Guys, I bought a Kindle! Me, who has always been against e-books and vowed to never, ever get an e-reader. I've had it for almost three weeks now and I absolutely love it. I can save space, money and won't have to take my beloved books out with me anymore.
There are several reasons why I gave in and bought an e-reader:
- More and more publishers are using e-books these days. They distribute ARCs through NetGalley (I think this is a great idea as proofs cost them so much money and once we read them there's nothing else we can do with them - they can't be added to library catalogues so I usually end up passing them on to friends) and are even starting to send e-books out for review instead of finished copies.
- Space! Over the last five years I have bought a ridiculous amount of books, most of them US hardcover publications. I have stacks and stacks of books waiting to be read (review and non-review) and I'm fast running out of space. Having a Kindle means I can store thousands of books in one tiny place, which is essential for collectors like me.
- The price. Those aformentioned US hardbacks usually cost me between £10-12, and more often than not I'll read it, decided I don't want to keep it and give it away. I've bought some similar titles on my Kindle and they were around £6.
- Convenience. I've spent quite a lot of time in hospital with my mum this year, and now I can take a book to read! I'm not fond of taking physical books out with me in case I crease them, but with an e-book that isn't a problem. I'm in London this weekend with about four hours on a train, so I'm going to try and read an e-book. Hopefully it won't make me feel sick like train reading usually does.
- I won't have to lug giant 800-page books around the house with me. RELIEF.
I opted for a Kindle because:
- I think it looks nicer than Kobo, the other main e-reader in the UK. Now I know I shouldn't actually say that seeing as how I sell Kobo's at work, but I have to be honest. The Kobo Touch is nice because it comes with different coloured quilted backs, but I've always preferred the Kindles. A customer showed me his Kindle Touch a few weeks ago and I knew I had to have one.
- Everything goes through Amazon. My account is linked to my Kindle, I can buy books easily from there (one-click purchase will be the end of my bank balance!) and their customer service is the best around.
- I know lots of people with a Kindle and reviews are good
So far I've hardly had my Kindle out of my hand. I've organised my books into collections (folders), like YA, ARCs for Review, Adult, Finished etc. I've only had to charge it once in three weeks, and battery life seems pretty good so far. I think the battery needs to be charged a few times before I'll get maximum usage out of it, but so far so good. I've read five e-books in two weeks, and am now on my sixth. I find it really easy to read on, thanks to the e-ink screen and fast page turns. I've had no problems yet I feel better knowing that, if I do, my Kindle is guaranteed for a year through Amazon and I also have additional insurance for a further two years.
I'll never stop buying, reading and reviewing physical books, but I like that now I've got the option of reading e-books too. Not only will my mum be glad that my ceiling won't fall through, but I'll be able to save a bit of money and read ARCs without having to then worry about finding good homes for physical copies.
I'd love to hear feedback and thoughts from anyone else who has recently bought an e-reader or is thinking about it. I'm glad I took the plunge!