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Why You Should Buy a Kindle (Even If You Love Real Books)

Shianne Edelmayer Updated 24-04-2020

If you’ve ever set foot in a bookworm’s bedroom, the first thing you’ll notice are the books. In fact, there are probably so many books that the dusty shelves are creaking under the weight of limited edition hardcovers and dog-eared paperbacks.

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This lack of space can lead people to wonder what they should do with their own books. Fortunately, there are a host of brilliant ereaders available, with the Amazon Kindle being the best of the bunch. And these devices solve the problem of space.

And that’s far from the only reason to buy a Kindle, even if you’re a fan printed books. So, in this article, we tell you why you should buy a Kindle, even if you love “real” books.

1. The Single Biggest Reason to Buy a Kindle…

Should I Get a Kindle

Forget the Kindle Store. Forget the convenience of having thousands of books on a single device no thicker than a pencil. Put aside the robust, well-built hardware that survives even the most careless of users.

The single biggest reason why the Kindle is awesome is because it’s really easy to use. There’s no learning curve and very few bells or whistles.

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Front and center of this reading experience is the screen itself. The Kindle Paperwhite, the most popular Kindle model, uses E Ink Carta technology. With a visual appearance similar to printed words on a sheet of paper, the Paperwhite also has a dimmable screen for reading late at night, and no glare on sunny days.

Additionally, the latest version of Amazon’s E Ink screens refresh almost immediately, so there’s little to no lag.

The Kindle battery can also run for weeks on end while slowly sipping electricity. This makes reading on a Kindle just as easy, if not easier, than reading a printed book.

Moreover, unlike old-school books:

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  • You don’t have to worry about bent pages or bookmarks falling out; you’ll never accidentally lose your place in a story.
  • You can highlight passages without ruining the page, or see what other people have highlighted.

This winning combination of easy-to-use features has people reading far more than they otherwise would.

2. Should I Buy a Kindle If I Read at Night?

Should I Buy a Kindle If I Read in Bed?

Lots of us read late at night, but hardcover books aren’t always great for reading in bed. Having a lamp on for too long can also cause eye strain.

This is why Amazon Kindle is great for night owls.

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The reason for this? In all modern Kindle devices (ranging from the Paperwhite to the Oasis), there are small LED lights located beneath the screen. This LED system makes sure the screen is lit up just enough for you to read late at night, but not enough that the backlight can disrupt your sleep schedule.

Sleep disruptions caused by backlights are common with phones and laptops, but with Kindle devices, the LED system has a natural, soft white light. It can be manually adjusted for the amount of illumination you require, which ensures that you get the best of both worlds: sleep and entertainment.

3. Why Get a Kindle When I Can Buy Books in a Store?

Why Get a Kindle?

Because you can buy even more books through the Kindle Store, that’s why.

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Before we praise the Kindle Store, we want to say that we’re well aware that book lovers enjoy the act of browsing a bookstore to find new content. There’s something magical about wandering the aisles, only to find the perfect book on sale.

It’s hard to replicate that feeling of nostalgia and adventure in an online setting. Fortunately, having a Kindle doesn’t stop you from browsing the shelves. In fact, it will actually increase your ability to hunt for the best book.

The Kindle Store is much larger than most physical buildings. At the last count, it had millions upon millions of titles available, which is huge.

Additional facts about the Kindle Store:

  • You can download free book “samples” to read at a later date.
  • When you buy a book, titles are delivered to your Kindle in seconds.
  • Every day, Amazon sells a wide range of top-tier novels and non-fiction books at knockdown prices. Some of these sales can bring book prices down to $2 a pop, which means that the sales are pretty hard to resist.

Seriously, Kindle is by far the best platform to impulse buy books at all hours of the day, and find new content.

4. Should I Buy a Kindle If I Use Goodreads?

How Do I Use Goodreads on Kindle

In 2013, Amazon acquired the book-based social network Goodreads for an undisclosed sum. While this move was initially quite controversial within the Goodreads community, since then, Amazon has largely maintained a hands-off approach to running the site.

