My Kindle Paperwhite and me

I finally splurged and bought a Kindle Paperwhite–and immediately thereafter Amazon went ahead and announced a new improved model at the same price.  Oh, well.

My lovely wife got an early-model Kindle a few years ago, and neither of us used it much–the interface was clunky, and the resolution wasn’t very good.  I then used the Kindle app on my iPad 2, which was much better, but the iPad’s weight and form factor weren’t ideal for casual reading.  The Paperwhite is much better.

Thoughts on the Paperwhite so far:

  • The weight and form factor are fine.  You can hold the thing in one hand while holding your beer in your other hand.
  • It’s easier to use in sunlight than the iPad.
  • The resolution in my model is good enough for me, although I’m always happier to get better resolution. The ability to change font size and screen brightness is a big plus (as it is on the iPad app).
  • The built-in dictionary and Wikipedia are probably the biggest advantages for me over reading printed books.  I’m currently reading a novel set in the ninth century called Pope Joan, and the author doesn’t spare the medieval vocabulary.  (She does a good job with the olde-time dialog, although her characters aren’t particularly interesting so far)  At my age I should know what a posset is, but OK, I don’t.  It’s so easy to highlight the word and have the Kindle tell me what it means.
  • I sure wish it had color, if just for the book covers.
  • A battery charge lasts, like, forever.

And, of course, there’s the content. I was listening to Being Mortala wonderful book about old age and dying. The author mentioned Tolstoy’s novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich, which I haven’t read in decades.  So I went to the Kindle store and found it for $1.99–in a book with everything else Tolstoy ever wrote.  So now I have War and Peace and Anna Karenina on my Kindle, just in case.  If I get tired of Tolstoy, I can always dip into the complete stories of H. P. Lovecraft, which I also picked up for $1.99.  (I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Tolstoy is a better writer.)  Or the complete stories of Chekhov.  Or an old P. G. Wodehouse novel.  Or the Federalist Papers, which I never got around to reading when I was in school.

So far I haven’t spent more than $1.99 on anything I’ve bought for the Paperwhite, and I probably have enough on it to last me the rest of the year.  The older content has its share of typos and faulty layout, but the price is right.

Have I mentioned lately that my novels are all available for the Kindle Paperwhite at astonishingly low prices?  No typos, no faulty layout.

7 thoughts on “My Kindle Paperwhite and me

  1. So I do most of my reading on the Kindle App on my iPad. Some on iPhone 6 plus. Paula has a 2nd gen Kindle. The 1st gen Kindle was retired long ago. I’m thinking of replacing it with an iPad mini for her, so she can do her email and FB. Right now she can only do email on her iPhone 4s. I now have $9 credit waiting from Amazon as a result of lawsuit settlement with the big publishers.


  2. wait what a new model?? I bought one today too. No way. Oh god 😥 this is why I don’t buy nice things for myself, but I must agree it’s an incredible device! I’ve followed, I’m a writer myself, and if you have the time I’d love for you to check out my small blog. Atm its mainly short stories and a bit of poetry, but I’m working on a novel (Prologue is on my blog). Feel free to check it out on , keep blogging and have a good day 🙂


  3. I used to read primarily on a 7″ Samsung Tab 3. It’s light and has a great screen. Recently, we upgraded our phones and I had a chance to get an LG 8″ tablet for free. I like it better than the Samsung. The battery last longer and the extra inch makes a huge difference. Oddly enough, it’s about the same weight as the Samsung. My wife traded her Nook Tablet for a 10″ Samsung Tab 4 six months ago. It seems a little big for reading to me, but she likes it.

    I look at the overflowing bookcases sprinkled throughout our house and realize that reading books really has changed. I find myself buying ebooks that I already have in hardback just so that I can have them available wherever I am. But, I still can’t make myself donate the “real” books from my favorite authors. It simply doesn’t feel right to give them away.


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