Thinking of getting a Kindle? But not sure you want to go tp the dark side? It took me a long time but here is why I finally gave up books and bought a kindle.
I Love Books
I love the feel of them, the new book smell. But most of all I love walking into a bookshop and spending hours pottering around breathing in that book smell. So much so that it took me a long time to even consider buying a Kindle. I even did a photo shoot once for a student doing a project on people and their favourite books…
I don’t like Kindles. They are dull, cold and don’t smell.
But finally I gave in and bought one and it’s pretty awesome.
Here are a few reasons I decided to give in and buy a Kindle:
I only had so much room in my backpack and books are big.
I can go through a book a day if I get really into it so I go through a lot of books. If I’m reading paper books I run out quickly and it isn’t always that easy to get hold of English books abroad. You often have to rely on people leaving their finished books at hotels and hostels. With my kindle, I can download a new book to read (or 7) when I have Wifi.
It can get expensive
If you read as much as I do buying books all the time can get expensive. I don’t have the luxury of being able to borrow books from a library on the road. But if you subscribe to Amazon Kindle Unlimited for £7.99 a month you can borrow as many books as you can read (included in unlimited), almost all the Lonely Planet Travel Guides are included. If you also sign up to Book Bub and you will get daily or weekly emails of books that are either free or on sale.
Reading on devices
I had started to read things on my phone and tablet while away because I had run out of books but the screen glare was killing my eyes. So I gave in and bought one. Quite possibly one my best travel tech gear purchases. I bought a bog standard Kindle. I love it and it suits me fine. Battery lasts forever. No screen glare and although it doesn’t have a backlight (for reading in the dark) I got a cheap one for a few pounds and it works a treat. If you want to splash out a bit more than go with a Paper Weight. Of if you are feeling really flush then get a Voyage.
One thing I would say don’t be swayed by features you don’t need. Some of them are more like tablets and this makes the battery run out faster and the screen is also more like a tablet making it harder to read on the beach. If you don’t need a device that does it all then you can’t go wrong with the standard Kindle.
I don’t think I will be able to ever give up books completely and I know I’ll always be drawn into bookshops when passing but I couldn’t travel without my Kindle now!