As I write this it is September 2014. I made the switch to an e-reader in January 2012. It was a decision I didn’t make on a whim – I had a spare room with over 800 books both hardcover and paperback. It was a decision I contemplated for over 4 months. Even when I got my e-reader(the classic non-touch Kindle) I wasn’t sure I would be able to adjust to it.
Boy was I wrong. There are a lot of decisions I’ve made in life, and switching to the Kindle is easily amongst the top 10. Probably higher than asking my wife “Will you marry me?” – that’s how much I love my Kindle. I ended up giving away my massive library of books a few months later, and going completely digital.
I know a lot of people are hesitant to buy an e-reader, be it a Kindle or a Kobo. I now own a Kindle Paperwhite as well and I seem to have the same conversation with a lot of friends who are hesitant about buying an e-reader.
If you’re on the fence then I’m going to summarize my discussions with those friends in this Top 10 List of reasons as to why you should buy an e-reader. This is generally talking about e-readers that are made mainly for reading(Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kobo Touch etc) as opposed to tablets such as the Kindle Fire or the Kobo Arc.
#10: Battery Life
The first thing I tell people: you don’t need to worry about the battery. I’ve been on a vacation for a week in Mexico, read every day for hours and still not had to charge it. The battery life on these bad boys is great, and if you ever do need to charge it it’s a simple USB cable you can use anywhere. It also charges very fast.
#9: Easy To Use
People get concerned about technology etc. That’s understandable but you really don’t need to. Select the book you want and it automatically downloads to your e-reader and is right there, one click away and ready to read. The whole process is just incredibly simple.
#8: Read in the Dark
Whether you are using an e-reader with a backlight like the Kindle Paperwhite, or just a regular e-reader with a dollar store lamp clamped on top of it – you can read the Kindle in the dark very easy. Not like a book where you NEED a lamp attached to it and then it can be awkward turning the pages.
#7: e-ink is Awesome
It’s not hard on your eyes, it’s not like staring at a computer monitor. Reading via e-ink is great, to the point you will eventually prefer it to reading books.
Also if you like largetype books or even smalltype you can customize the font size with ease.
#6: It’s Fast
Going from a new page on an e-reader is probably faster than turning the page on a book. And no need to lick your finger when the pages stick together!
#5: Read While Eating
I’m a big “read while eating” guy – it’s rare I sit down at a meal without a book in front of me. However it’s a real pain stopping the meal to turn the page on a book especially when I’m a fast reader – oh and then sometimes the pages won’t stay and will require being held down. Such a pain.
Not with the e-reader. Just prop it up against something or use a stand and just tap the next page button or screen area with your pinky as you eat.
#4: Internet Access
Traveling but don’t want to take a laptop or tablet just to check your e-mails? Most e-readers have a web browser and even apps so you can do the basic internet things on it.
#3: Get Books Instantly
If you read a series of books – such as the Jack Reacher series – and you will immediately buy his latest book blindly(as I do), then e-readers are great for that. No need to wait for the mail if you order online and hope it’s not delayed, or have to go to your local book store. Just wake up, turn on your e-reader and your new book will be sitting there waiting for you to read over breakfast.
#2: A Full Library in Your Pocket
I’m a fast reader. Like – really fast. If I go on vacation for a week then I’m going to be doing a lot of reading. Be it at the cottage, or on a Mexican beach or just on the flights to and fro my destination.
Previously, I’d have to pack 6-7 books. Not only because I’d read this much but because I was never sure what I’d be in the mood for. That was a pain especially as someone who attempts to pack as lightly as possible.
Thankfully that is not an issue with an e-reader. My kindle fits in my pocket and I have literally over 1,000 books on there so I can read anything, anytime.
#1: It’s Cheap. Seriously.
You’re on the fence? That’s understandable. But man – e-readers are cheap! Sure you might look at the Kindle Paperwhite or the Kindle Voyage and all the features – but you don’t have to invest that much to begin with!
Spend $50-$80. Get yourself an early version Kindle or Kobo or another e-reader. You’re still getting a quality e-reader as long as you go with a brand name like that. Then give it a try. If you don’t like it, gift it to someone else or sell it.
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