Our home study and a highly inappropriate number of books
I’m an avid reader. Been that way for as long as I can remember. If it was a toss up between a book or a movie/TV show and I’ll pick the book every time (the exception to this is Sherlock). I’m almost always disappointed when a book-to-movie venture arrives in theaters, because anyone hardly gets it just right. Movies and TV shows put boundaries on the imagination; books don’t.
I’ll read anything — books, magazines, periodicals, shampoo labels, instruction manuals and procurement contracts even — anytime, anywhere. This means a few things: (1) I take far too long on the potty; (2) thick and heavy books are a serious logistical problem; and (3) my eyesight is horrifying and will continue to deteriorate steadily with age.
Because my new Kindle Paperwhite solves at least two of those three problems I’ve decided to wax lyrical about it. I purchased it last week from Kindle Supply and it’s been fabulous so far (I’d also like to note that the good people at Kindle Supply were a pleasure to do business with!). They included 8,000 free e-books too! Score.
Please bear in mind that the last
hunkajunk I owned was a Kindle Keyboard which died after a sad year, so the Kindle Paperwhite is a huge leap forward. For those who can’t remember, this is the Kindle Keyboard. It was an absolute pain in the bum.
Back to the Kindle Paperwhite and why I love it so.
1. Light-weight and portable
Have you ever tried reading thick hard-copy books for extended periods of time? It’s on par with one hour of TRX class — everything starts to ache and you have to keep switching positions to get comfortable. Also, it’s quite impossible to hold these kinds of books with one hand. It’s even worse when you have to cart them around with you to read in your spare time.
The Kindle Paperwhite, on the other hand, is about the same weight as this box of my favorite chocolates ($8.95, Cold Storage), just way less bulky. At a measly 206 grams, it’s great to hold.
The device is also really thin. Here, see for yourself:
The portability of the Kindle Paperwhite makes it a great companion to the loo, on public transport, or just about anywhere, really. You can read sitting up or lying down and there is no long-term fatigue. My wrist and arm muscles have never been more grateful.
2. You can read in the dark
Aside from the stark contrast between its white background and black words, I’d also like to point out that the screen is back-lit! And the brightness is adjustable! This means you can read comfortably in bright or dark surroundings! How awesome is that! Are my exclamation marks driving the point home!
The Paperwhite’s ability to allow reading in the dark is extremely impressive. I have a big thing with reading in the dark. When I was younger, I used to read under the covers with a torchlight (yes, just like in the movies) after my parents sent me off to bed. They caught me a few times (yes, I was very poor at doing things behind their back) and I got a loud shelling for “reading in the dark” and “destroying the eyes”. So I figure if the Kindle Paperwhite had been around when I was a child, I daresay I wouldn’t be as blind as a bat today.
I know other devices like the iPad will allow for the same, but the Kindle wins the fight because it’s much lighter and easier to hold. As for which is healthier for the eyes, it seems that both are comparable (read more here and here).
3. Built in dictionary!
Some authors like to use bombastic words in confusing sentences. I wish we had Matrix capabilities and could download whole dictionaries into our heads so authors like these wouldn’t be an issue, but while we are waiting for that to happen… There’s the Kindle Paperwhite’s built in dictionary!
And it’s so simple to access, too. Just press and hold a word on the screen (oh yes, it’s got a touch screen, friends!) and poof! the definition of the word appears in a pop-up box. There’s also a way to save all these words so you can review what you’ve learnt at a later time. For someone who reads so much but can’t be half-arsed to jot these words down and look them up, this is a very handy feature.
4. Other cool features
Long books with 2398429837582794719 million characters written into them are difficult to follow. This is where the X-Ray features come in super handy. Touch and hold the character that’s confusing you, and a description of the him/her from previous parts of the book will pop-up! Problem solved.
Lastly, the Kindle Paperwhite has this awesome previous feature that allows you to “flip” to other pages (in a pop up) without disrupting your current page. So, if I wanted to finish the chapter in… XX minutes, I’d be able to see if it was achievable before attempting it. This way, I don’t have to speed read and end up glazing over something important.
In summary, my Kindle Paperwhite is the shiz, and if you’re contemplating getting one too, DO IT. You can take it from someone who knows the downfalls of being an avid reader. #firstworldproblems