I’m going to admit that I’m old school. Though I’m usually an early adopter for gadgets, but being a heavy reader, it took me a long time to be willing to adopt a e-reader as a primary reading device. There’s been enough said about the reasons for this, so I won’t wax on about the smell of a book or the magic of a bookstore or library.
When I finally did, I decided upon the Amazon Kindle (the model now called the Kindle Keyboard). I liked it so much I went through two of them over the last few years. It was the perfect reading environment for me; no distractions, no gizmos, no flashy graphics. I love my tablet and laptop, but the multi-functionality of such devices meant I never did as much reading on them as I intended to. The Kindle fixed that by doing just one thing well: reading.
I was so satisfied with my Kindle that I didn’t pay much attention when the Fire and then the Paperwhite came out. I had no desire to upgrade. How could they improve on such a perfectly crafted experience? I had explored the Kindle Touch in a store demo when they came out and wasn’t impressed with the responsiveness. I stuck with the old Keyboard.
Lucky for me, Levi is just as big a gadget fan as I am, and gifted me the Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. After spending a few weeks on the device, reading easily a couple hours every day, I have to say I’m really impressed. Amazon’s managed to improve on a good thing.
In case any other bookworms are thinking about upgrading, here’s a few of the features I was most impressed with in the Paperwhite. Read more →