For over a decade, I’ve been a dedicated ebook reader. I’ve had two in all that time, and only because my first, my beloved keyboard Kindle, died a quick death after it fell one too many times. Once upon a time, I thought physical books were a bad idea around my little ones (I feared for the pages). But it turned out to be this little electronic book holder that was a bad idea to have around kids. It slipped and fell too many times and, alas, that last one a couple of years ago was just the last straw for it.
I loved everything about my keyboard Kindle, which, for some crazy reason, they no longer make. I loved the page turn buttons that took about 8 years before they started to fail and I’d have to click two or three times to turn the page. I loved the button that made it possible to skip from chapter to chapter. I loved the keyboard that made it so easy for me to make notes.
Sigh. Now I’ve gone and made myself sad.
After my beloved Kindle died, my husband was quick to replace it. But what could replace that perfect keyboard Kindle? He even got it for me for our first Christmas as a married couple.
Now I have the basic Kindle, mostly because I didn’t find the features of the more expensive ones to be useful to me at all. It’s…okay. Not great, but at least useful.
What I Love
What I love about it is the same thing I love about any ereader: It’s super easy to carry around. I like that it’s small and can fit into the little bag I spent almost two weeks crocheting and sewing together.
It has a backlight. My first Kindle needed to be attached to it’s protective cover for me to use the light, so I think the fact that it has a built-in light is probably my favorite feature.
It holds all my ebooks. And a bunch of pdfs. But it was actually easier to read pdfs on my keyboard Kindle, so I now end up having to resize everything, which is annoying when I’m going between books.
What I Hate
Okay, I really do appreciate everything about a Kindle. It does make reading a lot easier, most of the time. But, over the past couple of years, I’ve also kind of grown to hate it. But I’ll keep using it because most of the books I read are sent to me in ebook format. And it really is easier to carry around since I do love those really big fantasies.
The touch screen just isn’t responsive enough. I usually have to tap it multiple times, and then only in specific areas smaller than what the instructions have informed me to be the areas that can be tapped. I read aloud from it to my youngest at night. It’s awkward to have to pause when “flipping” the page because the freaking screen won’t read my brutal finger jabs. It’s been like that almost from day one.
It’s slippery. I read on it mostly from home and, now that my kids are a little older, I don’t find a protective cover useful. But when literally all sides are smooth, it can get a little slippery and I’ve dropped it when it’s just me around. Butter fingers? Maybe.
My keyboard Kindle had a nifty little bar at the bottom that slowly filled in as I read. I loved the visual-spatial way of how it kept track of my progress. It also let me know the exact percentage. It was almost like reading a physical book and getting to look at how many pages I’d read and how many more I had left. Now I just have a number in the lower right corner. Helpful, but I really miss the bar.
I can’t skip to the next chapter! Sometimes I just want to flip back to an earlier chapter or quickly skim through it when I write my reviews to retrieve the information I need. Now, if I’m lucky since I read a lot of eARCs, I can tap the screen to get the menu (somehow, I never have a problem with getting this to appear), and then tap again to get to the Go To list, and then tap the chapter I think I want. If I’m wrong, I have to repeat the process. It was so much easier with my keyboard Kindle.
I think if I still had my keyboard Kindle, I’d be a very happy Kindle reader and I might never want a physical book again. But I don’t have it. And my new Kindle has been driving me crazy for two years. It’s useful, of course. I just…miss my first one.
For about 7 years, I refused to collect physical books because I was afraid my kids would destroy them. And my keyboard Kindle just made me so happy that I didn’t think I really needed or wanted them. But, over the past year, my frustration has just grown and now I’m slowly turning back into wanting to get those physical copies. They’re so much easier, except for the lighting issue because my daughter really likes it when I read to her from my books. With just her little nightlight on. So I’m stuck with my Kindle at nights.
But I love the physical books because, if I drop it, it won’t break. I can get no better visual on my progress. Seriously, I’m a reader. I do words. I love letters. Numbers make me break out into a cold sweat. And it’s so easy to flip through physical books.
So, my Kindle is nice, but far from my favorite thing. Will I give up on it? Probably eventually, but not for a while. I might actually kill this one before that happens; it’s just not as sturdy as my beloved first Kindle.
What do you love or hate about your ereader?