If you are thinking about purchasing a Kindle, a model of the Kindle Fire, or the shiny new Kindle Voyage, it is important to know the advantages and disadvantages of this amazing e-reader. For starters, the Kindle comes in many different models, or “generations” and there are seven as of today. Each one offers more advanced, unique features, and of course, are all priced differently. One thing I learned before purchasing my Kindle is that the generations are quite different from one another, so I made a list on specifically what I wanted to do with my e-reader (besides downloading and reading books). Of course, if you are only wanting the Kindle for downloading and reading books, and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you can reap the benefits of the first generation Kindle; it is very cost effective and is a perfect, economical option for getting all the titles you want.
The advantages of the Amazon Kindle are many. For starters, this cost-effective electronic book device allows you to link in to Amazon’s vast multitude of books, and by multitude that would be millions, for a streamlined way to find the perfect read. Haven’t read that classic book…ever? Do a quick search for it on Amazon and it will download instantaneously and you can finally see what you were missing! Also, in the enormous online library, there is a very large selection of free books, so, who knows, that timeless classic may be at no cost to you. In addition to the many classics out there, the selection of best sellers, new books, magazines, and Indie books are right at your fingertips.
Another advantage to this e-reader is that it holds thousands of titles, giving you huge flexibility. This is not to say that you would want this many books at once, but who knows? If you want them, you can have them. Also, Amazon has Cloud Storage, which will hold on to books for you until you are ready to actually download them for enjoyment.
Convenience is another major reason why so many people love the Kindle. When going on a trip, it is much easier to carry one Kindle stocked with your favorite books and magazines than packing up several hardback books. And if you don’t feel like actually reading in the car, Amazon’s Whispersinc will let you have an audiobook whenever you want it.
With the Kindle, books are less expensive to purchase. If you want to save even more money, joining Amazon Prime will make purchases more economical. There are also many books that you can download for free, so if you weren’t quite sure about that one title you want to read, and it is free, then you don’t have to worry about throwing money away!
With this fabulous accessory, there are many options to choose from. If you choose the first generation Kindle, the Kindle Fire, or the newest Kindle Voyage, you will enjoy the many benefits of this e-reader. Whether it is for the WiFi, the apps that are available, the magazines, journals, or the books, you can enjoy it at night without having to turn any lights on. No more of those attachable book-lights to your traditional books are needed! And no more disturbing anyone in the room when they are trying to sleep!
As for disadvantages of this device, if you are not a smartphone-carrying, computer-loving person, then the Kindle may not be for you. Many people still are in adoration with traditional books, and prefer these types of books over the Kindle. The traditional books can be purchased and they are yours forever, and you are free to let anyone borrow them if you wish. With the Kindle, once you purchase a book, it is only on your Kindle. You can share it, but you would have to trust someone with your device, and this may be difficult to do.
If you enjoy reading in the bathtub (many people do!) just be aware that if you drop your Kindle while reading and relaxing in the tub, it is over. Dropping a book is one thing (it will eventually dry out, though with wavy pages), but dropping a Kindle that cost you hard-earned money may make you cry.
Another disadvantage to the Kindle is the choice of books available on Amazon. Well, not the actual choices, as there are thousands, but the temptation to buy and buy and buy. With a click of a button you have bought a book. Even though that book may not seem like much at fewer than ten dollars, buying five adds up. Also, there are some books online that are not good at all. Once you purchase it on your Kindle, it is yours, and if you got a dud, it is still yours.
Perhaps the biggest disadvantage to the Kindle is that it is not an actual book. So many people say that they love the feel of the pages in their fingertips and they want to actually see the whole book in its illustrated glory on their shelf. I can agree with this. I still cherish traditional books even though I relish using my Kindle. This is why I do both; I purchase the physical books of my favorites and have them on display (especially books that have a series), and download others that I still appreciate.
Reading is enjoyable by so many individuals. Having another method for easily acquiring books makes it even more so. For these individuals that enjoy reading, the advantages of the Kindle outweigh the disadvantages, but it really depends on you and what you want to have for your reading experiences. And even if you are not necessarily an avid reader, the Kindles have many entertainment apps and features that many children and adults love. We are all unique in what we like and dislike, and with our favorite hobby, that is no different!