Should I get a Kindle?
April 21, 2014 9:08 AM Subscribe
Thinking about buying a Kindle Paperwhite. But do I neeeeeeed one?
posted by Brittanie to Technology (37 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I am thinking about buying a Kindle Paperwhite. I currently have an iPad 2 and do a lot of reading on it. Help me justify (or not) the purchase of a Kindle.
On the iPad I do a lot of reading of:
• longform articles in Pocket (formerly Read It Later)
• blogs in Feedly, and
• Kindle e-books in the Kindle app
The trouble is that I am MUCH more successful at finishing physical books than e-books on the iPad because I get distracted by other internet stuff. Also, the full-size iPad is a little hard to carry around, and when I'm reading a paperback it's usually small enough to be in my bag at all times, making me more likely to read it during downtime throughout the day.
I was thinking about getting an iPad mini for my purse but it doesn't solve my first problem and it also seems a little redundant to have an iPad, iPhone and iPad mini. Plus the e-ink and backlight seems like a bonus over reading on the iPad.
So those with Paperwhites: can I read Pocket and Feedly on them? I know the browser kinda sucks so my plan is to use the Kindle mostly for e-books (it's not a bug, it's a feature!) but the apps would be an added plus.
Re; the touchscreen — I enjoy highlighting passages in books on the iPad, and I'm assuming the Kindle touchscreen makes this really easy. Also searching for passages. Can Paperwhite owners confirm? I think I would prefer a Kindle with a touchscreen over buttons.
Also, why would a person opt for a 3G Paperwhite over the regular one? I DO travel a lot (often internationally) but can usually find wifi.
Thanks in advance for your advice.