I’m sure everyone is aware of the recent trend sweeping across the Western World in the shape of the Kindle. No doubt you all know what it is and what it does, but for those of you who may be new to the term, it is a device that allows you to download and read eBooks from online sources, acting as a type of mp3 for books.
What I am setting out to do is to review the pros and cons of the Kindle device, hopefully giving you more of an idea of the product, particularly if you are considering purchasing one yourself.
There are a number of pull points towards the Kindle. In an increasingly digitalized and technological world, emphasis is being put upon condensing as much data into as small a space as possible. This is what the Kindle does. As I mentioned earlier, it acts like an mp3 for books, meaning you can download hundreds of books and upload them onto the device, essentially creating a “pocket library”. It gives you access to your entire collection of digital books at the click of a button. This saves so much space around the house and in your bag, with the Kindle’s compact, slim design. So when I finished the first book in the A Song of Ice & Fire Series, A Game of Thrones, and wanted to read A Clash of Kings – I could do so immediately without having to carry all those heavy books with me. eBooks are also generally cheaper than ordinary books, with some classic books even being available to download for free, saving you money off purchases. There seem to be far more deals and offers on for eBooks as well, with companies currently pushing to boost eBook sales. I recently saw the whole 1Q84 ebook series for nearly a quarter of the price compared to the hard copy collection.
Despite the positives however, there are some flaws to the Kindle. There is a risk to having your entire “library” on one device, if you were to lose it; you lose all of your collection. I would also imagine that you already have a collection of books anyway, which means you could possibly have to download the same books again in order to get them onto your Kindle. Something I think is the biggest fault with the Kindle however, is the detachment it creates between yourself and the book. By reading from a screen like that, it eliminates the experience of reading a real book, especially with ancient classics such as The Art of War, which when released 100s of years ago the alternative to manuscripts was non-existent.
I hope I have helped to shed some light onto the Kindle device, giving you a better idea as to what it is and what it does, and whether you perhaps would like to pick one up yourself.