I took a long time to buy my first Kindle. It was on that side of the debate where books were sacrosanct. You needed to hold it in your hand with your hands stretching to hold its width. You had to turn the page and feel each one of them. Of course, the smell of a new book in your hand is intoxicating even if the content of the book is not. The old books have their own flavor. I love the sight of bookshelves filled with books all around me. Who does not?
About 4 years back, I literally ran out of space to keep books. My travels increased and the airline luggage carrying limits went down. I decided to give Kindle a try. I ordered my Kindle Paperwhite for it promised no strain on the eyes. Downloaded a few books to acquaint me with the device. It did not take me long to get used to it.
My Library My Kindle
As you know, I travel a lot for IndiTales. It used to be a pain to carry more than one book during travels. The books weigh a lot. On long travels, I always had the fear that I would run out of books to read. With Kindle now I have 250 books that I travel with. As long as I have the internet connection, I can add as many books as I like.
It is more psychological perhaps, but it is a great satisfaction to know that a whole lot of my library is with me, and I can choose to read what I want.
I use a lot of references to my writing and this becomes really easy with books readily available on my Kindle.
Time saved with My Kindle
Over years I have increased my reading by reading during all the time we waste while waiting. I have read outside the doctor’s clinic while waiting for my turn, in between multiple queues at airports, while waiting at Govt offices or just waiting for a meeting when people follow IST.
Apart from enhancing my reading, it helped me keep my cool. I did not detest wasting time because someone else was being inefficient. Even after waiting longer than I should have, I met people with a smile.
An extra advantage of Kindle is that not many people try to peep and see what you are reading that invariably happens with a paper book.
How My Kindle changed my Reading Habits!
Now I read 50% of my books on Kindle and still read 50% paper books. My mind now oscillates between two different reading forms.
When I read paper books, I miss the easy availability of the dictionary on a click or additional information from Wikipedia when I read about a new subject. I miss the fact that no matter how big or small the book, the weight on my hands is still just a few grams. Reading at night or in low light is impossible with paper books. While with kindle it is the most intimate way of reading when you can see nothing but the words on your Kindle screen.
I hate to write on my books or underline lines that I want to highlight. My Kindle lets me do that without any guilt. It lets me take notes when I have a thought in my mind, or if I have a question for the author, or something I want to mark for further reading.
Off late, I am not even worried about reading around water bodies. Yes, the new Kindle Oasis allows me to do that as well.
Read More – Kindle Oasis Review
When I read on Kindle, I miss turning the pages to look ahead. I know you can go ahead and read but somehow, I have never managed to do that. On Kindle, I miss looking at the cover page. You miss the nuances of the cover page as it is in black and white. You do not look at it as intently as you for a paper book.
Indian Language Books
For a long time, I waited for Kindle to launch the support for Hindi Books. Since a year or so, I am regularly reading Hindi books on my Kindle and totally enjoy reading them. What makes it more important is that Hindi or any other Indian languages books are not easily available if you live outside the Hindi Speaking belt or the language region. Kindle allows me instant access to these books through e-books.
Now, I am just waiting for a lot more books to be e-published in Hindi and other Indian Languages. Reading a Sanskrit book on Kindle would be a real dream come true.
Am I a convert?
I would say, yes. I prefer reading on Kindle. It is easy to handle than paper books. I am giving up a lot of my old paper books and replacing them with Kindle books. It is helping me manage space in my house while keeping books at my fingertips.
Some public libraries in India like Panaji Central Library have started lending Kindle Devices just like books. Go and try your hands before buying if you like.
Which Kindle to Buy?
The basic Kindle E-reader starts from Rs 5999/-. I have not personally used it, so can not really comment on this one.
Kindle Paperwhite is what I have used for almost 4 years now. Reading on this is like reading a paper book without the smudges on it. The battery life is great. It is light, easy to handle and perfect to carry along, easily slips into your sling bag. It is priced at Rs 10,999/-, but do keep an eye for deals and you might get it a bit cheaper.
Kindle Voyage is similar to Kindle Paperwhite but with additional features like the adaptive light. It is priced at Rs 16499/-
Latest Kindle Oasis is the highest end e-reader you can have. It has a curious asymmetric design with a metallic body and is water resistant. This version also comes with higher storage which means you can carry a lot more books with you. This one is priced at Rs 21,999/- but then you always have to pay higher for a luxury product.