The value of a Kindle is determined by the individual’s needs and preferences. The ability to carry a large number of books in a single device, the ability to adjust the font and text size, and the ability to purchase and download books at any time are all advantages of owning a Kindle.
Furthermore, when compared to reading on backlit screens like smartphones and tablets, the E-Ink display technology used in Kindle devices reduces eye strain. Some disadvantages include the requirement to purchase books in digital format and the lack of physical books as collectibles.
A Kindle can be an excellent investment for avid readers because it allows them to carry a large number of books with them wherever they go and download new books at any time via Wi-Fi or cellular connection. The E-Ink display technology used in Kindle devices simulates the appearance of printed text on paper, reducing eye strain when reading on backlit screens like smartphones and tablets.
Furthermore, Kindle devices include built-in features that improve the reading experience, such as the ability to change the font and text size, change the background colour, and look up unfamiliar words using a built-in dictionary.
However, one disadvantage of owning a Kindle is that books must be purchased in digital format, which means that readers cannot collect physical copies of their favourite books. Some people also prefer the feel and smell of a physical book to reading on a screen.
Another important factor to consider is that Kindle devices can be used to read magazines, newspapers, and PDFs as well as books. If this is important to you, the Kindle can be an excellent choice.
Whether or not a Kindle is worthwhile to purchase is determined by the individual’s needs and preferences. If you are an avid reader who prefers the convenience of carrying a large number of books with you, or if you want to reduce eye strain, a Kindle can be a great investment.
I rarely travelled without my Kindle Paperwhite for many years. However, since the pandemic, travel has been scarce, and even more so has the time available for extra reading. As a journalist, I read thousands of words every day, and reading more for pleasure can be taxing. And so, when the opportunity to review the new Kindle arose, I jumped at the chance to see if it could help rekindle my love of books.
The new Kindle stands out in a variety of ways, even without any major design changes. The new Kindle astounded me with its small, light, and compact size. In fact, it is about the same length as my iPhone 14 Pro at 6 inches, but much lighter and thinner. A book this size would not be taken seriously by me. The review unit I received was denim, but there is also black if that is what you prefer.
At 6 inches, the new Kindle is also comfortable to hold for long periods of time, especially when you only have a few fingers out of the blanket on a cold Delhi night. Furthermore, there is only one physical power button at the bottom, making operation as simple as possible. Everything appears sharp and clear thanks to the 300-PPI display.
The backlight is extremely useful for people like me who prefer to read themselves to sleep without bothering others. Furthermore, the dark mode makes it easier on the eyes. In fact, the brightness is ideal for reading outside in the bright winter sun; it’s too cold to read anything longer than a short story outside these days.
The brightness and font controls allow finicky readers like me to fine-tune settings exactly how we want them. Going back to reading a physical book, on the other hand, becomes a chore.
As part of my New Year’s resolution to read more, I purchased Melody Razak’s Moth, which examines life in Delhi prior to Partition. The book was engaging, and reading on the Kindle is just as natural as reading a book, albeit more convenient.
However, I believe the navigation out of the book and into your library could be improved. It’s still the same as it was years ago, and it hasn’t caught up with readers who are more accustomed to swipe-ups and double taps. There must be a better way to get back to the library.
Also, Amazon should make it easier to buy new books, especially in India, where QR codes and UPI are widely used for micropayments. Even now, if you don’t have money in your Amazon wallet, you’ll need to use multiple devices to purchase a new book. And, for some strange reason, I was unable to purchase the Kindle edition of many books, including The Emperor of All Maladies, which I was attempting to download after hearing Siddhartha Mukherjee at the Express Adda this week.
However, the app on your phone now makes it much easier to set up a new Kindle. Furthermore, one-tap access to the dictionary is a fantastic feature that adds a lot of value. You can also highlight specific sections. And X-Ray, which allows you to tap on a character and scan her presence in a book, has long been one of my favourite Kindle features.
At Rs 8,499, this Kindle is a great upgrade for those on previous versions or a good buy for those looking to transition away from physical books and into the limitless world of words. While you can now read Kindle on your phone or tablet, there is something about a Kindle that feels like holding a book, similar to the trophy value of owning that new hardbound. That is why you will receive this one.