The Waiting Game since 1999
A little over a year ago, I took the plunge and ordered a first generation Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon. I first read about the impending emergence of electronic reading devices in 1999. Back then, I already knew that I wanted one and looked forward to the day I would own one. Then when Amazon introduced the Kindle in 2007, I was excited. But I decided against obtaining one then because I weighed the benefits and decided I would wait.
Introducing the Amazon Kindle
Each year when the newest generations were introduced, I carefully considered if the latest devices were mature enough to meet my needs. At last, when the Kindle Paperwhite came out, I decided it was the device I had been waiting for. What made it even more appealing was that libraries can loan out ebooks via Overdrive. The only drawback was that Kindles and epub files are incompatible. There are ways around that but removing the DRM from ebooks to convert their formats seems to be a legal grey zones in many countries.
Nonetheless, fourteen years after I first decided I wanted an electronic reading device, I owned one. And the past year and four months with it have been wonderful. Owning an e-reader has encouraged me to read more books and also much more widely. Borrowing books (from the library) couldn’t be easier. Library ebooks don’t get dirty, smudged or torn. No pages ever go missing and I can read borrow ebooks anywhere in the world — as long as I have access to the Internet.
The portability is another draw. It’s small enough to fit into most of my purse and also doesn’t add much weight when I have a lot to carry. At the same time, the screen is not so small that it bothers me when reading. I tried reading ebooks on my iPhone before and not once did I manage to complete a single chapter.
Reading at Night
What I particularly love about the Kindle Paperwhite is that it’s backlit. I can read at night, even when my family switches off the lights to watch TV or when I’m sitting outside somewhere, like at a park or poolside. The backlit screen is what finally convinced me to get it. Compared to my iPad, I think the Kindle Paperwhite is much better suited for reading in the dark because the brightness can be set much lower. In fact, on the whole, this “paper technology” really is much easier on the eyes than LED screens.
One More Wish
The only extra thing I ever wished of my Kindle Paperwhite was a higher screen resolution. Occasionally it bothers me that I can tell the pixels apart, although the screen is crisp enough for comfortable reading. Of course I’m one of those people considering an upgrade to the Kindle Voyage but I’ll wait for the consumer reviews to roll in. For now, my Kindle Paperwhite is a more than sufficient electronic reading companion.