Does anyone have a Kindle? As an avid reader I am starting to run out of space in my apartment. I can't throw any away as I have too many favorites that I go back to from time to time. So I was thinking about getting a Kindle.
Does anyone have one? What are your feelings/experiences with using one. I'm all for embracing modern technology, but I do like the feel of a book in my hands.
I would only be using it for leisure, not study.
I've had a Nook for about six months, and I have read more books with it - fiction and nonfiction - than I have in the previous 10 years.
One great thing about an e-reader is that you can read books on it in public you might not want others to see - like the christian bible or porn - as they would if you carried around a printed book. Another is that you can bring it, best in a cover, to an event you anticipate will be dull (like I did recently escorting a family member to a fundraising) and people won't know you've brought a book to read.
One reason I bought a Nook instead of a Kindle - besides the 1st generation Nook being more attractively designed - is that it accepts the epub format which libraries use (and also pdf's). But I see now our local library system is purchasing Kindle versions as well as epub versions. So Amazon's incalcitrance has, practically, forced the hand of public libraries to pay twice as much for the same ebooks.
I'm glad there's at least one other nook owner on here. I was beginning to feel lonely. ;)
I have had a Kindle for a while now and love it. The problem is I find myself reading three times the number of books, so I surf the $.99 store. The only thing that I miss is the pictures, diagrams and maps that are in the books. It would be nice so see the book cover when you open it on Kindle as well. Having said that, yes get one today, you will love it.
Are you saying you don't see covers nor pictures on the e-ink Kindles? I see the covers of books on my nook - both the color version of the book cover in the small window at the bottom, and a greyscale version in the e-ink main screen - and I see greyscale pictures as well. In fact I am currently reading a book with many black-and-white pictures in it ("Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Ross) and it looks great - it looks just as good as the printed version, which I've seen in the bookstore because I actually did want to compare the quality of the pics on my nook vs the actual printed book.
But overall I agree with you - I am reading a ton more books now, and I can't imagine going back to a time without my nook.
I have been using a Kindle for about year, love it. Can load with audio books also for long drives.
Wow, lots of positive feedback!
You guys have all convinced me. I'm definitely going to get one now. Thank you all for your input.
To be honest, I'm not really interested in getting a top of the range, app heavy Kindle. All I want to do is read books. Same thing with phones, you get a million apps and all I want to do is call people!
Thanks again all. I'll order my Kindle this week.
If you guys are interested, I'll update you when I get it and let you know how it goes.
I love my Kindle, and can't go a day without reading a page or two (preferably more) in a book.
As for the feel of a book, just get a leather jacket that opens like a book. You still get the sensation of holding a book, but have the portability of the Kindle.
I have one and it compeletely kickstarted my reading ... I rarely read at all but since getting a kindle at Christmas I must have 30 odd books.Recently I broke my kindle, cracked screen (it was like my world had fallen apart ... not really but it was a major bummer) but I contacted Amazon and they replaced it just like that. The best thing about my kindle is I've hacked it to get my own pictures rather than the awful Amazon ones (especicially the psychotic Emily Dickinson picture).
The Kindle Fire is also intriguing and I can't wait to see what price it'll come out at in the UK.
Highly recommend the Kindle. I'm reading much more than I did before I got it because it's so convenient. And my library now has kindle books.
I'm not going to read every single post to make sure, but someone should mention that with the introduction of the Fire and the new smaller Kindle with a 6" screen and general price reductions on the older units with the introduction of the new models, it's less expensive than ever to own a Kindle.
I can also second the idea of Mike Baker that when you get an ereader, you tend to read more than you used to.
I have a Kobo, it's the Border's e-reader. You can get them for $100. Very simple, have wifi access or plug into the pc to upload books. They also come with 100 classic books loaded. They accept most formats of e-books (e-puc, etc). I love it. Was easy to get used to and it's way cheaper to buy books. I don't like Kindle because you kinda get locked into purchasing from Amazon.
I'm a hardcore reader and I own around 800 books (real books) as well as just having bought myself a Kindle. So sue me, I like to be thorough. *takes deep breath*
Overall verdict: If you've got the spare cash and are having serious space problems, it's probably worth getting one, but I'm unconvinced that they're as magical as Amazon would have us believe.