There’s no denying that I’ve done a lot of reading this year and I honestly was always very against e-readers. It’s not that I didn’t like the concept of them, I just prefer reading an actual, physical book. I mean, does it get any better than flipping a page? And the smell! (Okay that was a little weird, but you totally know the book smell. I love it)
While I love reading a physical book, the bookshelves in our tiny apartment are overflowing and I’ve been spending a lot of money on books. I quickly thought about getting an e-reader and sat on the idea for months but after downloading the Kindle app on my phone to read books from NetGalley and my local library, I figured it was time. After going back and forth on a few of the different Kindle models, I decided on the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, and guys – I’m obsessed!
If you too have been considering taking the plunge and getting the Kindle Paperwhite, I wanted to share some of my favorite features and my experience with it thus far.
I’ve heard so many good things about the battery life on Kindles, but never really thought much about it until I actually started using my Kindle.
I am still not exclusively reading on my Kindle and would say I read on it about an hour a day and have it hooked up to wi-fi at all times, and am able to get two to three weeks of battery life out of my Kindle before having to charge it. There have also been days that I’ve read non-stop (6-8 hours!) on my Kindle and have experienced the same battery life!
If you’re heading on vacation for a few days/weeks and want to get some reading it but it won’t be constant, you definitely don’t have to worry about packing your charger as long as your Kindle is fully charged.
For $129, I call that a freakin’ win in itself.
I Can Read Anytime, Anywhere
The Kindle Paperwhite is small, lightweight, and can basically be carried around wherever you go. I typically keep mine in my purse so when I’m out and about, I can get some reading in if I have a few minutes (aka I can read while I’m waiting to check out at the grocery store). It also has adjustable front lighting and gives the illusion of reading a physical book (no glare!), so there’s no more strained eyes trying to read in low-light or book lamps so you can read while your partner sleeps.
The newest version is also waterproof! Gone are the days of worrying about dropping my book in the pool because I want to read and float. Bring this bad boy to the beach, into the pool, heck – take it into the tub/shower with you!
NetGalley & Libby
If you utilize NetGalley and Libby like I do, you can have your books sent straight to your Kindle and download them when you’re connected to wi-fi. This not only saves me money but makes it easy for me to read ARCs and books from my local library, without having to leave my house or fit another book on my bookshelf.
Kindle Book Deals
Every day, Kindle pushes out new daily deals on backlist books, new releases, and seasonal favorites that range from being completely free to $5! You see most hovering around the $2-$3 mark and you can even sign up for their daily newsletter that outlines what the current Kindle deals are.
Raise your hand if you’re as obsessed with Goodreads as I am! After getting my Kindle and setting it up, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could integrate my Goodreads account with my Kindle. Whenever I start a book, it automatically marks that book as “Currently Reading” in Goodreads and as I read, my Goodreads account is updated with my progress.
What are your thoughts on e-readers?