My Kindle Paperwhite and I, we’re becoming friends.
Hubby bought it for me about a month ago, and I was very excited about it, yet not quite ready to make the change. I’m weird like that – I like new gadgets, yet I’m reluctant to change. Go figure.
It’s only after I sold my older Kindle Keyboard that I had no choice, but to befriend my new reading device. So I started reading a book, and my Paperwhite is growing on me. (Don’t you wish all your problems were of this magnitude?)
Precisely because I’m only getting used to it, and being nostalgic to boot, today’s post will be leaning towards grumpy. Sorry about that. I’ll try to look at the positives later on, so don’t give up on this article.
Here’s the changes I don’t like.
No buttons for the next/previous page. I miss them! I was able to hold my Kindle and press these buttons with either hand. Now I can only hold it with my right hand, so I can touch the screen on the right side to go to the next page. Slight inconvenience, but I’m wondering if Amazon might want to bring those buttons back – they’re very reading-friendly and don’t look that bad, either. Please bring them back, Uncle Amazon.
I won’t be sending my recipes to my Kindle. Because the touch screen is much more gentle – I can’t be touching it with greasy hands or drop flour on it (my older Kindle had no problem whatsoever with that!) Alternatively, I can put it in a Ziploc bag, like I do with my iPod, but it would still be a pain to look for the recipes because of the different way Collections work (see below).
It has no Collection folders. This really helps organising books, and it keeps them in their respective folders, on the front page. On the Paperwhite, Collections work more like tags – I’ve yet to find out how exactly they’re useful. And how do I ever find my notes, except for connecting the Kindle to my computer?
Here’s what I like about my Kindle Paperwhite.
(That, besides the fact that it looks good in pictures, especially as a background to tulips).
Excellently responsive. I am pretty used to Apple devices, so my expectations are high. The Kindle Paperwhite is just as responsive as my iPod touch – which is impressive, considering that it is a much cheaper device.
Glow screen. Not only is the screen crisp – and it is very crisp, especially when put right next to my old Kindle (to be seen here) – but it has an adjustable glow that lets me read in the dark, too. I’ve read before going to bed a few nights and haven’t noticed my eyes hurting. Hubby usually goes to bed way after me, but on occasions when I’m up half the night absorbed in a novel, the glow allows to keep both spouses happy.
Book covers. The fact that I judge books by their cover is exactly that: a fact. I used to browse through book on my iPod Kindle App, choose a book that fit my mood and then read it on my Kindle. (Yes, I’m that shallow.) The covers on the Paperwhite are not colour yet, but you still get a feel for the book – erm, cover.
TWO more things before I end.
One – my Kindle cover is not half as pretty and girly, but I’m hoping to get a new one when I find one I like. Oh, I miss Gribook Accessories – designing your own Kindle cover is so much more fun than looking for one on Etsy, as fun as that is.
See my now Kindle cover below. Minimal and functional – but with no flowery pretties on it.
Two – hubby Igor and I are leaving LCC International University in about a week. While we were here, 4 students got a Kindle. We helped order a couple, sold one and gave one as a gift. We offered customer initiation and support for all who needed it and shared tips. We recommended, gave and gifted books.
This makes my heart glad, it does. Not because we get anything from Amazon (I wish!) but because we think that the Kindle is a great device for those who read, and especially in English, and especially if they’re from Eastern Europe/Asia and that it will be a blessing for our friends.
I will gladly expand on these reasons, so let me know if you’re interested in an article on WHO and WHY Should Get a Kindle.
Do you have a Kindle Paperwhite? How do you like it?