Kindle Paperwhite: The Good, The Bad and The Myth

Hey everyone,

At some point or the other every book-lover has written at least a single article on Kindle. I wanted to do too, but I also wanted to experience this much-talked-about e-reader first.

I’ll admit that I tried to stay away from e-readers for as long as possible. When I began reviewing books on request for my book blog, The Reading Bud, I was facing an unforeseen problem when the authors sent me their books in electronic format(e-books.) At that time, I was using Samsung Note-2, so I did the most sensible thing- I downloaded Aldiko. But after reading a couple of books, I started to feel the need for a better app. I tried a few other reading apps and finally found one that was better than Aldiko- UB Reader.

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UB Reader was amazing and I totally loved it (and I still feel that it’s the best e-book reader for ANDROID.) I enjoyed this new experience of reading e-books on my notebook, but after a few months my eyes started to get stressed and I developed terrible headaches. I consulted my doctor and she told me that the backlight of my note was not good for my eyes at all.

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I was devastated as I was really enjoying to read e-books, but the thought of picking up my note and reading again with the sharp backlight was enough to put me off every time. Meanwhile, I read a lot about the new Kindle Paperwhite. I once saw my cousin’s kindle (the old one) and I didn’t like the grey little thing with the tiny keyboard on it, and honestly, I thought that it was kind of sad-looking.

Now, with no option left, I finally told Vishal that I’ll go with the new Kindle (of course, after reading a few positive articles and reviews) but I was a bit skeptical all along.

Next day he handed me a small gift-wrapped box. I was so excited at the thought of this new amazing gadget, that I tore open the amazon box like a savage little girl (I hate tearing up boxes and gift-wrappers.) And inside was the most beautiful little tablet I’d ever seen! It was so gorgeous that I fell in love with it the moment I held it in my hands.

I right away named it- Eddard.

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My Kindle- Eddard

Today, nine months and 250 e-books later (around 50 or so read), I’m here to share my experience with the incredible KINDLE PAPERWHITE:

The Good:

  1. Unbelievably long battery-life.
  2. Extremely light weight.
  3. Smart inbuilt dictionary
  4. Easy Wikipedia access.
  5. Soft backlight with easily adjustable brightness settings.
  6. Amazing display settings: Changeable fonts, font-size, line-spacing and margins.
  7. Smart Goodreads access.
  8. Organised shelving in the form of ‘Collections.’
  9. Kindle cloud.
  10. Smooth page turn.
  11. Kindle’s Vocabulary Builder (read more about it in my next article.)
  12. Easy sync.
  13. Brilliant note-making.
  14. Recommendations based on your Goodreads’ ‘To-read’ shelf
  15. Kindle’s Free Time
  16. Easy NetGalley Transfer.
  17. Easy bookmarking.
  18. Password protection.
  19. Thousands of free e-books provided by Amazon.
  20. Integrated Amazon shopping.
  21. Cheaper books.
  22. Easy to connectivity with laptops.
  23. Available in two variants: Wifi and 3G.

There are a lot more small little things that make Kindle perfect. In short, it’s the best e-book reader on the planet.


The Bad:

Nothing!

Honestly, there’s nothing bad about Kindle (unless you are a stupid little girl who wants to compare it to paperbacks- which, I must tell you, a lot of people do.)


The Myth:

The only thing going against Kindle, as far as I know,  is that people are stuck-up with the age-old belief that paperbacks/hardcovers are the best, no matter what.

There’s practically nothing wrong with Kindle. I’ve read more than a 100 articles that say that Kindle doesn’t have the feel of the paper or the smell of new and old pages. Well, obviously, because it’s NOT a physical book. It’s a device, a GADGET and the best one at that. People should understand that comparing it with paperbacks or hardcovers will only stop them from experiencing something new.

I use Kindle but still I’ve bought around 30 paperbacks in the last 8 months. I love physical books a lot, but it doesn’t mean that buying Kindle is the end of the world.

I’m a gadget fanatic and I love my little babies. I love my Kindle because it allows me to download the requested review books and NetGalley reads easily. I love it because if I’m not sure about buying an expensive book then I can buy a cheaper e-version and decide for myself whether or not I like it enough for keeping in my physical bookshelf.

