After some weeks of indecision, I decided to buy an ebook reader, precisely the new Kindle Paperwhite.
Why an eBook reader instead of a tablet (my iPad1 really sucks!)? Well, because I realized that I have been using my tablet primarily for reading articles and blog posts via Pocket, Zite or Feedly. The smartphone is enough for all the other needs.
My first feelings after few days with the new “toy”:
- I really needed a dedicated device for reading. Less distractions, no notifications, more focus on what I read.
- Reading texts and comics (yes, comics!) on the new higher contrast Carta display is very close to reading them on paper. This is my first ebook reader, so I can’t make any comparison to other devices.
- Battery life is something I wasn’t used to. Several hours of use and the indicator is still full. It looks like a miracle!
- Sending articles from the web is almost painless thanks to Amazon’s “Send to Kindle” extension and the integration with Instapaper (even if it doesn’t support pictures). The only thing I haven’t figured out yet is how to send articles from my mobile browser.
- Integrated dictionary for me is priceless. Just one click to look up a word in the dictionary. I haven’t tested the new X-Ray feature.
- Amazon ecosystem is something unbelievable, especially if you read also English books.
- Kindle doesn’t support EPUB format but Calibre can help you.
So, no complaints? No, except the lack of a power adapter which is sold separately (come on Amazon!) and the price of leather covers: I bought the honey one and it’s cool but for € 34,99…
In conclusion, I’m really in love with my new Kindle and I think it’ll really improve my reading experience.