PHYSICAL BOOK LOVERS, CALM DOWN. STAY CALM. DON’T GET MAD. HEAR ME OUT.
I was gifted a Kindle Keyboard, one of the earliest models in 2012 for my birthday, and later upgraded to a Kindle Paperwhite. Since then, my reading has been revolutionsed and my Kindle has really changed me as a reader in many ways; some big and some small. Here’s why:
1/ Space saver
When I got my 1st Kindle for my birthday, I was quickly running out of space on my tiny bookcase for all of the volumes I wanted and already had. I shared bookcases with my other family members as I couldn’t fit one into my room. There were always piles of books everywhere, and in the back of my mind I would always consider where I was going to fit any new books I bought.
It is undeniable that a Kindle is useful for this purpose, as one tiny device can have thousands of worlds and stories stored within. Instead of buying an entire series in hardback, I could read them on my Kindle.
This was also extremely useful when I would go away on holidays. I went to Tenerife for 2 weeks last year and read several books while I was away, and if I had taken physical books in my suitcase, I would have definitely exceeded my suitcases limit and would have had to ditch half of my clothes! Instead, I had a slim, small and light Kindle Paperwhite in my carry on which left me with my entire library at my fingertips while I was away.
2/ Curbing the book buying
When I walk into Waterstones to buy a book, I can never pick just one and I usually emerge with a £50 dent in my bank account and an armful of new books, while neglecting what I already have. However, I find that when I go to search the Kindle Store for my latest read, I normally spend less and buy less books, as I am (fairly) sure that those books will be there when I come back. I usually buy maybe one book at a time, saving me money!
Amazon let you read a small sample of a book before purchasing it. And yes, while I will concede that you can do this in a bookshop also, I much prefer reading a sample of a book on my Kindle rather than awkwardly flicking through a few pages while sales assistants watch me, secretly praying I don’t damage the spine or put it back in the wrong place once I’m done. Samples mean I can read a chapter or two of a book before deciding if I like it, and this has saved me from wasting money many a time on books that I didn’t end up liking. First impressions count, people!
4/ Reading in bed
I don’t know about you, but I am NOTORIOUS for falling asleep with a book cradled in my arms and all of my bedroom lights on. I can’t help it. I always say I won’t do it but it is truly an inevitable reader problem. However, my Kindle Paperwhite means that I can read in the dark, as the light comes from the screen (without hurting or annoying my eyes), and the Kindle will shut off eventually if a page has not been turned. This means that I can turn off my lights, read in the dark and if I fall asleep, I’m not burning through electricity. On a side note, my Kindle would have been a blessing when I was younger as I wouldn’t have been caught staying up ridiculously late to read books. Ah, fond memories.
I have to admit that while I love to support authors and bookshops by buying physical copies of books, Amazon and the Kindle Store has led me to countless reads that I would not have found otherwise. While I rely on book blogs, Goodreads, Youtube reviews and books that appeal to me when I find them in bookshops, Amazon has helped me narrow down the genres and categories of books I like to read, presents me with books that relate to ones I have enjoyed previously, and shows me the bestsellers in the categories I enjoy. Because of this I am constantly finding titles I wouldn’t have know about otherwise, meaning I am reading widely and finding unexpected, hidden gems amongst the hundreds of thousands of books available on the Kindle.
I hope that you guys enjoyed this post, and for those of you who are anti Kindle I hope I have helped you see the positives. I absolutely love my Kindle, however I will concede that there is NOTHING better (I repeat, NOTHING) than turning the pages of a real book.