My First eReader: Thoughts and Observations

Carrie Pictures 2013 006Yes, today I bought my Kindle Paperwhite!  I was a little skeptical walking into the store, but after playing around on the display one and liking what I saw, I decided I really was going to buy it after all.  Of course, being really excited about my purchase I’ve already spent a couple hours on it.  So here are my thoughts and observations about it, in no particular order:

1.  It’s really light!

This is great because some days I can’t handle holding heavy books.  One of the advantages of this is that I can hold it comfortably in almost every position and that it doesn’t weigh much at all.

2.  The screen is really easy on the eyes.

I was really pleasantly surprised at how much the screen looks like the page of a real book.  Being able to adjust the brightness to accommodate different levels of light in different rooms is awesome as well.  And the best part?  Unlike with a computer screen, my eyes don’t get tired after a couple of hours.  So now I can read ebooks just as quickly as I read physical books, a great bonus for all of the authors on my waiting list.

3.  Even PDFs look pretty good on it.

Before getting my ereader my preferred file choice was a PDF and I was a little worried about transferring them over to my Kindle.  However, I was pleasantly surprised at how good they look on the screen.  The writing is a little small, but that’s really only a temporary problem.  Most writers in the future will have access to .mobi files and if not, the occasional PDF won’t kill me.

4.  It’s convenient.

I still prefer physical books if I’m keeping them for my own reading pleasure, but for authors sending me books the Kindle Paperwhite is perfect.  Most authors sell through Amazon so they can send me a .mobi file more often than they can send me a PDF.  In addition to that, I can take my ereader wherever I want and not be limited by how bad my back pain is on a given day.  Now I have no excuse to procrastinate on my In Progress list!

So to everyone who recommended ereaders for me, thank you so much.  I know now that I made the right decision and that the Kindle Paperwhite is perfect for me.  Give yourselves a pat on the back from me, will you?

13 comments

  1. Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

    I bought my kindle just before the Paperwhite and I’m a little annoyed actually because the lightening adjustment would be so much better. But oh well. Like you I was sceptical because I love my normal books, but it is easier to hold and read in any position or read whilst eating! I can’t read a book and eat, so that’s improved that. And receiving review books is so much easier rather than trying to read on a computer. I am positive you won’t regret this decision as I haven’t and they are great for holidays. There is a software (free) called calibre where you can convert PDFs into mobi formats so that they aren’t so small on the eyes if you wanted to make it easier for yourself too! 🙂

    • Carrie Slager

      I can’t read and eat either, but my mother always seems to have the technique down pat. Maybe it’s because I hate mangling my books; they get enough wear and tear as it is.

      Thanks for the PDF-mobi conversion info! It’s definitely something I’ll look into, but I don’t think it’ll be much of a problem in the future. I’ll definitely be asking for .mobi files first rather than PDFs now.

  2. Jack Flacco

    My wife has the second generation Kindle, which I’ve borrowed on more than one occasion, and the quality is outstanding. Easy on the eyes, light and quick. Now, most of my reading is on a Nexus 7. Love the thing. I think it has a lot of features I enjoy (pagination, column widths, font size, etc.). PDFs are a favorite of mine although .mobi files are perfect for the Kindle. Congrats on your purchase and enjoy! 🙂

  3. Phillip McCollum

    The eReader definitely has it’s place, but I’m like you in my preference for physical books; at least for certain ones. Highlighting is still an easier task with a real book, and you just can’t write in the margins on an ebook yet.

    The best thing about getting an eReader has been keeping my library while freeing up physical space. Well, at least that was the goal. I seemed to have found a way to fill the space with other books. 🙂

    • Carrie Slager

      Well, that’s also another reason: I’m running out of room, even though I’ve dumped some of my older books off on my sister. Now both of us are running out of room! Maybe I’ll just have to suck it up and find room for a new bookshelf; I’m just a compulsive book buyer.

      Still, maybe having an ereader will help.

  4. Kelley

    Yay, thanks for sharing your thoughts about your new ereader! I’ve been wanting to buy one for like a year now but haven’t been able to decide which one to get (or if I should get one). If I go with a kindle, it will probably be this one.

    • Carrie Slager

      I would definitely recommend it, Kelley! It’s been only two days since I got it and I’ve gone through 1 1/2 books already. It’s so easy to read on and the battery lasts incredibly long. Seriously, for the kind of stuff we do as reviewers, an ereader is the best solution. I can’t recommend it enough. 😀

    • Carrie Slager

      Thanks! I think the 1,2,3,4, style is a product of me being a regular reader of Cracked, which is (in)famous for its list-articles.

      You should seriously get an ereader, James! It’s just so convenient and you can get so much bonus content (enovellas, short stories, excerpts) from your favourite authors that you otherwise wouldn’t get. That, and it opens up a world of opportunity when it comes to author requested reviews.

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  6. adtrosper

    I knew you would love the Paperwhite. Have you bought the cover for it yet? That will make reading on it even nicer. I am never without my Kindle and actually read a ton more now that I have it.

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