A few months ago, I said I was going to buy the latest “plain” Kindle from Amazon. I don’t remember exactly when I ordered it, but it was soon after that. Unfortunately, I had to wait for my wife to bring it back with her on her latest trip since I had it sent to my son’s house in the US. My wife arrived on April 13th, but I didn’t even touch the Kindle until late in the evening on the next day. Even then, I only “played” with it due to the time consumed by other commitments.
Adding E-Books to the Kindle
I knew I would have to do things the hard way when I first investigated the oldest version of the Kindle and things aren’t any different with this version. There isn’t a Wi-Fi service in my area and even if there was, I doubt Amazon would allow it since I’m in the Philippines and not the US. It’s not really an issue since I can buy and download any e-book I want and then transfer it to the Kindle by USB.
In fact, I copied 12 e-books from my PC to the Kindle as a test to see how easy it would be and it really was easy; as easy as using an external hard drive. I haven’t checked to see how I would delete them, other than deleting them using the USB method. I really haven’t read any instructions yet – none whatsoever.
Navigating and Reading on the Kindle
It takes some getting used to, but it doesn’t take long to figure out what does what. Personally, I don’t care for the previous and next buttons on the edges of both sides of the case. A couple of buttons at the bottom of the device would be easier for me. Of course, I haven’t actually spent any time reading from the Kindle yet, so my opinion may change.
As far as reading goes, I find the default font size on this e-book reader to be easy enough on my eyes, more so than a regular paperback book. I pulled out a paperback book just for comparison, in case you’re wondering.
A Wise Investment
I’ve always been a proponent of the idea that you should never buy something expensive if you’re not going to use it very often. Well, I don’t really consider this version of the Kindle expensive and I’ll definitely be using it often. I consider it a wise investment for multiple reasons, the least of which is reducing my paperback collection of books as much as possible.
One thing I’ve always had to do in the past, when traveling internationally, was to shove a few books in a carry on bag so I’d have something to read on the plane. Invariably, I end up carrying books I don’t want to read. Being able to store dozens of books on the Kindle gives me a lot more choices from the get-go. I’m planning to spend a couple of months in the US later this year, probably November and December, and having a Kindle with me this time will just make life a little easier for me.