If you are wondering “Should I buy a Kindle for travel” you aren’t alone. It took me a long time to admit that I needed one and that buying paper books was a luxury I could no longer afford. If you are thinking of getting a Kindle for travel, but you aren’t sure if you are ready to go to the dark side yet then take a read of this post, it may help you decide. It took me a long time but here is why I finally gave up books and bought a kindle.
Why I didn’t want to buy 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 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.
Should I buy a Kindle for travel?
Here are a few reasons I decided to give in and buy a Kindle:
1. 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.
2. It can get expensive
If you read as much as I do buy 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 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.
3. 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. The 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 going 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!
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