Why You Should Buy a Kindle, Even If You Love Real Books

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If you ever step foot into my bedroom (as unlikely as that may be), the first thing you’ll notice are the books. Suffice to say I have a lot of books. In fact, I have so many that my dusty shelves creak under the weight of dog-eared paperback novels and thick computer science textbooks. They’re awkwardly piled upon each other, and the overflow is piled up on my floor. I’ve long since given up on organizing them in any sort of coherent manner.

I like books – specifically paperback books. For the longest time, I’ve been adamant that I would never get an Amazon Kindle Which Kindle Device Should You Buy? A Comparison Guide Which Kindle Device Should You Buy? A Comparison Guide There are four different Kindle e-readers available to buy for various kinds of users. But which Kindle device is right for you? Read More , or for that matter, any kind of e-reader. Old-school printed books, I’d insist, are the only way to appreciate the written word. Books never run out of power. Once I’ve finished with a book, I can share it with a friend or donate it to a thrift store, as books aren’t encased in a tight layer of DRM (Digital Rights Management).

And yet, earlier this month, I was sat by my front door, eagerly waiting for a courier to deliver my brand-new Kindle Paperwhite (UK). Like thousands of other people across the world, I was tempted by the steep reductions Amazon offered in its annual Prime Day sale What's Amazon Prime Day and How Do I Get the Best Deals? What's Amazon Prime Day and How Do I Get the Best Deals? Amazon Prime is one of the best events for consumers in last decade. It really brought online shopping to the masses and transformed the way we approach purchases. Read More .

It was an impulse buy, but one I’m not regretting. In just one week, I’ve been convinced that the Kindle is the future of reading. Maybe you, like me, had serious doubts about the nature of electronic books. But you should rid yourself of them immediately. The Amazon Kindle offers everything you love about books, but with a few added extras that justify the whole expense.

Using a Kindle Is a Delight

Forget the Kindle Store. Forget the sheer convenience of having thousands of books on a device no thicker than a pencil. Forget the robust, well-built hardware, which survives even the most careless of users. The main reason why you should buy a Kindle is because it’s awesome to actually use.


Front and center of the reading experience is the delightful E-Ink screen What Is E-Ink? How It Works & Why Every Ebook Fan Needs It What Is E-Ink? How It Works & Why Every Ebook Fan Needs It If you read ebooks and haven't switched to E-Ink yet, then you're seriously missing out. Here's everything you need to know about why E-Ink rocks for ebook lovers. Read More , which can conservatively be described as a masterpiece of engineering. It looks just like printed words on a sheet of paper. Unlike many computer and tablet screens, it is readable in the sun. The latest version of Amazon’s e-ink screens refreshes almost immediately, so there’s little to no lag. This was a problem in earlier models. The Kindle can run for weeks on end (the Kindle Oasis lasts for months), whilst slowly sipping electricity.

Moreover, unlike old-school, dead-tree books, you don’t have to worry about bent pages, or bookmarks falling out. You don’t have to worry about accidentally knocking them from your bedside table and losing your place.

You can also highlight and share passages, without the pang of guilt you feel when you deface an otherwise pristine book. You can also see passages other people have highlighted, which I’ve found brings my attention to passages I’d have otherwise skipped straight past.


This winning combination has resulted in me reading more books than I otherwise would How to Use Your Kindle to Read More Books How to Use Your Kindle to Read More Books Many of us have a desire to read more books, but it's hard to find the time and inclination to do so. Your Kindle can help you achieve this goal. Here's how... Read More . In the past week, I’ve devoured titles by Paul Carr and Daniel “Fake Steve Jobs” Lyons, and I’m halfway through an especially weighty O’Reilly title on big data. Previously, I’d read perhaps two books a month, maximum. Now, I can’t stop reading.

The Kindle Is Perfect For Night Owls

I’ve got a particular fondness for the Kindle Paperwhite. That’s because I spend a lot of time flying red-eyes from the U.S. to the UK, and vice-versa. Like most people, I can’t sleep on flights, especially when sat in the cramped and uncomfortable confines of coach class. During these flights, I’m quite conscious of the fact that the people near me are probably trying to get some rest. As a result, I’m reluctant to delve through my bag to find a book, or to switch on the reading light.

But the next time I head overseas, I won’t need to turn on an overhead light to read a book on my Kindle Paperwhite. It has four tiny LEDs buried underneath its black plastic bezel, which can be adjusted depending on the amount of illumination required. If I finish my book, or get bored of it and want to read another one, I can just switch to another one cached on its internal storage.


Even better, because these LEDs emit natural-looking white light and they aren’t shining directly into my face, I can read in bed without risking my Kindle affecting my sleep.

I Can Still Impulse Buy Books

One of my favorite things in the world is going into a book store – be it Waterstones in the UK, or Barnes and Noble in the United States – and exploring. I love wandering the aisles, finding books in the sale, and blurring the lines between “browsing” and “loitering

Having a Kindle hasn’t stopped me from doing that. I’ve slowly built a collection of titles on my Kindle that I “totally intend to read one day“. I just haven’t had to head to the book store, or wait for an Amazon courier to drop them off.


The Kindle Store is where you download books. In my experience, it’s a bit of a mixed bag, but for this article we’ll focus on the positives.

For starters, it has more books than you could possibly hope to read in your lifetime – just shy of 5 million, which is insane. Titles are delivered in seconds, and if you pay extra for one of the 3G-enabled Kindles, you don’t even have to be connected to WiFi. You could be on a beach somewhere exotic, sipping a frosty pina colada, and you would still get your books delivered to your device.

Then there are the deals. Every day, Amazon sells a range of top-tier novels and non-fiction books at knockdown prices. Some are pretty hard to resist.


Some cost just $2. Others cost a tiny bit more, but are still well below the market price of the book itself.

Goodreads Makes Your Kindle Social

In 2013, Amazon acquired the book-based social network, Goodreads, for an undisclosed sum. While this was initially quite controversial within the Goodreads community, Amazon has largely had a hands-off approach to running the site. The only thing that has changed is that Amazon is slowly integrating support for it into its Kindles, and the Goodreads app is certainly one of the must-have mobile apps for book lovers.


Provided you buy your Kindle in the U.S., Canada, Australia, or the UK, you can now see what your friends are reading, and rate the books you’ve just read without ever having to leave your device. You can even share passages you think are interesting, or meaningful, and see recommendations based on stuff you’ve previously rated or purchased.

This is a huge plus for me, as Goodreads has always seemed to be more hassle than it’s worth. If I wanted to share a snippet from a book, I’d just take a picture on my phone and post it to Twitter. But now I can easily contribute to this 40 million-strong community of bibliophiles 10 Essential Goodreads Tips For Book Nerds 10 Essential Goodreads Tips For Book Nerds Goodreads has made the hunt for the next book to read a lot easier. If you like books, and are on Goodreads (or planning to be), then these tips should help enrich your reading experience. Read More .

Just Buy a Kindle Already

The Kindle isn’t perfect, but I personally feel the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. And for the majority of people, the Kindle is the ideal way to read books in this day and age. It’s one of those wonderful gifts that promise to entertain and delight bookworms.

Reading books on the Kindle Paperwhite is an absolute pleasure, and its low physical footprint, long battery life, and large storage capacity make it among the most convenient ways to enjoy the written word. There are also plenty of apps and sites that can supercharge your Kindle experience Got a New Kindle Reader? 5 Apps and Sites Every Kindle Owner Will Love 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, what are you waiting for, just buy one already. I did, and I’m so glad I did.

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

    Ye toh bik gya gormmit

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!!!!

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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

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


    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!

  10. 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


          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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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! :)