Kindle vs. Paperback: The Great Debate

With a few hours remaining for 2022’s Amazon Prime Day, it’s the perfect time to check out the Amazon Kindle deals! But first… is it worth it to get one? Let’s check out some of the benefits and issues that I’ve experienced with my Kindle Paperwhite. 

Let’s start off with the main benefit of an eReader… convenience. There is no denying that the Kindle is convenient for multiple reasons.

  • Store and library in one: If you finish your ebook and immediately want to dive into the next one, you can keep your seat because you can access Amazon books on your Kindle to purchase it or you can easily pull it up if you already own the ebook. 
  • Travel: Instead of packing multiple books that weigh you down and take up valuable space, you can simply pack your Kindle and it has all of the books you could ever want in one slim device. 
  • Nighttime reading: When you simply can’t put your book down to go to bed but your partner asks for you to turn off your bedside light, no worries! You can keep reading on your Kindle because it has a dark mode that allows you to read as long as you want. 
  • Reading quality: You can read one-handed. The screen is glare-free and does well in direct sunlight. And you can adjust certain aspects like brightness and zoom. 

Now let’s dive into things to consider… Price and battery. 

  • Price of the eReader: The Kindle typically costs anywhere from $100 to $250 depending on the version you get. However, on days like today, you can get it for a third of the price! Personally, I have the Kindle Paperwhite and today, it is on sale for $95 instead of $140. 
  • Price of ebooks: To help make up for some of the cost of the product, the prices of ebooks are almost always cheaper than the paperback equivalent. They even have regular sales where you can get books for a few dollars. 
  • Battery: The Kindle battery lasts for multiple days. You just have to make sure you charge it regularly. It can be extremely inconvenient to be reading your book and you realize you have a low battery. Paperbacks will never die on you… your Kindle will. 

As for issues that I have with my Kindle… 

  • Slow reaction time: When I want to go back to my library or to the online store, the Kindle can take seconds to load. You start to wonder if the device registered your touch and then suddenly it changes to the desired screen. This is more of an annoyance than a problem… but it is something to consider if you’re easily frustrated by slower response times.  

I’ve had my Kindle for a couple years and I never thought I’d switch over from paperbacks to ebooks. But I have to admit, I love my Kindle and I’ll buy paperbacks only for my favorite books moving forward. Let me know what you think! Are you considering a Kindle this year?

Published by Caroline

Avid reader, board gamer, yogi, and photographer.

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