There are many eReaders out there. The iPad, Nook Color, Sony Reader, any smartphone…and those are just the ones that are popular. There several I hadn’t even heard of. The Kobo, Novel, Alex eReader…etc. the list goes on and on. With so many choices, why on Earth did I choose a Kindle?
You immediately retort: “But it’s a single function device!! You can only READ books on that thing. Not surf the web, read your email…NOTHING else!!” (actual arguments I’ve heard)
I’ll admit that these are all valid points. While it’s true you can just read on a Kindle (though there is a Kindle web browser but it’s woefully awful, so I pretend it isn’t there), all of the arguments I’ve heard against the Kindle are exactly why I wanted a Kindle.
Number 1: Eliminate Distractions
Often I get quite distracted while trying to read on my computer. “Did I just get an email??” I wonder. “Has someone mentioned me on Twitter?” I ponder. All these questions lead me away from reading. They also tell me that in order to focus my mind, I need to change settings. As with a computer, an iPad or Nook Color is a multi-function device. They have apps to check your email, Twitter/Facebook…etc. While those devices are very cool, they only enhance my desire to distract myself online. The moment, I don’t have enough self-discipline to stay focused on a single task. I have to consciously remove all distractions or my procrastination starts to kick in.
Number 2: E-ink Display
When I read, I love the pages. The contrast between the text and paper is perfect for my eyes. When using a device (such a iPad, Nook Color, even a computer), those screens are back lit, which tires my eyes at a rapid pace. The Kindle uses e-ink, which (to my eyes) displays the book exactly like reading a normal book. I loooooooooove that.
Number 3: Amazon Store
I love the Amazon store. To me, it is the greatest place online. The fact that it integrates so nicely with Kindle only makes it that much more awesome. I can buy a book online, send it to my Kindle, and be reading the book in 30 seconds. Amazing. While I’m sure you can do that with an iPad and Nook Color, you can’t buy from the Amazon store, which for me, is a big deal. (I’ll admit you can download the Kindle app on both of those devices, but it isn’t the same. See number 2.)
Number 4: Price
Did you not think I was going to mention the price? By far the cheapest eReader on the market. You might be tempted to reach for those same arguments used at the beginning of number 1, but just remember, they are distractions.
Cheaper price, e-ink display, single-function device, and the Amazon store. To me, that is a no-brainer. If you are still not convinced, I’ve had to charge my Kindle 3 times in 6 months. Better?
There is no device that has a better bang-for-your-buck than the Kindle.