It’s been a couple of months since I first received my Kindle Paperwhite and with it being the holidays and whatnot I thought now would be the perfect time to post my review on the Kindle!
I used to be someone who would internally laugh at those who would use a Kindle. Don’t get me wrong, I love the vibe of a physical copy of a book, however, I follow a lot of bookstagram accounts and many of them have cute decorated Kindles and were sharing all these Kindle hacks like how to get books for free or at an affordable price. All this hype over Kindles is what led me to get a Kindle. I’ve had my Kindle for 6 months and it’s amplified my reading experience!
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What I love
– You can link your Amazon account
– Adjustable light settings
– Customizable settings
– Great for reading at night
– Bluetooth compatible
– Access to affordable (and free) ebooks
I own the Kindle Paperwhite with a 6.8″ display storage of 8GB with up to 10 weeks of battery life. In the box comes the Kindle, a USB-C charging cable, and a user guide. I’ve only charged my Kindle twice and I’ve had mine Kindle since July! I read an hour every night with a few extra hours sprinkled in between so I think the battery life is fantastic.
I love how portable the Kindle Paperwhite is. I’ve traveled with my Kindle and have read in public because the Kindle is lighter than holding an actual book. My previous e-reader was my iPad (8th generation) which is almost double the size of the Kindle Paperwhite. While I didn’t hate using my iPad as an e-reader the Kindle is easier for the eyes as it has warm light with adjustable light settings and a glare-free screen. Let me know if you would like to see a post of me comparing the Kindle and iPad.
The Kindle Paperwhite is very customizable. Not only can you adjust the lighting but also the text settings to suit your reading text preference. One of my favorite things about the Kindle is that you can see how much time is left in a chapter, in the book, and how much percentage of a book you have left.
Books are also more affordable books on the Kindle. You can buy books via your Kindle in the e-book store and download them right away. You can also link your Libby to your Kindle so you can easily borrow and download e-books and have them delivered to your Kindle. Also, if you buy a Kindle you can receive a free Kindle Unlimited trial which I used to the last minute and enjoyed!
What I don’t love
– Limited color selection (only available in black, denim, and agave green)
– You can’t listen to read and listen on the device
– No color
– Comes with ads
I wished Amazon had more color options, I opted for black because I didn’t like the other two colors (haha) but I would’ve loved it if they had lighter colors or even white.
The Kindle comes with built-in Bluetooth so you can listen to audiobooks. On the iPad Kindle app, you can read and listen to an audiobook at the same time because I would easily follow along. You can’t do this on the Kindle. Sometimes, I struggle to pay attention when listening to an audiobook so I’m disappointed I can’t do this on the Kindle.
I also don’t like the fact that the Kindle is only in black and white. I understand why but as someone who loves color, I miss all the colors! It’s not like books contain much color anyway but I would have loved an option to choose color or black and white so I could see the e-book covers in their beautiful colorful cover art.
The Kindle also runs ads on the screen when you’re not using your Kindle. I have a case that I can shut so this didn’t bother me but I saw a Kindle tip on Instagram where you can contact Amazon and have them take down the ads for free which I successfully did! haha
In the end, it all depends on what you want in you want from an e-reader. If you read a lot of physical books then you might find reading on a Kindle strange at first but I think it’s great if you travel a lot and like to read on the go like on public transportation, during breaks, waiting for something, etc. It’s better than carrying a book around in your bag and risk damaging its spine or pages.
Overall, I absolutely adore my Kindle! It’s been a gift-changer for me! I used to always struggle with reading one book a month but now I can read more books in a month! It’s amazing! As much as I love the experience of reading a physical book, this year has been financially difficult for me and I just don’t have the extra cash to purchase books.
I also love seeing how everybody decorates their Kindles! I’ve been crocheting some cute cozies for my Kindle like the one in this post and this post. I made them just for fun but there is so many creative people online who use pop sockets and stickers to decorate their Kindles.
If you’re a reader or looking for a gift for an avid reader then maybe after reading my review you might want to consider getting or gifting a Kindle this year.
You can purchase the Kindle Paperwhite here
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