Sonntag, 11. Dezember 2011
Some weeks ago I finally bought myself a kindle. I have to say, I was really sceptical when I heard of this thing some years ago for the first time. I thought, why do I need a new technical toy to read books. And at this time it was really expensive, especially when the books are not cheaper than the paperback version.
But when this year the version for 99 EUR appeared on Amazon, I thought about it twice. Now I have one and so far I am satisfied. First and foremost you can read long books, which normally would be very heavy, without breaking your arms. And the kindle is really lightweight and small (smaller than most paperbacks). So you can carry it even in a normal handbag.
If you go on vacation you can carry a lot of books with you and don´t have to decide for only a small collection. If I have WLAN where I am (with my boyfriends smartphone I mostly have) I even can buy books with my kindle. I tested it and it works really good.
And of course the kindle saves me a lot of place in my bookshelf.
The monitor is not all white but a little grey and it is very good to read. You can change the size of the letters. At the bottom is a display to show how far you read.
But there are some I would not say negative points, but points that get lost with the kindle. When I read the first book, I somehow missed the feeling of reading a book. The feel and sound of paper between my fingers and the feel of holding a book and turn the pages. For me this is some kind of ritual or meditation. I like the kindle. It´s a good invention, but for me it will never substitude this feeling.
I am also a bit sad that some wonderful formatations are lost. With the kindle you can´t decide for a book on a specific font. Many pictures are also lost. Especially in fairy tale books I love the little details like a special font or matching pictures. The kindle concentrates on the text.
Then you can´t borrow the books to others. I like to share books with others to share thoughts and impressions. I can´t do this with a kindle book. I finished one book today I really want to show my Dad, but if I want to do this, I have to buy it in paper.
But despite this I really like my kindle. I now can read books I would never have bought in paper, because of the room they waste (maybe this is a bad point too, because now I maybe buy more books than I can read, because I don´t have to store them). The kindle is really comfortable to read. I really like to read with it in bed.
I have not made my mind if the kindle is environmental friendly or not, because of the paper it saves. I think the people forget that for the production of the kindle you need materials which are not regenerative. And you need energy to run the kindle and the servers where all the books are stored.
And of course I made a case for my kindle. All of materials I had laying around in my stash.