Early last week, I finally decided to pick up an e-reader. After many months deliberating whether I wanted to enter into the world of e-reading, and debating which e-reader to get, I ended up purchasing an Amazon Kindle. I spoke some about my deliberation with e-reading here.
I decided upon the Kindle after I saw what the new Barnes and Noble Nook looked like, and I was looking for something that had 3G wireless access for when I travel out of town. So far, I’m pretty happy with my purchase. I definitely like the way the e-ink looks and reads on the display. I didn’t think the quality would be so good, nor the reading experience all that much different.
But because the reading experience hasn’t been significantly different, there are some things that I’ve noticed that I miss. For example, page numbers, that’s a biggie. At the bottom of the Kindle is simply states how far along, in a percentage, that you are in the book. I have to press the menu button, and it shows what page I’m on in the book and the location number. However, from what I understand, page numbers aren’t included yet on all kindle e-books. I also miss actually feeling the physical portion of a book, feeling the pages, the ability to easily move back and forth between pages, etc.
I’m testing my Kindle by reading President Bush’s Decision Points, as I have mentioned in my previous two posts. With this test run, I”m finding that I’m definitely enjoying the dictionary feature of the Kindle, which I have used to look up a few words I didn’t know. I’m also LOVING the fact that I can highlight passages and write notes about those passages. Usually, I don’t write in my books, or underline passages, since I don’t like to do that. With the Kindle, I’m finding that I’m highlighting and writing notes frequently, without feeling bad since I’m not actually writing in the book.
Finally, I’m also liking the idea of downloading samples of books that I might like to read. I did that with Decision Points, and I’m doing that with Henry Kissinger’s new book, On China, and a couple of others. It’s nice not having to actually go to the library, or to the bookstore to peruse those books I might be interested in before purchasing them. I have a feeling that I’m going to use this feature frequently.
Overall, I’m enjoying my experience so far, and I’m looking forward to many hours of reading on my Kindle; however, I also won’t quit reading physical books either. If you have an e-reader, or have read any e-books, I’d love to hear about your experience!