We all know people who claim that the experience of reading e-book is not the same as reading old-fashioned paper book. They simply love the look, smell, and feel of the classical book held in the hand, and are not willing to trade this sensory experience for a soulless gadget. Well, the truth is I was one of those people and maybe I still am. But after I received Kindle as a Christmas present, my reading experience has transformed.
As long as I remember myself, I have always been a book lover. However, after I made a decision to explore the world and move abroad, I faced several challenges when it comes to reading. First and foremost, the books I wanted read were not always available in the language I needed (Russian or English) and even if they were, they turned to be far more expensive than what I was willing to pay. With Kindle, I got access to thousands of Amazon books in the language I needed. What is more important, these books were only a “click” away. So now I can get a book any time and from anywhere in the world (as long as I have wifi connection) and it definitely has its advantages. I do not need to think how many books to bring with me on vacation or plan my trips to book stores. Ok ok, I must admit I actually miss those book store trips. I could spent hours walking along the shelves and skimming through the books that attracted my attention.
But let’s get back to my Kindle. There are several other features that I really like about it. For example it’s size and weight. I can carry it in my purse wherever I go. This allows me to allocate much more time to reading compared to what I would have if I had a paper book. Now I can read on my way to and from work, in a cafe while waiting for a friend and in the park during a nice sunny day. Since it is so light, I can actually hold it with one hand which makes it perfect for reading in public places.
Finally, there are several digital features which I find quite handy. For example, by clicking on a word I don’t understand I can instantly see a translation or a synonym. I find this feature very useful when reading English books with more complex language. Besides that, Kindle allows me to highlight and save phrases I liked or search for a specific content in the book. I use this highlight feature all the time, especially when reading business and personal development literature.
That being said, if you asked me whether I prefer paper books or my Kindle, I will always chose the former. But with my love for reading, it would not be wise not to utilize on the modern technology. So if you haven’t done so already, consider getting a Kindle or one of the other e-readers and you will be surprised how much more time you will be able to allocate to reading.