I’m a huge fan of e-books. I know many readers don’t do e-books because they prefer to keep things traditional, some even dislike reading this way but I find them immensely practical. I spend more time in commute and at work than at home which meant sneaking in a couple of pages at work is easier with e-books than paperbacks. BUT I’m sure you know reading on the phone puts a great strain on the eyes even with the a good e-reader. Don’t even dream of requesting for that comic from Netgalley to read on your phone, if you’d like to retain your eyesight. If you, like me, read in bed – well, you’re done for. Enjoy your teary, burning eyes and sleepless nights.
This is where my knight in a shining armour (more accurately, a fetching matte black finish) swoops in and saves the day. YES, I bought a Kindle Paperwhite!!
I’ve yearned for a Kindle for as long as I’ve known about it, but found it a tad too expensive for my budget. Even now, I vacillated between the All New Kindle e-reader and Paperwhite. There’s a whooping Rs 6000 price difference and the only significant difference in the features is that Paperwhite comes with a built-in backlight. But that makes all the difference in the world for someone like me who cannot fall asleep without reading a couple of pages. I finally took the plunge and went for a Paperwhite (thanks to a really helpful Amazon giftcard.)
At the risk of sounding over-dramatic, I’d say Kindle has changed my life. I’m obsessed. I never leave the house without my Kindle in the tow, like it’s a really knowledgeable and reticent conjoined twin of mine. It has truly changed the way I look at e-books. Its white surface looks just like paper with ink on it and the backlight illuminates just enough so you can read but not enough to hurt your eyes; this was quite a transition for me because I’d gotten so used to squinting at my phone.
In the first month, I went crazy and read as much as 8 books – all in the Kindle. It must be a personal record for me because I never get to read more than 4 books a month. To top it off, Amazon has amazing deals on e-books and offers lots for free as well. Not too long ago, I found all 5 parts of Ponniyin Selvan, a classic novel in Tamil Literature for as cheap as Rs 12. Quite lucky, considering it’s a massive book and I’d never get around to reading it if I had a hard copy. This is not to say I’m substituting Kindle for paperbacks. E-readers can never match the smell of a real book and the tactile satisfaction of holding a book in one’s hand – reading does feel far more personal that way. But e-books are just really convenient, especially for my circumstances.
Don’t they say all good things must come to an end? Well, I was afraid the novelty would wear off soon, but I’ve only gotten more familiar and comfortable with the device (ridiculously comfortable, seeing as how I sometimes touch difficult words in paperbacks hoping they’d show me the dictionary entry:D) Buying something and then wallowing in guilt and regret is second nature to me (I’m an Indian with a painfully middle-class upbringing, what do you expect?), but this would be one purchase I’d never regret. 🙂
Happy reading! 🙂