Yes, 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?