my budget of $200 and has great memory capacity for my purposes.  I won’t be buying many ebooks from the Kindle store, but it will be so useful to take my reading with me wherever I go rather than being glued to the computer for hours at a time.  With the amount I read I doubt it will have the 8 week battery life that they say it does, but that’s not really an issue at this point.  What matters is that it’s light, small, has an easy to read screen and it’s the most convenient for my purposes.

When I’m getting the Kindle I’m not really sure, but it will be sometime this year.  But let me say thank you so much to everyone who put in a suggestion.  It was awesome to hear suggestions from people I trust!  I don’t honestly know how I could have done it without you.


  1. adtrosper

    I think you will be very happy with it. Make sure you get the cover made especially for the Paperwhite. Not only does the Paperwhite fit perfect and snug in it, but it will also put your Kindle to sleep when you shut it. When you reopen it, your book will be there, right on the page you were reading.

    My battery lasts a long time and I read quite a bit. You can also save on battery by putting it in airplane mode to shut off the wi-fi when you don’t need it. And when it does need recharged, it doesn’t take long at all.

    My mother reads near constantly on hers and I know her battery lasts a good two to three weeks between charges. Not the eight weeks they claim, but two to three weeks between charges isn’t bad. Before my Kindle I used an Android device and could only get about three hours of reading in before the battery died.

    • Carrie Slager

      Yeah, two to three weeks is pretty awesome if your mother reads as much as I do! I just can’t get over how long they make the battery last on this but phone batteries drain so quickly.

      Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll definitely look into getting the cover for it later on seeing as I’m also notoriously clumsy with electronics. 🙂

  2. Caleb Flanagan

    If you keep the wireless turned off except for when you are actually downloading a new book or syncing up the device the battery will still last a really, really long time even if you read five or six hours a day.

    • Carrie Slager

      I’ll admit I was a little skeptical, but two days in and a book and a half later I’m so happy with it. I defy anyone to try to take my Kindle away from me! 🙂

  3. adtrosper

    I’m the same way. I swore I would never have an e-reader and that I loved physical books. Now that I have my Kindle Paperwhite, I almost never read physical books and in fact, most of the books I do have on my shelf I’m looking to get on my Kindle. I love my Kindle and I’m not ever giving it up.

    • Carrie Slager

      Yeah it’s been a little over a week since I got my Kindle and I defy anyone to try to take it away from me! I love it and I think it will definitely cut down on my book buying habit because I can get so many books for free in the Kindle store as well as from other sources like NetGalley. I don’t think I can ever go back to reading off Adobe Digital Editions on the computer again.

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