My trusty e-reader has been in my life for five years now, and despite loving the feel of a physical hardback, my kindle has been one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I know what you’re thinking – quite the claim, but it really has been worth every single penny. Although my screen is covered in scratches, I’ve owned and lost tons of chargers, and it is a little slower to what it was back in 2013, this little baby has accompanied me to six continents and made reading so much more convenient for me. I’ve always been a bookworm, and when e-readers first burst into the world, I could never understand why anyone would want one. What could beat the physical feeling of a real book? My inner bookworm was not on board until I started a job that required so much travelling and I didn’t want to be lugging around tons of copies of books. I reluctantly bought myself a kindle, thinking it would be worth a try and if I didn’t like it, could always return it. Instead, I fell head over heels in love with mine. I get so many questions on Instagram asking what type of e-reader I have, and I thought it was about time I shared why I love mine so much.
1. Being able to sample books
The feature I love most about my Kindle is being able to download a sample of a book before I buy. I can’t explain how great a feature this is for me and I download a sample onto my Kindle even when I’m ordering hard or paperbacks. Being able to read the first chapter of the book is such an advantage, and I can normally tell by just a short snippet if I will gel with the writing style. This has saved me SO much time and money I’d of wasted on books I would have ended up not finishing. If you have an electronic reader then I can recommend utilizing this feature enough – life is too short to waste time on bad books!
2. Being able to buy books instantly
THE BEST PART. Although I normally try and wait around to buy a paper version of a book I have my eye on, there are times where I just can’t help myself and download something I can’t wait for via the Kindle store. I love the convenience of being able to have a new book in my lap within seconds. For me, that’s the most exciting part of having an e-reader, and it means that I can crack on and read without having to wait for a delivery.
3. Saving £££
With our wedding on the horizon, I’ve been trying to cut back on my spending and started to get more financially savvy when it comes to reading – expect to see a future post on this very soon! Books via the kindle at times can be marginally cheaper than buying the hardback, or if like me, and you follow lots of American bookstagram accounts, you’ll find that the paperback isn’t due for publication here in the UK until months down the line. Recently, there were three books I desperately wanted to read, but the hardback prices were £20 each. I ended up looking at how much these three books were in digital form and managed to get all three for £2.97 – saving myself £57.03! Every Saturday morning going forward, I will be sharing four great books I’d recommend or are highly anticipated on Twitter that you can buy for much cheaper than the physical copy. To make sure you don’t miss any great deals, you can follow my twitter account here.
4. Saving space
In my dream forever home, I hope I can have a room with a massive bookcase and small reading nook where I can read, but for now, I’ll have to make do with my sofa and an overstacked bedside table. We live in a small one bedroom house so; space is pretty tight already without finding extra storage for books sadly. My e-reader makes saving space a non-issue, and I’ve not had any storage issues whatsoever on my Kindle despite having it for so long. It also means I can spend money on books and because only I can see them, there’s no need for small little white lies like ‘they were all on sale’ like I do when I bring home a new bag from Waterstones.
5. You can lend e-Books to a friend
A stand out feature that most Kindle readers don’t take advantage of is being able to lend e-Books. The best part is, your friend doesn’t even need to have an e-reader, just a device such as a tablet or a smartphone where the Kindle app can be downloaded, and they have 14 days to borrow the title. It is as simple as going to Manage Your Content & Devices > Select Action on the title you want to loan > Hit Loan (some titles may not be eligible, but the majority are) and enter your friend’s e-mail address and click send. It is as simple as that, and if you have a friend who reads frequently and has similar taste to you, it can be a great way to buddy read and save some £££.
6. Reading anonymously on the go
A fabulous feature is being able to read whatever you like on the go without anyone knowing what you’re reading. Tucking into a salacious Jackie Collins book? Reading a book about something sensitive to you such as a health condition etc.? Fell victim to the 50 Shades hype? You can read to your heart’s content without anyone knowing what you’re reading. Perfect for long train journeys and being able to read without judgement. I believe you should read whatever you want and feel absolutely no shame but I know for some people, they can feel judged by what book they have their nose in. Your e-reader gives you the freedom of reading what you want, where you want without anyone knowing what that is.