10 reasons why I traded my library for a Kindle

I
still remember the day I went paperless; it was three years ago and the reason was
a device named ‘Kindle.’ It was a pretty new concept back then. Amazon had
launched a limited-edition Kindle carved in graphite. It was an advanced
version with fewer buttons since the alphanumeric keypad had been replaced by a
single button. Having it was a dream come true. Though it had cost me a fortune,
it was totally worth it. Here’s why:

1. Feels like paper

Believe
it or not, nothing gets as close to paper as a Kindle does. It exhibits all
paper-like characteristics. The E-ink reads like paper and its surface feels
like paper. All in all, the reading experience is just like reading from a hard
copy. The only thing a Kindle can’t do is smell and fold like paper; which is
not bad.

2. Glare-free display

You
invariably face problems while looking at your phone’s LCD screen in sunlight. Due
to screen glare, you end up increasing your screen’s brightness level. This
never happens with a Kindle because it comes with a glare-free display. Like I
said, it reads like paper; even in sunlight! Kindle serves as a perfect
companion while holidaying on a beach. The more sunlight, the better it gets!

3. No eye-strain

You
can read from your Kindle at any angle leading to minimum strain on your eyes.
Unlike an LCD display, it reads just the same every time!

4. No bookmarks

People
use bookmarks to mark the part of book they have finished reading.
Unfortunately, these bookmarks tend to disappear. They fall off, children tear
it off or they just disappear out of the blue. So, people just fold the corner
of the pages. Unfortunately, you cannot dog-ear your Kindle display. But who
cares? Kindle also automatically syncs all your books to the furthest page
read. What’s more, a Kindle indicates the percentage of the book read at the
bottom of the screen in addition to the number of pages read. As simple as
that!

5. Built-in dictionary

While
reading a book, you often come across a word whose meaning you are not sure
about. Most of the times, you just ignore the word and continue reading. After
all, who’s going to carry the huge dictionary and search the word while skimming
through all its pages? A Kindle makes things easier. You just need to place the
cursor on the word and the meaning of the word appears right on the screen in
the blink of an eye! The built-in dictionary improves your vocabulary.

6. Wi-Fi on-the-go

Every
Kindle device needs to be registered with an Amazon account. You can connect to
Wi-Fi and browse through billions of books available on the Amazon bookstore.
You can avail of offers on the Amazon store while buying e-books for your
Kindle. The best thing to do is to subscribe to Kindle Unlimited on a yearly
basis which gives you unlimited access throughout the year.

7. Light weight

A
Kindle is much lighter than a paperback weighing less than 200 grams. Reading
books never gets easier than this!

8. Inexhaustible storage

A
Kindle comes with 4 GB of internal memory which can store over 12,000 e-books.
This means you can carry books weighing more than a ton in a thing which weighs
less than 200 grams!

9. Powerful battery

Once
fully charged, a Kindle’s battery lasts for a week. Even if you read 24X7. I’m
not kidding, okay?

10. You go Green

With
every book you read on your Kindle, you go paperless. You save a lot of paper
and you save a lot of trees. Hence, you inadvertently go green!

So,
celebrate your love for reading.

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