Now I’ve had my Amazon Kindle eBook for a few weeks, I’ve changed my opinion of it a little.
No, it’s still not a great reading experience. The flashing page turns drive me bananas. And the contrast is still poor. My favorite places to read are in bed and in the bath. When reading in bed, you need a really good strong light. And if you happen to turn to the other side, the slight drop in light level makes the Kindle almost unreadable. Gray on gray, not black on white.
I’ve found I can get it set up quite well in the bath. There’s a little fingernail brush in our bathroom that has a groove on the side that the Kindle just fits. That takes the screen above the level of the faucet I lean it against, so I can read “hands-free”. No danger of dropping it in the water (which I assume would be fatal). I just reach up and hit one of the Page Turn paddles when I need to.
Speaking of dunking it in water and other dangers, I’ve dropped the Kindle off the bed a couple of times. The flimsy battery cover came off, but otherwise it seemed no worse for the experience.
Where the Kindle really has advantages are in portability and lightness, battery life, and book purchasing. I’ve never run out of battery while reading – although once it wouldn’t let me download a book because it said the battery charge was too low to run wireless connectivity.
Portability. The lightness makes it convenient to carry.
Book purchasing is, as I said in my first impression, outstanding (at least when you’re within wireless range). The other day I wanted something new to read on the plane. So at the airport, I fired up the Kindle, switched on wireless and bought two books on my Amazon account. They were downloaded in about a minute and I was good to go.
No, I still don’t like the reading experience much. But the convenience of the device means I’ll put up with it as an acceptable compromise until a better screen comes along. I’ll buy more Kindle books – especially since the prices are so fair. Impulse book buying really works on this device.