Discussion: Your Favourite Type of eReader

I’ve never claimed to be a huge tech fan so it took me a long time to get an ereader for myself.  And I’ve honestly never looked back since.  It’s so much more convenient than reading on a computer and it stores a great deal of books for all those times when I’m stuck in waiting rooms or airports.

I asked my readers for ereader suggestions and they were overwhelmingly for Kindles.  I had a modest budget (preferably under $150) so I got a Kindle Paperwhite.  It’s nothing fancy, there’s no colour or anything but it works for my purposes: reading ebooks authors send me.  Well, and adding the odd free book on Amazon to it.  I love how the screen doesn’t look so much like a screen (it actually looks like the page of a book) and I can read on my Kindle for hours without straining my eyes.  The battery doesn’t last as long as advertised because I use it a lot, but I was surprised at how long it actually does last.  Overall I’d say I’m pretty happy with my little Kindle Paperwhite.

What I want to know now is this: Do you have an ereader?  If so, what type?  What are some things you like about it?  Is there anything you don’t like about it?  Let me know in the comments below!

25 comments

  1. gargoylebruce

    I’m late to the ereader party too. I got a kindle paperwhite for Christmas just a few weeks ago and contrary to my print book snobbery, I love it. Then, getting back from holiday yesterday, I pulled it out of my bag to find…..the screen had been chipped in three places. To add insult to injury, the kindle cover I had ordered online turned up in the post just an hour later. Woe, woe is me!

    • Carrie Slager

      That’s awful! I bought the Kindle on my own and was pretty happy to see that I got a cover for Christmas. My family is pretty thoughtful that way. 🙂

      Did you at least have a warranty for your Kindle?

  2. Mark Lee (@MasqCrew)

    I have an old style Kindle (no backlight) and a Kindle Fire. The old style is great because I don’t get distracted with Netflix or games, but that’s exactly why I like the Kindle Fire. Sarah watched an episode of Bones last night while laying down in bed. Can’t beat that!

    And reading books on the Kindle Fire is also nice, but ultimately I think both kinds of Kindles have a place. Now I want to get a Paperwhite so that I don’t have to have the light on when I’m reading (old Kindle, not Kindle Fire).

    • Carrie Slager

      I do like reading in the dark with my Kindle Paperwhite because it doesn’t strain my eyes at all. For what I do with ereaders, something fancy like the Kindle Fire isn’t really necessary but I can see where it would be nice.

  3. Joséphine @ Dudette Reads

    Kindle Paperwhite! I got mine in June last year. One of my best purchases of the year. It fits into most of my purses and I can still read in bed at night, even after my sister has turned off all the lights. I do read on my iPad too though for image-heavy non-fiction books.

    • Carrie Slager

      I do love how portable my little Paperwhite is. It doesn’t fit into my tiny purse, but it fits into my tote bag I take on longer trips and that’s certainly nice. It’s better than lugging around several books.

  4. skarba

    I have kindle fire HD and I believe that the idea of an e-reader and tablet do not work. They should be separate as you can’t see the screen in the light and the battery is terrible for reading. I would love a paperwhite one instead and an ipad.

    • Carrie Slager

      What I love about the Paperwhite is that it actually looks like a book. The screen doesn’t look like a screen and that’s great for reading. Obviously in a tablet you’d want something more computer-looking for nicer graphics. I can see the advantages of combining an ereader and a tablet, but as you pointed out there are downsides.

  5. Phillip McCollum

    I have two tablet devices – an old Nook ereader and a Google Nexus 7 tablet. I prefer to Nook for reading because, as you mentioned, much easier on the eyes. But I’ve debated picking up a Kindle since B&N has been floundering for the most part. Glad to hear you like your Paperwhite.

    • Carrie Slager

      The reason I picked a Kindle over a Nook is because most of the authors that request reviews have only .mobi files, not .epubs like Nooks require. That, and Kindles (for the most part) were cheaper for the same functions. If you’re thinking of picking up a Kindle, I can’t recommend the Paperwhite enough. I got it for $129 regular price but I’m sure you could get it much cheaper around Black Friday or Christmas.