The only thing that’s really changed? Amazon has slowly integrated support for Goodreads into all of its Kindle devices, making Goodreads one of the must-have mobile apps for book lovers 10 Must-Have Apps for Book Lovers Love to read? You need these apps designed for bookworms. They'll help you find new books, connect with others, and more. Read More around the world.

So long as you bought your Kindle from a supported Marketplace, your device should automatically have a Goodreads icon at the top of the screen. Through this integrated app function, you can:

  • See what your friends are reading, and rate the books that you’re reading via Goodreads, too—all without putting down your device.
  • Additionally, you can share passages that you think are interesting or meaningful.
  • You can also see recommendations based upon books you’ve previously purchased or rated.

This is a huge plus for book lovers, especially if you’re looking for ways to easily contribute to this millions-strong community of bibliophiles.

Why Buy a Kindle? Because It’s Awesome!

The Amazon Kindle isn’t perfect, but then, what is? However, we personally feel the advantages of owning a Kindle far outweigh the disadvantages.

For the majority of people, a Kindle offers the ideal way to read ebooks. They’re easy to use, have a low physical footprint, boast a long battery life, and a large storage capacity. And they’re pretty affordable too.

There are also plenty of apps and sites that can improve your Kindle experience Got a New Kindle Reader? 5 Apps and Sites Every Kindle Owner Will Love If you own a Kindle, then use these apps and sites to unlock its full potential and features. Read More . So, if you have the time, we suggest you read up on them too.

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  1. Bambi Montgomery
    May 6, 2020 at 11:33 am

    I absolutely love my Kindle - never thought I would make the adjustment from actual books to e-books but I would be lost without it now. Apart from the fact that you never run out of reading matter, it is the best way to read whilst travelling, either on a daily commute or long distance!

  2. Troller
    January 21, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Ye toh bik gya gormmit

  3. Michelle
    January 2, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Paid advertisement is right. E-reader said sales are going down because people figured out that they can read ebooks on their phones and tablets just as well, without purchasing an extra device. Now you gotta convince them that no, buying a dedicated device where you are limited to greyscale, their app store and certain formats is the better choice. It's not working anymore. Even ebook only readers got wise.

    Oh and at least 90% of the time, I can get a gently used copy of the same novels on amazon for less than the kindle price. So knockdown prices indeed. I've gotten plenty of books for 0.1 and $3 shipping with the kindle price being $5 or $6.99.

  4. Sean
    December 17, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Has it got the same effect like watching on a TV too long or writing an e-mail on youre phone at night? Thanks

  5. Ross
    September 15, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    This is a paid advertisement. I repent for having ever supported e-readers and eBooks. No one prefers an eBooks over real books.

  6. Jaguar Paw
    August 28, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I have developed an android app for Quora that perform following functions automatically:
    Collect offline reading content as per the search term
    Trim web pages using a website specific algorithm to make it as readable as possible
    Save webpage in special format so that all images get embedded locally in the webpage instead of mere external links
    Merge multiple webpages in a single document
    Send the document to Kindle in an eBook like format with all the images intact
    Night mode for reading

    I have also developed similar app for wikipedia/wikihow and currently working on a version that will work for all websites.

  7. twilight
    July 30, 2017 at 8:17 am

    And will you still be able to read on a kindle in 50 years time when that "dog eared" book is still around? Print books are still better!!!!!

  8. Amelie
    June 21, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    This article is an elaborate ad. Seriously guys it's a little ridiculous...

    • Twilight
      July 30, 2017 at 8:21 am

      I completely agree!!!

  9. George Gauthier
    July 28, 2016 at 1:17 am

    The screen is too small. I wish my Kindle had an 8 inch screen.

    • Matthew Hughes
      July 31, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      You could get a Kindle DX secondhand!

