Kindle App: 8 Pros and 3 Cons

You may have noticed a lot of book reviews lately, with more to come.

This is because:

  1. I love to read
  2. Thinking about a book and trying to figure out what I liked, didn’t like, and what I thought could have been done better helps sharpen my skills for my own stories
  3. It’s a great distraction from actually getting any writing done

I downloaded the Kindle App as there were several books that had been recommended to me that I couldn’t get in paperback. After having used it for over a month, here are the top reasons I like and dislike the app.

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Pros

  1. It’s a lot easier to read from than I thought it would be. The app is well done and all the books are very easy to read.
  2. No more god-awful covers giving away my less-than-highbrow reading choices. You may have noticed, I read a lot of romance novels.
  3. I can read regardless of the ambient lighting. Sitting with DD1 while she goes to sleep? No problem. Hanging out while DH is playing video games with the lights dimmed? Did that the other night.
  4. Book storage. I have shelves of books in the basement. I keep a couple of authors handy who I find write certain things very well and will reread chapters to help my own writing. The Kindle App condenses my collection to the size of my iPad.
  5. Book Disposal. I not longer have to figure out what to do with an awful paperback book. Donate it? Give it to an enemy? With the Kindle App, I just move it to the Yuck pile.
  6. Selection. There are a lot more books available for the Kindle than in paperback.
  7. Speed. I find a book I want to read, and I have it in less than 30 seconds.
  8. Super easy to read on the elliptical machine or treadmill.

 

Cons

  1. Places it can’t go. I like to read at the beach, and before children, I would relax with a book in a bubble bath. Can’t do that safely with an iPad.
  2. Selection. I have read some god-awful books lately. Every one of them was on the Kindle App. At least when I buy my books from Barnes & Noble, there has been some vetting process.
  3. You have to make sure you plug your iPad in more often if you’re using it more often

2 thoughts on “Kindle App: 8 Pros and 3 Cons

  1. I love the digital reading. Especially the I just finished this book and it is only 1 am, I wonder, oh look, I can get the next one. I also hate it for that 🙂

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