I have written about paper books versus e-readers. The benefit being the convenience of having several books in one spot and not having to off-gas the books if you have chemical sensitivity to ink and new paper. Despite all my other chemical sensitivities, I do not have a sensitivity to ink and only have to avoid new print for a short period during and after my LDA (low dose antigen) therapy.
I have debated whether I wanted one or not. I have always loved holding the books in my hand and the way the paper feels as I turn the page. I have not loved my fingers cramping if I sit too long and read or falling asleep and having the book close without my place being marked to continue later. Despite the negatives I didn’t know if I really wanted an e-reader. However, I have discovered several books I was interested in but they were only available as e-books. Yes I could download them and read them through my computer. But frankly, who wants to sit at their desk and read a book?
My husband decided he wanted to get me one as a Christmas present. He asked me which one I wanted. I had searched and asked questions. I didn’t want a Kindle Fire because I was only going to use it read and not watch movies or use to check email (didn’t plan on using wi-fi). I didn’t want to have to get up in the night if I chose to read in bed and turn off the light (the tile floor is tooo cold). I decided on the Kindle Paperwhite. It was available in wi-fi with 3G (you could turn off the wi-fi but the 3G stayed on like a cell phone) or just as wi-fi (which can be turned off). I chose the Kindle Paperwhite with wi-fi. I have the wi-fi turned off and only download books via a computer connection. I didn’t want the 3G because it would be like having a cell phone in my hand the whole time I was reading.
How do I like my new Kindle Paperwhite? I love it. If I can’t sleep I can turn it on and keep the light setting low enough to be able to read without having to turn on the big light. I like that I can just put it in my lap in the living room while my husband watches football or something I am not interested and just tap the page and it turns. If I fall asleep, it turns off and my last page read is there when I turn it back on. The problem is that I still have several paper books that need reading. I want to read them but am quickly becoming spoiled by newest toy.