Why I finally gave up books and bought a kindle

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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…

Why I finally gave up books and bought a kindle

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.

Why I finally gave up books and bought a kindle

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 WeightOf 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!

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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.



20 Replies to “Why I finally gave up books and bought a kindle”

  1. i went through the exact same thing!!! My only issue with the kindle is that I forget which books I’ve read because I haven’t seen the cover – do you find this?

    1. Yes! I get so lost with it. I also buy them and forget what I have. I also struggle with the guidebooks a bit. I like reading the guide on my kindle before I get there but while I’m there I prefer to have an actual guidebook to hold and see the pretty pictures haha. I don’t think I’ll ever love my Kindle as much as a real book!

  2. For any book-lover, Its is very practical to use Kindle during travel. However, being old school, I still would love to hold a book. But then, I m not that voracious a reader 🙂 I hope your Kindle will give you great company during your travel.
    Happy reading!

  3. Good for you and congrats on deciding to get a kindle. Books are books and it all depends on how convenient this are for you when you go everywhere. As long as you love what you are doing, go for it!

  4. I KNOW I should transfer from books to a Kindle, but I just… can’t? I love the smell and feel of books and I even end up buying them as souvenirs when I travel. Oh well! Good luck with your new toy.

    1. If you don’t need to then no reason why you should ever transfer 😉 I only do it because if I didn’t I’d run out as I’m long term travelling. If I wasn’t I’d still be buying them! Out of 3 boxes I have in storage 1 of them is full of books I just couldn’t stand to part with…I’m such a bookworm! Happy reading to you 🙂

  5. I think it is very practical, specially when you travel you don’t need to carry books. Thanks for your opinion

    1. Thanks Anita happy reading 🙂

  6. It’s clever to choose Kindle if you wish to have and access different books at once. Glad you got your own!

    1. Thanks for your comment Erica happy reading to you 🙂

  7. i can totally relate. i do love reading books and I love their smell as well. However, I did switch to kindle last year pretty much for the same reasons

    1. Thank you Neha, happy reading 🙂

  8. I still love having a real book in hand, but if I am being honest, reading an ebook is much more convenient for me especially when I want to save some space in my bag. I read an ebook on my phone but I have been considering buying an ebook reader for quite some time now. I think it’s okay whatever your choice of book format is. We’re living in the 21st century anyway. The important thing is to read.

    1. Agree 100%! So long as people are reading it doesn’t matter how 🙂

  9. I’m not ready to convert to a Kindle yet! My main issue is that it would just be another electronic I’d be carrying on my travels that I have to watch & risk losing… so instead I’m currently travelling with 4 books! I would sure love to lose the weight though, I think it’s one of those things I wouldn’t buy but if I received it for a gift I’d happily take it 🙂

    1. I hear ya! If I wasn’t travelling long term I would suck it up with the extra weight. Know what you mean about electronics. I travel with a Mac Air, a Chrome book, a tablet, iPod and a kindle! Hardly room for anything else. Joys of being a Digital Nomad!

  10. I think most people now preferred to read online story where they don’t have to carry book. But for me, I still love the essence of reading books. Anyway, thank you for sharing your thought.

    1. I don’t think I will ever love reading on a kindle as much as holding a real book and reading. But sadly for me with limited space and access to books on the road I don’t get to read many real books anymore. It’s a treat for when I’m at one of my parents houses though, or if I find a left book at a hostel.

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