(Note: This review is part of our participation in the Viewpoints Blogger Review Panel).
I’m a huge reader. I read all the time, and have lost many a day to a great book. I’ve also been known to read a book-a-day on vacation. Now that they charge for extra luggage, my husband doesn’t think it’s funny to bring an extra suitcase full of books. Never mind the fact that he just had to build me another bookshelf for my volumes of volumes….And that he gets mad when I’m reading with a flashlight at 3 am.
That’s why I love ereaders. I can carry as many books as I want with me without weighing me down (not to mention the fact that I can read any number of dirty books with no one being the wiser…) Until recently, the under-the-covers reading was still a problem. But, not anymore, as they’re starting to build lights into e-readers. For these reasons, and more, I was excited to try out the new Kindle Paperwhite touch.
- Easy to set up and use. The Kindle literally walked me through the process and provided a quick and interactive tutorial.
- Lightweight. It weighs less than a paperback.
- Easy to read on-the page doesn’t actually look like paper, but it’s just about as easy to read on
- Integrated store
- Superquick wifi
- Fits in a small purse
- Rubberized case to protect it from klutzes
- 8 week battery life. Nothing like being right in the middle, and bam, it turns off
- Built in backlight that makes it totally readable both under the covers (where I read a lot when I’m pulling an all nighter) and in sunlight (beach read, anyone?)
- X-ray lets you see the ‘bones’ of the book such as character profiles, historical references, places or topics of interest and more. If you’re like me and have trouble keeping track of characters, this is for you.
- Time to read lets you see how much longer you’ve got till you finish the chapter, or book. It adjusts to your reading speed (both neat and creepy)
Other stuff it does:
- Syncs with other Kindle devices and apps (whispersync)
- Adjust fonts, sizes, brightness
- Annotations, highlighting, built in dictionary and wikipedia search
- Real page numbers, intuitive touch screen
- Organize library, download books in under 60 seconds
- Notes and sharing are something a lot of people love, but I’ve never been one to highlight and make margin notes. Also, does everyone need to know what I’m reading when I’m reading it? Especially when I’m supposed to be doing something else…
- Global language support
- Instant translations
Kindle Paperwhite retails for $119.00 US, and is the perfect gift for the reader in your family. You should get one.