    • Anonymous
      May 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      you can increase the text size and it has a rotation option

  10. Troy Satterfield
    July 27, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Matthew

    I felt much the same way when I first started hearing about e-readers. I could just never have imagined giving up my physical books. Now, several years later, I have a Paperwhite at work and I keep one at home also. I still keep physical copies of my favorite books but I love my kindles and I, too, read many more books than I did before they came along. I am also so grateful for the ability to enlarge the font for my aging eyes. E-readers are a great technology. Thanks for the well written article .

    • Matthew Hughes
      July 31, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much Troy!

  11. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Sorry, Matt and all you other Kindle enthusiasts. If something horrendous happens to dead-tree book, you only lose that individual .book. If something horrendous happens to the Kindle, you lose you entire library.

    What is the importance/significance of having thousands of books on your Kindle? You can read only one book at a time, just as with dead-tree books. Unless, of course, it is bragging rights. Mine is bigger then yours, nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah.

    • Matthew Hughes
      July 27, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Actually, that's not true. If something happens to my Kindle, I get a replacement, and my books are still there.

      If anything happens to Amazon... Well... That's not going to happen.

      Also, I frequently travel for weeks at a time. It's just really impractical to carry my entire library with me.

      • Anonymous
        July 27, 2016 at 9:21 pm

        Have you actually gotten a replacement for a stolen or destroyed Kindle?

        • Matthew Hughes
          July 27, 2016 at 9:24 pm

          My mom did. The screen on hers broke, and she got a replacement from Amazon because it was in-warranty.

          If it was stolen, then I imagine we'd be able to get a replacement on our house insurance, or just buy one. They're not that expensive.

        • Anonymous
          July 27, 2016 at 10:14 pm

          OK.

          It still doesn't convince me to run out and get a Kindle.

        • Matthew Hughes
          July 31, 2016 at 4:05 pm

          What WOULD convince you?

        • Anonymous
          July 31, 2016 at 6:37 pm

          Only if e-books were the only form of books available. :-))
          And even then I would not jump of the Kindle bandwagon. I would buy an e-reader made by another company.

    • Anonymous
      May 26, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Then that is YOUR mistake!!!

      • John Deam
        December 11, 2018 at 6:19 pm

        The Kindle is the best reading device.

  12. Len Edgerly
    July 26, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    This is a great summary of the benefits of Kindle reading--well done. I went all in with Kindle eight years ago when I started a weekly podcast called The Kindle Chronicles. In fact, today is the anniversary of the show and I'm scheduled to interview Jeff Bezos this morning for this week's episode, which will upload on Friday. So it was a nice morning to read your post, which was referred to me by a long-time listener. Thanks!

    • Matthew Hughes
      July 27, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Hey Len! Let me know when your podcast is out. I'd love to listen.

      • Len Edgerly
        July 27, 2016 at 3:23 pm

        Will do, Matthew. I recorded the interview with Jeff yesterday morning and will have it up at thekindlechronicles.com by Friday night. He was in good form, full of convincing passion for books and the Kindle platform.

      • Len Edgerly
        July 30, 2016 at 3:23 am

        The show is up, Matthew. Here's the link: http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/07/29/tkc-417-jeff-bezos/

        • Matthew Hughes
          July 31, 2016 at 4:06 pm

          Brilliant! I'm going to listen to that later on today!

  13. Rob Nightingale
    July 26, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I can't imagine being without my Kindle :)

    • Matthew Hughes
      July 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Nor can I now.

  14. Harry Guinness
    July 26, 2016 at 3:42 am

    This isn’t news Matty! Welcome to 2012—at the absolute latest. :P

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2016 at 5:37 am

      He has NOT presented this as if it were news. He has CLEARLY presented this as a new experience for himself that he wants to share with readers. Nothing wrong with that, particularly since a lot of people aren't using e-book readers yet. So, while it is interesting to note that you can report this to be 2012 stuff, it is irrelevant to this article ;-)

      • Matthew Hughes
        July 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm

        Thanks Peter!

  15. Athos Cuneiform
    July 25, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Wife and I have owned kindles for years. They're pocket-sized to carry when you expect to sit and wait somewhere.

    • Matthew Hughes
      July 27, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      That's a huge advantage of them, yes! :)