I’ve had my Kindle Touch for a little over a week now, and absolutely love it.
First of all, I prefer it to reading on my Samsung Galaxy Tab, mostly because of the e-ink screen. I spend all day staring at a computer screen at work, so the last thing I want to do when I come home and read is stare at another glowing screen. The e-ink is refreshing and doesn’t stimulate my eyes right before I go to bed like my tablet does. For me, the best thing about it is the screen.
I’ve found the navigation to be fairly intuitive. A few minutes playing around and I had the hang of it. In the course of my reading, I’ve also found a few swiping gesture shortcuts to navigate around (try swiping from top to bottom, bottom to top, and right to left while reading).
The other nice thing about it is the long battery life. I haven’t had it long enough to test the 2-month battery life claim, but I don’t doubt it at all. After using it pretty consistently for the last few days, the battery meter reads just under full. I’ve made sure to turn off the wireless when I’m not using it. In contrast, consistent use of my tablet requires charging at least every other day.
Also, it’s nice to have a device dedicated to reading. For someone like me who likes to multitask, the tablet offers plenty of distractions and makes it hard to get through a chapter without some sort of notification getting in the way. Ditching the distractions makes for a great reading experience.
I was really excited when I learned that Utah libraries now support ebook rentals through OverDrive. However, the excitement quickly died down when I logged in and saw that the waiting list for popular books like The Help is 100+ people. I’m not getting that book anytime soon. Unless public libraries purchase and make more copies available, I doubt it’ll be useful in the long run (unless you’re looking for really obscure books).
My excitement returned when I learned about Amazon’s Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, a way to check out books from Amazon (up to one book a month) with no due date if you have Amazon Prime ($40 for students after the free trial). Not every book is available as part of this program, but it’s got a pretty decent selection which I imagine will expand over time.
My first rental from the lending library has been The Hunger Games. The catch with these rentals is that they’re only available on an actual Kindle device–the book doesn’t show up in the Kindle app on my tablet, or in the web-based reader. Since you can rent up to one book a month, it’ll be easy to keep my 2012 resolution of reading one book per month, without needing to actually buy any books.
What’s been your experience with the Kindle? Are you sitting on the fence, wondering whether you should get one? Have any more tips and tricks to using the Touch? If I’ve convinced you, you can get yours at Amazon right now.