If you have been around for some time, you might know I love books! After tiring of lugging around 4-5 books for every trip I took, I finally bit the bullet and bought a Kindle. I was sure from the beginning I did not want the paperwhite version since I wanted the exact feel of a physical book and I have my phone to continue reading if I do need to read in the dark. I have the 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi and I think it is the first or second generation Kindle. Since I am years behind a review, we’ll just talk generally about the design, what I love, what features I use and what I don’t like about it.
- Hands down the best feature of a Kindle is its inbuilt dictionary that has vastly improved my learning curve.
- X-Ray is the second best feature of the Kindle. It is very easy to lose track of characters in a book especially when you read multiple books in a short span of time. X-Ray lets you see the first time a place/ character was mentioned and also all paras that mention the same. A quick context specific recap at your fingertips.
- Kindle also has other quick options at your fingertips to look up translations or Wikipedia.
- While this is indeed a pain point as well, not having to pay for the accidental touches is a big advantage when reading in bed.
- Easy to highlight and easy lookup – Highlighting and looking up highlighted quotes is very intuitive and easy to use in a Kindle.
- The battery life lasts forever even if you are a heavy reader.
- The word wise feature enables automatic meanings of bigger words that are usually deemed difficult and takes up the pain of looking up words manually.
- Kindle provides multiple options to customize fonts, margins, alignments and paper looks and these options elevate the reading experience a notch higher.
- Goodreads and Amazon integration makes purchase and reviews of your books easy as a button click.
- Finally, the paper and book-like experience give the reader an experience of an actual paperback (without the actual weight!).
- Although I love the Kindle, sometimes, the operations are a little too slow and delayed on the device which drives you mad especially when compared to your super fast phone.
- The non-paperwhite version does provide an experience closest to that of a book, I do have to resort to my phone when lights are out.
Well, that was a quick recap on my Kindle and my undying love for it! Do you own a Kindle? Let us know what your favorite features are below. Comment, share and don’t forget to spread the love.