Believe me when I say that one of the best feelings here in this world is the smell of a newly purchased book. That sensation when you flip through the first few pages is ineffable. But then you have to admit that sometimes it’s quite inconvenient to bring around a couple of books especially when you already have tons of junk in your bag. Case in point, my bag. Thankfully, the big bosses up there in Amazon heard my plea and bookworms alike thus the creation of their e-reader, the Kindle.
I’ve had my eyes on it since late last year but I was having second thoughts about getting one. I don’t think I can ever give up that organic experience of reading a real book. However, hearing the positive reviews from fellow readers and Kindle-users convinced me otherwise. So after two months, I finally got my Kindle last weekend and the best part is it was a gift from my generous Aunt. Thank you, Universe!
The kind that I got is the Kindle Touch. Now, let’s go to the technical parts first. The Kindle Touch has a 6-inch multi-touch E-ink display and weighs 7 ounces only. It only has two buttons, the home button on the middle and the power button at the bottom. With a memory capacity of 4GB, you can store up to 3,000 books.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways (E. Browning, 1850)
1. One of the things that Amazon boasts about their Kindle is its E-ink technology. Reading the text is just like reading any other normal book sans the paper. And because it has no backlight, eyestrain will not be much of a problem unless you’re reading 24/7.
2. The matte finish of the screen reduces glare which is perfect whenever you’re outside (i.e. pretending to read at the beach but in reality you’re just checking out for boys).
3. Amongst all e-readers (and Kindle types, I think), Kindle Touch is the only one that has the Read-To-Me feature. This enables the device to read the text to you if you’re not really in the mood to read but still want to continue with your book. You can either use your earphones or listen through the built-in speakers at the back.
4. It’s light. I mean, really light. You have no idea how happy I am knowing that I have many books in this tiny device. Totes awesome!
We all know that love affairs such as this are not perfect. Truth to be told, I’m not a fan of touch screens because they have the tendency to get wonky but knowing that this one was given as a gift I don’t think I have the slightest right to even complain. I just want to point out that typing using the screen isn’t really a breeze because, well, of the e-ink. It’s not also ideal to surf the Internet despite having its own browser. After all, it is still under the “experimental” stage. Those two are, I think, my biggest issues so far.
But alas, I’m willing to do something that I find difficult to do in any human relationship: compromise. That being said, I’m very happy with my newest baby and I think I will spend more time with it rather than talk to people and listen to their narcissistic thoughts. Yes to anti-social tendencies!
For more information about the Kindle touch and the whole Kindle family, you can visit http://www.amazon.com.
PS. I am this close in purchasing a Kate Spade Kindle cover which is relatively pricey for a gadget accessory. Le sigh.