Why I use a Kindle

Amazon's e-reader is extremely functional. Most reasons to not use one focus either on practical issues (depending on something with a battery) or on aesthetic reasons. These are valid issues, of course, but these pale in comparison to the many, many reasons to use a Kindle.

  1. Extremely portable
  2.  Quite compact
  3. Can hold near-infinite number of books
  4. Instantly acquire new books.
  5. Purchased books are cheaper on Kindle than physical books (usually)
  6. You can "rent" books on your Kindle from a library - without ever going to the library.
  7. Easy to use one-handed, either lying down (in bed) or standing up (metro).
  8. Built-in dictionary for all those words you don't know how to use. (Oh, and you can have dictionaries in just about any language.)
  9. No page-turning - just tap a convenient button that is ambidextrous.
  10. You can read while eating without your book falling shut.
  11. You can hold it with one hand and turn pages. Simultaneously. Difficult to do with a regular book.
  12. When not in use, fold the cover shut, and drop it in the thinnest pocket of whatever bag you're carrying with you. (You do have a cover for it, right?)
  13. It weighs less than just about any book you could buy.
  14. It takes up less space than just about any book you could buy.
  15. While it does require charging, I find myself charging it less than once a month. (And I use it a lot.)
  16. You can play games on it, if you're so inclined.
  17. You can have it for $69.
  18. It uses the Amazon bookstore. Amazon is awesome.
  19. It makes reading fun, so you read more than you would otherwise.
  20. It can hold over a thousand books simultaneously, so you can start slimming down your library.

This is a short list of how I do most of my reading. If you don't have a Kindle yet, look into it. It could change your life.