by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
If you're a traditional hardcover and paperback lover, it's understandable if you feel torn between the books on your shelves and the convenience of digital ebooks. The first time I read a book on an e-reader, I felt a little lost without physical pages to turn or a concrete sense of how far along I was in the book.
But there was something freeing about it, too. It meant being able to take multiple books with me wherever I went (without carrying the extra weight), being able to look up words in the built-in dictionary, and not worrying about losing my place in the book.
Reading a Kindle vs. reading a traditional book doesn't have to be an "either/or" decision. Picking up a Kindle doesn't mean you'll never pick your favorite book off the shelf again. It just means you have more options for reading whatever you want, wherever you want.
Why a Kindle?
One of the best parts about owning a Kindle is that you can store multiple books on one slim, ultra-portable device. If you're like me and you end up lugging 10 books home every time you set foot in a library or bookstore, you'll appreciate the lighter weight and the ability to switch between books easily.
Another reason to love the Kindle is that you can buy or download a book at home, without driving to the library or the bookstore. Most libraries in the U.S. allow you to borrow ebooks just as you would a traditional book—but without leaving home. There are no late fees, either, since the ebook expires automatically on the due date.
A Kindle gives you access to books that are only available in digital format. Plus you can download as many free ebooks as you can find, including public domain (our of copyright) books—which is especially appealing if you love the classics. Project Gutenberg is one of the best places to download free books, with over 42,000 free ebooks on file.
More Than Just an E-Reader
If you want your device to serve double duty, choose a Kindle Fire, which is Amazon's tablet with built-in e-reader functions. You can read ebooks, surf the web, answer emails, and check your social media accounts all on one device. Just keep in mind that the battery won't last as long, so if you plan to use the device mainly for reading, you might be better off with a simpler e-reader model.
So is the Kindle worth it? In our opinion, yes. Yes, it is.
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