So, everyone is very excited/appalled about the new Kindle additions to the Amazon e-reader family. Out of all those choices, I would still choose mine. I love the keyboard and the 3G/Wireless option I’ve got. Plus I made a snazzy bag for it. People kept wanting to see my embroidery work, so there you go!
I have a whole slew of reasons for loving my Kindle and the recent rise of affordable, well-developed e-readers.
- Project Gutenberg actually has meaning. All those public domain books are now easy to read.
- Adjustable font. You have no idea how much of a life-saver it is to make font bigger with my illness. Just say no to overwhelming panic attacks of swimming tiny text on two pages! Say no! ((Warning, religious: I’m able to read my scriptures again. HUGE perk. HUGE.))
- Travel-friendly. I don’t have a home base. Every few years I am on the move, meaning all of my hardcover and mass market books are literally my biggest burden. Having hundreds of books that weigh as light as a few feathers is absolutely lovely.
- Internet at my fingertips. I don’t have internet on my phone (I’m still in the flip-phone age) so this has come in handy too many times to count.
- Downloadable samples. You can sample the first 10% of each book before buying. Now I don’t have to feel awkward reading books in a bookstore. It is so awkward, lemmetellya.
- The rise of excellent self-published authors. It’s now a viable option to self-publish and make a living. (Now I just have to wade through the marshes of badly formatted translated literature, ugh. Or fix it somehow.)
- Foreign language fiction books are now within reach as foreign publishers are beginning to put out e-books on a global scale. Hurray!
- Short stories are back! E-readers are most likely saving the dying short story/magazine format. Novellas now have a viable, comfy place to live as well.
- Choose your own adventure and interactive fiction is back! Text-based games now have their very own “gaming format”. The iPad has opened up the interactive-art world. Woohoo!
- The world is at our fingertips! There are so many options, anything you want you can have!
All that being said – Though the Amazon Fire looks cool and probably really can compete against the iPad, I’m leery of buying all my tech from one company. Why put all I own in one set of hands? That doesn’t sound very smart to me…. I mean, look what happened to Crosswinds, then GeoCities. They lost all my stuff. Harrumph.
Thoughts? Need more convincing?