Sunday, February 23, 2014

My First Kindle- Hooray For Technology.

I bought my first Kindle this week and I have to say that I am quite impressed with it so far. It's the basic bog standard model, bought for £60. The battery life is extraordinary compared to mobile phones or laptops, the screen quality is more than adequate for the task in hand and the amount it can store is phenomenal.

It is true what people say about the special feeling of a real book but there are also disadvantages to paper books. For example where to put them- book cases are big, Kindles are small. When books replaced scrolls the replacement was almost total- I'm pretty sure this won't be the case for e-readers they will take a big chunk of the market.

I can also see how e-readers have potential to be very useful in a school environment- if the bulk of the textbooks children have to have can be transferred to an electronic device then they won't have to carry have their own body weight to school each day.

All in all it is already one of my favourite electronic devices.


The Filthy Engineer said...

I've had one for over a year now. Apart from it's slim size and great battery is the cost of E books. Paperbacks that cost £6.99 can be downloaded from Amazon for as little as 99p. I now read far more than I used to a year ago.

Bessie said...

I've had mine for two years now, and I love it. It fits in my coat pocket, so I carry it to read on the train. I am also reading far more than I used to.

Ross said...

TFE- some classic, out of copyright, books can be bought for free as well.

Bessie- Yeah they are so convenient for traveling, I was never keen on reading books on trains just because they're space consuming.

A K Haart said...

The best compilations of classics I've found so far are published by Delphi. Cheap and comprehensive, although they do contain a few typos.

JuliaM said...

They are good, aren't they? If they can somehow incorporate the second-hand book market, they'll be perfect.

JohnM said...

School idea is nice but it hasn't worked out for my kids. They now have ipads for school. One of the selling points for the parents was the digitisation of textbooks. In reality that hasn't happened. There are several reasons including the difficulties with cost versus digital rights.