  6. Georgie C

    I’ve had a bog standard Kindle 4 for about two to three years now. Cost me around £70 to £80, but I know at Christmas it was on offer for £50. I love it. With a heavy school bag, it’s brilliant for having an array of stuff to read whenever I want, and all the books I have to study for classes. I keep it in my blazer pocket because I use it all the time! Compared to actual books, if I like a eBook enough, I’ll buy the physical copy for my bookshelves. I was definitely of the mindset that I’d never go there, but it’s just so easy and similar enough to an actual book that it’s a mistake not investing in one. (:

    • Carrie Slager

      Same here! I was firmly anti ebook before I started really getting into book review requests from authors. Reading on the computer for hours at a time does change one’s perspective, believe me. So an ereader it was. The best investment I’ve ever made, reading-wise.

  7. Jack Flacco

    I’ve had a number of eReaders in the past few years. I’ve gone from reading on my laptop to a kindle, then my iPod, and now my Nexus 7. To me, it doesn’t make a difference what kind of tool I use to read my books as long as I can read them, I’m fine. I do however have a liking. I like my Nexus 7 because I can add notes, highlight, save to a separate file and send it via email so I can read my notes later on. I suppose, as a writer, I find this functionality useful.

  8. Diantha Jones (@DianthaJones)

    I have a Nook Tablet, an old Kindle, and a Kindle Fire HD. I bought the old Kindle for super cheap after I already had the Tablet, and was like, why do I even have this?? Then came a crazy awesome Kindle sale and I purchased the Fire HD. In love. Both the Tablet and the Fire are awesome, except the Fire directly connects to Goodreads. So while you’re reading you can update GR. For readers like me who live on GR, this is a most awesome feature. I plan on buying a tablet soon and wonder if I’ll ever use my readers after I get that. Probs not, watch LOL

    • Carrie Slager

      I’m not big on Goodreads so much anymore, but I can see where the Fire HD would be handy for you personally. I like my basic Paperwhite; I barely even use the experimental browser they put on it.

    • Carrie Slager

      Fair enough. Since I started accepting review requests I learned most authors have .mobi files only, which is where Kindles come in handy. But if I were just purchasing an ereader to buy books off of and use it as a sort of tablet, I would have gone with a Nook or a Kindle Fire HD. For my purposes, a Kindle Paperwhite is more than enough.

  9. Abria @ Read. Write. Discuss.

    I own a Kindle Paperwhite and a Kobo Mini, and I vastly prefer the Kindle. It’s easier to load, holds a charge longer (the Kobo drains battery even when it’s just sitting in a drawer all week), and the text is clearer on the screen. I’ve had so many issues loading Netgalley books onto my Kobo, but never an issue with Kindle. The Kobo Mini is lighter and cheaper, but that’s all it has going for it right now.

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  11. Caleb Flanagan

    Keep the wireless connection turned off on your Paperwhite unless you are actively syncing/downloading your new books. So many people make the mistake of just leaving it on all the time by default and it destroys your battery life. There’s no need to keep it on unless you are in the process of putting your new books on the device.

    You might already be doing that, but if not, you’ll see a massive increase in your battery life with the Paperwhite, even if you leave the screen turned up to full all the time.

    • Carrie Slager

      I always keep my wireless off, but the battery still isn’t what I expected it to be. I use it almost every day so I guess it’s no surprise. My screen is almost always on the lowest setting as well.

      • Caleb Flanagan

        Yeah, the battery life is based on 30 minutes a day with the light on full, for eight weeks. That translates to about 28-30 total hours, which someone like you or me cranks through in a few days at most.

        • Carrie Slager

          That’s true. Compared to a lot of other electronic gizmos, Kindles have a pretty awesome battery life. I guess I can’t complain since I use it more than a normal person would. 🙂

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