I recently bought myself Amazon’s new Kindle and whilst I really like it, the only people I’d feel happy recommending it to are those that travel and read a lot! I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and I’ve come up with a few thumbs up and few thumbs down for it:
- Thinner than a book so easy to slip into a pocket (pretty big pocket) or your bag
- Lighter than most books and it can store 3,500 of them (according to Amazon)
- Can read with one hand (other keeping warm or holding public transport pole)
- No-one can see what you’re reading!
- When you purchase a book it automatically downloads ready for reading within seconds
- I can use Instapaper to save long articles to read later, so saving my eyes from the burning computer screen
- I’ve always wanted a room lined with books (AKA a library), but that’s gone if I never buy another real-life book
- I like seeing what the chapter name/number I’m currently on, but that’s not available
- It obviously needs to be charged every so often (about once a month), however the battery indicator isn’t shown if you’re inside a book
- This one is just for Amazon being dumb: “Quieter page turning means you won’t disturb your partner when you want to read all night”… but you still need a light on, which is more likely to disturb!
- There are fewer books than they’d like to sing and dance about – I like John Irving but there are currently only two of his available as Kindle versions
- You can’t share your books – this is perhaps the biggest disadvantage
If I could change one thing I would put a set of next/previous page buttons directly under the screen in the centre (above the keyboard), because when I hold it with one hand I find it difficult to balance it and click the buttons.