Hello, fellow book-sniffers! I know, I know. Old physical books smell good 😝 I hear people repeating “real books are better” so often that I thought it was time to praise the eBook!
Here are 5 ways and situations where the Kindle (or any e-reader) can be much more convenient than hardbacks or paperbacks:
1. When the book is too thick
I was thrilled to read The Order of the Phoenix, Sophie’s World, and Life of Pi. So thrilled, in fact, that halfway through, I didn’t realize I was hurting my fingers trying to hold the thick paperbacks open!
When a paperback is super-thick, Kindle helps those with smaller hands, arthritic hands, or just hands!
I cannot stress this enough for people with arthritic hands. Too often, people would return books to Barnes & Noble (where I worked) because holding them open very much hurt their hands. And that sucks.
2. When the book is too heavy
One of these days, I’m going to just buy A Team of Rivals on Kindle. I’ve been trying to read the book forever, but my hardcover copy is too heavy and clunky.
When a hardcover copy is too heavy to cozy up with, try the Kindle version.
I’m very much a snuggle on the bed or under blankets on my couch type of reader, but not all books are cuddle-friendly 😂 When a book is pretty giant, I just opt for the eBook version.
3. When travelling or moving
A few years ago I moved from Houston to Denver, and let me tell you, the only things I had trouble packing were books. My many, many, many books! I had to sell a ton of them 😢
When you’re on-the-go, you can rest assured that you won’t lose your Kindle books.
All my Kindle books survived, and carrying heavy boxes of books truly allowed me to appreciate eBook technology. Thank you, Kindle!
4. When trying to save money
I love to put bestsellers on my Amazon wishlist, because most of them eventually go down in price ($1.99 or $0.99!). I don’t want to spend $14.99 on a book I may not read until 2 months down the line.
Kindle daily and monthly deals are a great way to read as much as you want while staying on budget.
I was also gifted Kindle Unlimited, so I get to read books for free each month. Through KU, I read all of the Lord of the Rings (including The Hobbit) and a ton of other classics. Not to mention cool new indie stuff!
5. When studying
I love, love, love that my college offered textbooks in eBook format! Those babies are HUGE! But with my Kindle app, I could take them anywhere– because they were right in my phone.
With the Kindle app, I could whip out an eBook textbook anywhere and study.
Super-convenient and super-helpful. If I got stuck in line or my ride got stuck in traffic, that was simply study-time, baby 😉
6. When you have limited mobility or a handicap
Libraries lend out eBooks now, so if you don’t have a car, or if you have limited mobility, you can just “borrow” books from the library right where you are!
eBooks are easy to get, easy to move, easy to hold.
With a Kindle, you can browse and buy books right from the Kindle, so you don’t even have to move to the PC. This is incredibly convenient for someone who is wheelchair bound or who has trouble making it to the library or bookstore.
7. One more! Kindle is great for the elderly
They may have arthritic hands or limited mobility, as I mentioned, but I noticed something interesting while working at Barnes & Noble.
Large-print books are more expensive, bigger, and heavier than a Kindle or e-reader.
My heart always broke when I took older people to the large-print section, and they saw the higher prices, the giant books, and the limited topics (one shelf, literally). Many older people are on a fixed income and with a Kindle, they can adjust the text size at no extra cost! They also have a wider variety of topics to choose from.
Just teach them how the device works, keep your phone around in case they need extra help, and you’re good to go! (As the technology gap begins to close with newer generations, even that will become less of an issue.)
A Kindle is really a great gift for those with special needs, so I’m always sad that people cannot see its great advantages. It’s all “paperbacks smell better.” 😥
Yeah, yeah, your paper copies smell great. But if you’re reading a great book, it makes you forget what you’re even holding!
Some great books even make me forget it’s 3am and I should sleep! 🤣 So don’t turn your nose up at the Kindle just yet. They can be very helpful to different people.
Read on, no matter what on,
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