In June 2012, I bought a Kindle. It's something I said I'd never buy or like, but I bought one anyway and instantly fell in love with it. Now it's September 2013 (well, August as I write this) and I've had my Kindle for just over fifteen months. It's almost never out of my hands and I love it more than I ever thought I would. I wanted to do a bit of an update, because I know a lot of readers are still on the fence about Kindles and eReaders, as I was before I actually bit the bullet and purchased one.
I'm still of the opinion that Kindles are the best eReader around. Ironically, I still sell Kobo's at work and it's a big part of my job. I know a lot about them, I've seen all the models and have had a mess around on them. If I had to get a Kobo, I'd go for the Aura HD, though I can't see myself switching eReaders. I like Amazon too much. Anyway, my allegiance must remain between me and the internet. ;)
In my original 'I Bough a Kindle' post from 2012, which you can see here, I talked about the reasons why I bought an eReader. They were, primarily, so I could use Netgalley, save space and spend less money on books I will probably only read once and have no room to keep hold of. How has all this worked out for me? Pretty well, I think.
- I adore Netgalley. I really do. I have the opportunity to read a lot more US YA fiction that I used to have to try and import, and I also get to read a lot of UK books, some a lot earlier than publication. It's so easy to navigate and use, and it's always exciting to check if any new books have been added to the catalogue. I think it's a genius invention.
- Have I saved space? Yes I have! The bottom line is I wouldn't have been able to buy the 336 books I currently have on my Kindle. Our house simply doesn't have the room.
- I've spent a lot of money on books for my Kindle (both adult and YA), but I've saved a lot by not buying physical copies. I wouldn't have kept them all anyway, so it would have been a bit of a waste to buy all the US titles as £12 hardcovers and then have to give them away. I've bough a lot from the Amazon sales, the prices ranging between 99p and £2.99. I've bought some slightly more expensive ones too, like Lauren Graham's Someday, Someday, Maybe that I think was £8. Still cheaper than the hardback and it's delivered instantly. Win, win!
On top of those reasons for initially buying an eReader, I've also found some other perks. I would never ever dream of taking a physical copy of a book anywhere with me, unless I had it twice or it was a reading copy. However, I practically take my Kindle everywhere. It comes to work with me almost every day and I read for 45 minutes to an hour before I start work. I read on the train when I travel anywhere, even if it's just for half an hour. I find that I read more because I'm not confining myself to just reading in my house, and I seem to read eBooks quicker full stop. I don't know why that is, but it appears to be the case.
I've also bought more adult books than I usually would, thanks to Kindle daily deals, promotions and 99p sales. I haven't read many of them yet, but I've got them waiting and hope to get round to them sometime. I've discovered new authors too, some of who only publish in eBook format. Oh, and I now have a small addiction to New Adult titles, most of which started off as eBooks before being picked up by major publishers. I don't like them all, but that's the same for any genre I read.
I've had no problems with the actual device, no freezing or faults (touch wood), and I hope to have it for a few more years at least. By that time I'm sure there'll be many more, better Kindles, and I will definitely buy one with a built-in light, just so I don't have to have a lamp on when I read. Buying a Kindle is one of the best decisions I ever made and I'm so, so glad I did it.