I Switched To A Kindle
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I recently turned 19 and gifted myself a Kindle Paperwhite.
I love reading and get a lot of value out of books. Reading for me was more than just the contents of a book. The whole experience of reading a physical book- the feel, the smell, and the touch- is therapeutic. In my early years, I mostly read fiction, some classics, and the rare biography. During this time, I was repulsive to even the thought of reading on a gadget. There was no need to. Besides, I would never betray the print.
Slowly, non-fiction made its way into my reading. And, things started to change drastically. I was now underlining sentences, often whole paragraphs, and taking notes on the margins for referencing later. So, whenever the need to revisit those notes and highlights would arise, I would have to pick up the book and search for them. All this was fine until I wanted to revisit them during odd situations, away from the books. Things started to get rough since it wasn’t practical to carry them around. So, I experimented by typing them into Evernote. But, this process was way too cumbersome and I gave up soon.
In no time, my practical self was lobbying to make the switch. Still, there was a hint of skepticism in me. After watching a few review videos on YouTube, I finally made the switch.
I can highlight as much as I want. My highlights will appear in an Evernote folder, with a tool like Readwise. I can read in the dark. The battery lasts for weeks. There is a built-in dictionary that works offline too. My Goodreads account is also connected. And, kindle books are a lot cheaper. This cover from Amazon auto wakes/sleeps the kindle, so I no longer have to press the button. It protects the device very well and can be folded into a stand.
I even made a little calculation. Because of the price difference, at around 50 to 75 books my Kindle would repay itself.
It’s been two months since I’ve been reading on a kindle. I will have to say, there are way more pluses than negatives. There is almost no friction left in the reading process. Occasionally, the kindle feels like a gadget and I miss the physical book. But the best part is I can always get physical books. I still collect books, but they are signed copies, gifted books, some hardcovers, and classics. At INR 13,000, the Kindle has proved to be one of the most valuable purchases that I have ever made.