Why I Like Reading on the Kindle

Many people know that I’m an avid reader. As a result, when people are looking for reading options, they often ask me about my Kindle experience, and why I choose to read on the Kindle.

I’ve written about how the Kindle has helped me downsize my book collection, and I enjoyed a recent post from EverydayMinimalist about the decision to go with digital books. One of the issues that one runs into when deciding to go digital is that of which reader to choose (this post looks at using the iPad).

It can be a tough decision, but it’s one that has to be made. I like the Kindle, though, because it’s more of a “book” experience — and it’s easier on the eyes.

Using the Kindle for My Book Collection

Those who ask for my take on ereaders are often trying to decide whether to get a tablet, like the iPad, or to get a Kindle Fire, which can surf the Internet as well as provide a reading experience. My problem with these types of solutions is the issue of the backlit screen.

Yes, I have an iPad. However, I don’t use it for reading books. I also don’t like the idea of a Kindle Fire, since it is a tablet with a backlit screen. The backlighting, which makes the experience similar to reading on a computer (something I don’t enjoy doing when I’m relaxing) can strain the eye.

This is where the Kindle comes in. The Kindle isn’t backlit. The result is a screen that looks more like a regular book page. Additionally, it’s possible to adjust the font size so that you can get a bigger “print” size if you need it. I’ve got the Paperwhite version of the Kindle now, which uses LED lighting to make it look as though you have a book light shining on a page. It’s not perfect, but it’s also not backlit, so it’s easier on the eyes. For a frequent consumer of the written word, this is a godsend.

However, the reality is that I’m not going to surf the Internet on my ereader. Yes, I could technically check my email using my Kindle Paperwhite. However, I’m still enough of a traditionalist that I want my books to be separate from my other entertainment. I don’t want┬áto surf the Internet or check my email with my Kindle. I want my books to be my books. And the Kindle helps me maintain that separation. If I want to check my email I’ll get out my iPhone.

Reading books is still a very personal thing. How we choose to read is an important part of who we are — especially if we are book lovers. I still like to collect old books, but I don’t buy new versions in hardcopy. There’s no reason for me to. I can save space in my home and still read everything I want to read. And using the Kindle is better for my eyes and provides me with the book experience I want.

How do you read your books?

About the Author

Miranda is a freelance writer and professional blogger. See more of her writing at MirandaMarquit.com. Her book, Confessions of a Professional Blogger is available from Amazon.