Posted on August 13, 2012

To Kindle or not to Kindle…


It’s my Birthday soon and I have been asking myself a question for quite some time now and thought I’d ask for my lovely reader’s opinions.

The question is “To buy a Kindle or not to buy a Kindle?

I love books and can get through 2-3 a week when I’m in reading mode, I’ve recently read a few on my iPad which I found really convenient especially when out and about; plus the fact that it automatically syncs with my iPhone so that if I’m sat waiting for the kids at school or something I can just pick up where I left off on my iPad. I know I’ll be able to do this on a Kindle too. I think if I did have a Kindle it would be something I would be able to keep to myself, with my iPad I’m lucky if I can get my hands on it when the kids are about!

The thing is I love books! I really love to get my hands on a new book and I love to take it to the charity shop when I have finished with it so that someone else can enjoy it and I’m helping a charity out. You can’t to that with a digital copy can you! I know it would save me lots of space; I’ve got hundreds of books, they litter my house – I really do need a trip to the local charity shop, the thing is when I take some in I always come away with more so anyway I’d love to hear your experiences – Do you have a Kindle? Should I get a Kindle Touch? 3G or not 3G? Do you love or hate your Kindle?

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  • Reply accidentally, kle August 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I’d written an almost identical post back in 2010 when I was thinking about buying one too (same title too!!! and eventually caved and haven’t looked back since. Sure I miss the sight of a full bookshelf but it’s so much more practical!

    (I wrote an “after” post which may be of interest, answering some questions:

    • Reply Sonia August 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Oh wow! That is spooky! I hope you don’t think that I copied you? I can assure you I didn’t hon! Thanks so much for the updated post that is really helpful x

      • Reply Accidentally, kle August 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm

        Oh God no!!! I didnt mean that at all, it’s just funny that’s all 🙂 hugs xxxx

  • Reply purpleblobrulessometime August 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I have loved my Kindle but yesterday it packed up for no reason after only 18 months use. this is not really good value- Amazon offered me only 20% discount on an upgraded model. (this would also mean that I cannot use my leather lit up cover as the upgraded models are a different size. Not sure what to do- look for a different e-reader- look for a different company which deals with problems more sympathetically – any advice?

  • Reply Kara August 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I have a KINDLE and Love it, I have told you before to defo get one, I wish I had the touch, I have the Keyboard one and its too big xxx

    • Reply snafflesmummmy August 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      THeres one between the keyboard and the touch. Its smaller than the keyboard one but not touch screen. You can get a keyboard on the screen by pressing a button and then scroll through it.

  • Reply BloggerFather August 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    It could be nice to let the iPad do its own things while leaving the Kindle by the bed, alongside other books I’m reading (I usually read a few books at the same time). Saying that, you should probably wait a couple of weeks to see if there are any news about a new Kindle and new prices for old Kindles.

  • Reply Anna-Marie August 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I never thought I would get on with a Kindle. I love a book, I love the feel of a book, I love turning the page of a book and weirdly I love the smell of a book. So a Kindle was a no no for me, but I decided to try it and got one for christmas and I have to be honest, Ive never looked back, I love it. I will still read a paperback though. If I have read and enjoyed a book on the kindle enough to buy the book in paper back I will and add it to my collection on my bookshelf to read at a later date..

  • Reply snafflesmummmy August 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I wasnt sure about Kindles at first. I wouldnt have chosen to buy one buy my husband got me one for my birthday as a surprise and since then I love it. I have ready more on my kindle than I would have done physical books.

    I wouldn’t be without mine now. You can buy books still if you want. You dont have to read every book on your kindle.

    There are some fab kindle book groups out there too on twitter and facebook.

    I say go for it.

    3G or not 3g? – Will you ever be soooo desperate for a book that you cant wait until you are home? If I am going away I just download a few books before I go.

    Kindle/Kindle Touch? – i personally don’t think a touch is worth the money, if you are moving your hand to press a button to turn a page or to touch the screen to turn the page you are still having to move. Also, I have a waterproof case for mine for in the bath, near sand/on holiday etc and you can not turn the page on a kindle touch through the case.

  • Reply Lauren August 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I will be keeping a close eye on the responses for this.
    I also want a Kindle for my birthday. I love real books but find them difficult as the boys just want to rip the pages up!
    I also like the idea of saving space on the bookshelf and the ease of buying a Kindle Book online and not having to go into town to buy or wait for Amazon etc to deliver.

  • Reply Emma @mummymummymum August 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I don’t have a kindle as I just think I would rather read an actual book, but my husband had one ( he broke it ) and loved it. It seems like a cheaper way to buy books. I’ve just bought him the kindle touch for his birthday, although I did consider getting a cheap tablet instead, but I like that with the kindle you can read in the sunshine. I don’t think you could do that with a tablet.

  • Reply Viv Smith August 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I love my kindle. I’ve had it nearly a year now and find it great and doubly so now I have an iphone with the kindle app on (love how they sync with each other!). I still read proper books – reference/non fiction books have to be proper in my hand books, but for general fiction it’s kindle all the way x

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