Lately I have been super scattered with my reading. And I’m not talking books. I’m talking e-readers.
It all started off innocently enough about 2 1/2 years ago when I decided to dive into the e-reader market and get a Kindle 2 for my trip to England. I immediately fell in love with it and still adore it and use it. I still buy actual books though, and will never stop because I have been collecting since I was basically about 5 years old. 🙂
Here are my pros and cons about the various e-readers and tablets I have used. These are just the main pros and cons that have impacted me. I am not a tech expert or reviewer whatsoever, so for more in-depth reviews, check elsewhere!
Pros: It’s light, you can easily hold it in one hand. It’s very easy on the eyes (in terms of looks and the actual reading screen) and there are no distractions on it. It’s an e-reader and that’s it. No apps beckoning you silently in the background to check them out ONE LAST TIME before you really dive into reading. I have the second version so mine is old now, but I believe they are pretty darn inexpensive at this point. I also think there is a color version out by now.
Cons: The drawbacks are pretty few. The “Whispernet” wireless is fairly spotty where I live, so downloading a book can be hit or miss, which is aggravating. I also don’t like that it doesn’t tell you which page you’re on, and how many pages are left. It uses percentages instead, which is so random and odd.
Then the sleek, sexy, everything-you-need-in-one-tablet iPad 2 HAD to come out and I gave in. #AppleWhore.
Pros: It’s Apple, which means it’s pretty awesome. It’s super convenient and has SO many free and regular apps. It’s basically a stand-in for a laptop. Wireless and/or 3G. User-friendly, easy to use. Lots of great attachments for it such as keyboards are out there.
Cons: Expensive. Weighty. Way too heavy to hold in one hand, so I had to give it up for reading books in bed. Wah. So many distractions if you are trying to use it for reading! The camera is like a camera from 1937, it’s REALLY bad. But honestly I don’t care because it’s way too awkwardly shaped to use it as a camera anyway. iPad 3 is probably just around the corner and I know for me, I always get all angsty about wanting a new one when it comes out. I am definitely passing this time around though because I don’t need it (yes keep telling yourself that Kelly).
Finally my latest purchase is the Nook Tablet, which just came out in November. You see, I was looking for something to kind of take the place of both my Kindle AND iPad in one device. Nook Tablet gets close, but not quite.
Before I bought Nook Tablet I bought Amazon Fire. I returned it within a week. The main reasons I didn’t like Fire was because the power button was in a really stupid place where you could constantly accidentally turn it off. The apps were super slow. The internet was slow and froze too much. It felt heavy. It just didn’t feel user friendly at all to me so it went back. It’s is $50.00 less than Nook Tablet though.
Pros: Much less expensive than iPad, but really isn’t in the same category. Very nice design. Lightweight, you can hold with one hand and read easily. Access to all Barnes & Noble books and swap books with friends using their LendMe system. Wireless is fast as is the internet. MUCH faster for me than Kindle. I also love that within each book category, say Fiction, there are a million sub-categories within that, and even more within the sub-categories, so you can really search for the genre you’re looking for easily.
Cons: Using an e-reader with a back-light supposedly is bad for your eyes and can keep your brain awake, causing insomnia. Honestly I have read on iPad and this one, which are both back-lit, and never experienced anything negative. I turn down the brightness at least 50%-70% though when reading a book. Not many apps, especially free ones. Books seems to be a little more expensive than Amazon (Kindle). I really, really want access to all my Kindle books but would have to jailbreak it to get the Kindle app, which could either ruin it and/or void the warranty.
What I’m Reading:
I just finished the “Hater” series of books from David Moody and liked them. Didn’t love them, but they were good reads if you like horror/apocalyptic stories.
Last night I downloaded a book called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I have just started it but here is the synopsis:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
Don’t forget, you can follow me on Goodreads and see everything I am currently reading as well as hundreds of books already in my collection!
What are you reading now?