I've had my Kindle Touch for a month now, and I absolutely love it.
Since I'm a member of Amazon Associates, I paid for it using Amazon credit I earned through placing affiliate links to books mentioned on my blog. (If you're not a member, you should join this program. It's a great way to get free books or make some extra money online.)
As with most new things, it took me a while to come around to the Kindle club, but now I'm a raving fan. I bought one as part of some research for upcoming eBooks I want to write. But if I'm honest, now I'm a total addict.
So why do I love my Kindle?
Here are five reasons:
- Free books. It took me two hours to download 25 free, public domain books — making back my $99 investment in no time.
- Distraction-free reading. I had a Kindle app on my iPhone, but I could never read more than a few words before getting distracted. Since a Kindle is intended to be a single-use, immersive device, it's easy to focus on the reading.
- Easy-to-read. At first, I struggled with whether or not I should get an iPad or Kindle Fire. What made me ultimately settle on the Touch was the e-ink screen (as opposed to a back-lit screen). It looks just like ink on paper!
- Touch screen. I decided to go Touch, because Apple devices have trained me to swipe things out of my way. Since you're able to use your fingers, it's more like reading a real book. The Touch also comes in handy when you're wanting to highlight or use the keyboard.
- More reading. I read a lot already, but the Kindle makes me do it more. I like jumping around from different books, and this makes it pretty easy to do that. I can drop one and start another, picking up right where I left off.
One word of warning
Leo Babauta was right: the Kindle is a marketing device. Since getting mine, I've already spent over $100 on new books (again, this is with Amazon credit, but still a good chunk of cash).
Because of the click-to-purchase Amazon technology, you will buy more books with a Kindle. It's easy, kind of cheap, and addicting. Of course, there are worse things you could spend your money on, but it's still worth noting. Consider yourself warned.
Despite the addictive side, the Kindle is a great device that I'm thrilled to have. I'm reading and learning more, thanks to it.
Do you have a Kindle? What you love about it? Share in the comments.