Did you know that the first e-reader came out in 2006? A Sony Reader. And the first Amazon Kindle came out (only?) 10 years ago, launching in 2007.
( Btw, This leaves me feeling simultaneously very old yet oddly young…)
Let me be honest with you for a second. I kind of hate technology. And by kind of, I mean I fight pretty much any new technology until I am miraculously, completely convinced my life can only be better because of it.
For example, I only got my first smart phone 2 years ago, and I really miss my old flip phone/will probably switch back to a “dumb” phone once my contract is up. But that’s a different post for a different day…
So, as you can see, for me the ol’ e-reader was no different.
I fought the e-reader trend HARD. My parents got a Nook – you know, the Barnes and Noble version of the Kindle (do they even still make those??) – and I just could not see the appeal of reading books on a computer screen. Something about the backlight of the Nook combined with the fact that I actually like to turn physical book pages, I was not having it. I had no desire to jump on that trend.
Well fast forward several years to roughly two years ago. We were about to head out for our annual family semi-cross-country road trip, and I wanted to bring something like 10 different books, equally roughly 100 pounds.
But, space ya’ll.
I happened upon a great deal on a used Kindle Paperwhite on Ebay (my favorite way to shop for electronics) and decided to go for it. What’s the harm?, I thought. If I don’t like it, I don’t have to use it, and can always resell it later.
So I bought it.
And I loved it.
And still do.
Let me tell you why, from one serious technology-hating friend to another.
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It’s size, dimensions, and screen makeup.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the small, lightweight size of an e-reader is perhaps why most people decide to purchase one.
My original reason for purchasing my Kindle was, yes, its portability. I didn’t/don’t have to lug 10 (or 100) pounds of books with me, which is also especially convenient while flying.
It’s also extremely lightweight. If you’ve ever read off a tablet you know how tiring it can be on the hands. But with the Kindle it’s lightweight makeup makes reading effortless!
I also love that my Kindle Paperwhite has NO GLARE.
There is absolutely NONE of the computer screen glare that I originally disliked so much about reading off a computer screen! Which means if you’re reading outside on a sunny day, it’s like you are reading directly off an actual book page.
I can read multiple books at a time.
Yay! From readers everywhere!
Sometimes I don’t feel like reading the book I brought along, especially if it’s especially deep or heavy. It’s nice to occasionally switch it out with something a little on the lighter side.
I love that I have my choice of what to read. All I have to do is make sure my Kindle is pre-loaded with options before I leave a Wi-Fi area.
It’s less likely that I will lose and/or damage any books – which can be problematic, especially if they’re library books, or books borrowed from a friend.
couple of many situations of having to purchase books from the library (because, kids. And 3 boys.), which, oh by the way, is not cheap, I have learned the hard way that it might just be better for me, my family, and society in general if I don’t keep many, if any, library books in my house at this time of life.
I have instant access to good books.
Okay, maybe I have a slight problem with instant gratification.
But I love that the second I finish a book I can instantly get the second book in the series, without the agony of having to, gasp, wait!
This is also nice if you’re out of town and run out of things to read.
I can still check out books from my library.
I would not have purchased a Kindle if it weren’t for the fact that, yes, I can still check out books from the library!
Our local libraries have the option to check out many books via their e-book website – Overdrive.
And my favorite part of all this? It actually downloads straight from Amazon, which automatically is sent to my Kindle! It’s effortless.
Because my local library utilizes Amazon as an option for their e-book checkout process, is why I chose the Kindle over other e-reader brands.
So definitely check with your local library to make sure this is a feature they include.
I would definitely say that having a Kindle is a HUGE part of why I am able to read as much as I do. (And in case you haven’t gathered, I love reading.)
This is one technology trend I am glad I finally gave in to!
How about you? Do you own a Kindle, or other e-reader? Do you love it? Hate it?
Do you need structure and organization, but still crave daily encouragement?
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