Kindle… worth it? Good? Differences?

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Is a Kindle worth it?
    Yeah, they're great! Just get one for book-reading though, not a tablet (not good enough to double) : (41 votes)
    60 %
    Yeah, they're great! Get a tablet one. Kill two birds with one stone. : (18 votes)
    26 %
    Nope. The cost of Kindle books are nearly as much as regular, and having a physical book is better! : (5 votes)
    7 %
    No; they're just not worth getting : (1 votes)
    1 %
    They're okay. You can get a cheap one? : (3 votes)
    4 %
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    4834 posts
    Honey bee

    @yanamari:  I love mine but mostly read free books on it. The problem with the tablet ones is that they don’t have the nice matt screen so aren’t as good to read on for longer periods.

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    7090 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I don’t think they’re worth it, but I despise e-readers (except iPads, that are used for so much more, and don’t need to be used as e-readers at all) so I may be biase

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    4834 posts
    Honey bee

    I’ll never give up physical books; e-readers are great for travelling but you can’t take them into the bath!

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    326 posts
    Helper bee

    I take my kindle in the bath! I love it, especially on holiday so I don’t have to carry lots of heavy books. It is light, fits easily in handbag and you get books straight away and don’t clutter up the house. Special books I want to keep I still buy printed copies. Main drawback for me is you can’t have it on during take off or landing on plane.

    I voted. It to get one as a tablet as I have never tried it, I have a basic kindle.

     

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    348 posts
    Helper bee

    I love my Kindle! It isn’t as good as a tablet but I have the 3G version, which basically gives you slow, black and white but totally free internet anywhere in the world. Been a lifesaver when on holiday – also frees up a lot more shoe room in the suitcase (I’m a big reader on holiday!) 

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    466 posts
    Helper bee

    My FMIL bought me one last christmas. I have a book on it that I haven’t even gotten through. However, I have read several hard copy books in the past year. I don’t know. I like turning pages. And honestly, I can get a paperback cheaper in real life than buying it for my kindle. Plus the battery never dies on a book. But that’s just my opinion. ANd maybe I’ll give the kindle more of a chance this next year but we’ll see.

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    1313 posts
    Bumble bee

    I was one of these people that said I will never give up books for a kindle. My husband purchased one for me and now I find it difficult to read books.  I read at least 3 – 4 books a month so the saving alone is worth it.

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    604 posts
    Busy bee

    I love my Kindle.  I have an older one (the 3rd gen) and a Kindle Fire.  I have loved them both. The 3 is great for reading for long periods of time, as it’s much easier on your eyes.   I got use the Fire when we travel, to double as a tablet, however browsing is quite slow on it.  I’m perfectly ok with that.  DH has an iPad I switch to if I need speed, but usually I do just fine.  

    If you do get one, be sure to either ‘like’ Pixel of Ink on Facebook, or subscribe for their daily emails, as they send out TONS of free book offers daily.  

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    1744 posts
    Bumble bee

    I have a regular kindle. And I frigging love that thing! SO has a kindle. Fire. Its great too but I wouldnt use it for reading. I use it for other things like movies or games. If i had a choice, a regular kjndle over the fire would be my choice. Ita a dedicated reader as ot shpuld be.

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    4338 posts
    Honey bee

    I haven’t read through the replies (sorry all) so I don’t know what’s been said already, but I love my kindle. I got it last year or the year prior for X-mas, so it’s one of the basic models but I still LOVE it. It looks like a book, and the only thing on the thing are books, so I can’t get distracted with other internet-y things. I like that I can have that focus. The only downside is that if you are reading outside (which I love to do) the screen will have a glare. Also, it would be better if you can find a model with a back lit screen, just in case your lighting gets bad. I love the consolidation of my books though. So convenient.

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    1141 posts
    Bumble bee

    I didn’t think I’d be too crazy about my Kindle, but I do love it. The amount of space it saves in having to store all these books is just insane.  And I love being able to go away and take one book-like object, rather than five or six big heavy books. 

    I have both a regular Kindle and a Kindle Fire (the tablet). I don’t read on the Fire, because it doesn’t have the e-ink screen and it kind of hurts my eyes.  I read exclusively on my regular Kindle (and I have a couple simple games on there, but I don’t really play them).  I use the Fire for simple web browsing and games, and as like a more portable laptop. For example, when we came home from our honeymoon I loaded our pictures on it so I could take them to show friends and family without lugging a laptop.  I also use the Fire when I travel for work so I have internet access.

    I also just got DH an HD Fire for Christmas. He uses it for both reading and killing time, and he doesn’t have a problem with reading on it (yes, we exchanged gifts already).  The screen on that one seems to be a little more conducive to long term use, so that might be a better option if you’re looking for an all-in-one.  And it’s MUCH less expensive than any other name brand tablet on the market and IMO works just as well.  It doesn’t have the computing power of say, an iPad, but if you’re just looking for a glorified toy to play games on, at $200 the Kindle is a way more economical choice.  If you want a legit laptop replacement, I’d look into an iPad or something more pricey with more processing power.

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    5315 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’m obessed with my Kindle Fire HD. I resisted for years and now I literally use it every single day. I’m on it right now. I use it to surf the net, access email, games, and especially love it for my music. Because of this thinh I’ve read more books in the last two months than I have in years. I also have magazine subscriptions. I got an anti glare film for the screen and it works fine, no eye strain.

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    Worker bee

    I don’t have a kindle, but I do have the Nook.  I really like the convience of my e-reader.  I can get a new book at 2 am when I can’t sleep.  I love it for traveling since I don’t have to carry multiple books with me.  I love the e-reader vs reading on my iPad because of the non-backlit screen.  Super easy on the eyes.  Cons- when the battery dies in the middle of a great book and you are on a trip and can’t charge it.

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