In the end, I’d like to say that if you love reading and buying books then you should get yourself a KINDLE Paperwhite without a second thought!

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Eddard at StarBucks

If you are considering buying Kindle Paperwhite then visit here for more details (affiliate link.)


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28 Comments on “Kindle Paperwhite: The Good, The Bad and The Myth

      • It is garbage. Only works for Amazon books other than by using convoluted processes. It is difficult to navigate. Produces gobbledygook when converting pdf. Is only Black and White. Totally unsuitable for technical books. Doesn’t resize photos and graphs. Only suitable for recycling.

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  1. I’ve had a kindle touch now for a few years, and I love reading on it. But I do love paperbacks more. They’re different things, but I will always buy paperback if I can. I like the ability to download samples of books on kindle, and get books that aren’t available in print. The only downside to the kindle for me is the fact that it isn’t compatible with library ebook loans, so I’m thinking of getting a kobo to go along with it. Happy reading. 🙂

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  2. I have just got a Kindle and I’m getting use to it. I love books as I am a slow and lazy reader. Apart from that I just love the feel of holding a book but you can’t do much about that when you are holding a gadget in your hand.;) Kindle is a saviour when certain books are unavailable in print or highly priced. I normally do a lot of reading and sitting at the laptop which leaves my eyes stressed so I’m just getting use to Kindle. I hope you do not have glasses. Keep reading!

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    • I agree, nothing can ever replace the feeling of a paperback! I love yhem too… but with my book-blog I read a lot of books by international independent authors, and when they send the books to me, it’s mostly in e-version. So I read more e-books than the physical ones.
      I hope you’ll get used to Kindle soon. It’ll be so much better for your eyes.
      I had glasses but after I shifted to kindle my number went down drastically. My doc gave me a thumbs up for getting rid of them this Jan, but I love wearing cateyes, so I got one made of a very small number… lol!
      I wear them only when I’m around people! Lol!

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  3. I agree completely. 🙂 I love my kindle and don’t think I could manage without it. I still love proper books but the ease of Kindle is just too appealing. The ability to finish one book and immediately go onto Amazon and buy the next in the series is probably not always the best thing, though – not when you read as quickly as I do! At least e-books are cheaper than proper books…

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    • Haha! I agree Louise! E-books are cheaper than the paperbacks… I’m a compulsive reader myself, and I understand your point about buying the next in the series… Kindle makes it easy for people like us to read without a y worries!!!
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Louise… ☺ Have a great weekend!

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  4. Talking to the converted!😀 I had the old kindle for a couple of years but upgraded to the paper white in spring and now wonder why I waited. Anti ebooks to start with but eye disease made it so much easier for me to read – wouldn’t be without one now. Lovely lively post.

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    • Thanks a lot Annika! I’m so glad that you love Kindle Paperwhite too… there’s a new Kindle now don’t remember the name, but is has a slightly more sleek design. I compared it with Paperwhite but there’s practically no difference… I’m so attached to my kindle that a new one coming to the market literally horrified me. lol!
      I’m gonna be sticking to this one for atleast the next 5 years… 😀

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      • Don’t confuse me!😀 I didn’t know there was yet another kindle. I too will stick with the paperwhite for many years, any tablet like device really hurts my eyes after a while with the backlighting, hence the great positive aspect of the kindle.

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  5. I love to read ebooks and use a galaxy note as well. I was reading about ub reader and found your page. You can change the backscreen light with apps like “nightmode” it’s excellent! Also, there are android based e-readers with e-ink screen as good as the kindle, I’m looking forward to buy one. Thank you for your opinion about ub reader, I will try it now.

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    • Hi Nivea, Thanks for reading this article. And you’re welcome. I tried the “nightmode” and it was indeed quite good. But in the longer run, the phone’s screen light will have dangerous effects on your eyes if you read more than 2 e-books a month. Let’s face it, phones are not meant to read so many books, continuously. So I’ll suggest getting a Kindle if you read a lot. If you read 1-2 books then Note is fine and the app you just mentioned will make it easy on your eyes but if not then consider buying an e-book reader as they are always better than phones for reading books.
      I hope you’ll choose wisely. Let me know whatever you decide and how it pans out for you 🙂
      Best wishes.
      Heena

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