Monday, September 05, 2011

Kindle anniversary

So it's a year since I got my Kindle.

At the start I wasn't exactly sure how I would use it. But then I downloaded a few free classics, bought a couple of contemporary novels and I was away. A year later I can report that my Kindle has hundreds of books. Well I say books, but some are pdf ebooks and personal documents rather than Kindle books. And nearly 400 of them are samples.

I can honestly say that my book buying habits have been changed. There are, of course, some books which are perhaps not ideal on a Kindle, glossy illustrated books and technical books with lots of charts, for example. But for a straightforward book, which is mostly going to be read cover to cover, the Kindle is great.

A fair few of the books I've downloaded have been giveaways and I think I've found some really good freebies along the way. Others have been heavily discounted in promotions. If a book costs no more than a cup of coffee then I will possibly be interested and may buy it just to read later, despite the depth of my to be read piles. I have a very limited budget for books, but where I would previously have purchased from a charity shop, I am spending the same amount buying a bargain for my Kindle. This has to be good news for the authors, who will at least get some royalties.

My Kindle contains not only novels, but poetry, reference books, crochet and knitting patterns, recipe books, books in German and more. It's truly a portable library I can throw into my handbag. I take advantage of the free books and samples to experiment with less familiar genres, I download both books by very popular mainstream authors and books which have been self-published. I read the samples to help me decide which I feel are worth paying for and I use my sample collection as both a form of wishlist and a quick dip into authors' styles, something invaluable for a writer.

A year on I'm still totally convinced and I'm waiting to see what the rumoured Amazon tablet might bring...

7 comments:

Debbie said...

I've only had my Kindle a few months, but I love it. The fact you can get a book instantly is great.

You can see my experience with Kindle in my post: Bookworm and Kindle.

Sarah Pearson said...

I love books but I want a kindle so baaad!

Cathy said...

Hi Debbie, I agree that being able to get a book instantly is great, but it's also dangerous for the finances!

Welcome Sarah. I'm so pleased that I invested in a Kindle, but I do love books too...

Jenny Beattie said...

I'm fascinated by this Cathy. I've been enjoying reading the occasional book on my iphone until I bought one that I didn't take to immediately. I went back to the beginning and started again but I still couldn't get into it. I had to read this book for bookclub so when I spotted a paper copy in a secondhand shop I bought it. I started the 'real' version and managed to push through the 'I don't like this very much' feeling that I'd had. I've lost my confidence a bit in the e-reader thing because of this experience.

Cathy said...

Jenny, I wonder if the reading experience is very different on an iphone? I don't have a smartphone so I've not yet tried reading on such a small screen, but it doesn't really appeal. The size of a Kindle makes it feel much more like reading a small paperback, especially if you also have it in a cover which opens like a book. Just a thought.

Paul said...

I've had my Kindle since the turn of the year. I don't use it nearly as extensively as you have. I guess I'm an anachronism.

Cathy said...

I guess the Kindle is not for everyone, Paul. I think a world where it can co-exist with paper books is ideal.