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Amazon Kindle: Friend or Foe?

It’s been almost a decade since the first Amazon Kindle was introduced and in that time the device has evolved tremendously. The project that began as a simple e-reader has since taken on the functionality of a full-fledged tablet, though simpler e-reader versions continue to be available.

When the device was first introduced (circa 2007) some were announcing the death of the death, even by 2015. While we’re clearly far from that mark, there’s no doubt that e-readers are here to stay.

So, what are some of the advantages of using an e-reader like the Amazon Kindle as opposed to a book?

1) Having all your books in one place, and saving space.

While I haven’t totally given up on books, I live in a small house, and I have to say that since I started using an e-reader my shelves tend to be a lot less cluttered. If you’re like me and space isn’t so easy to come by, an e-reader can be surprisingly useful.

2) Annotations.

I am an annotating freak, but I hate it when I sit down to read only to discover that I have to interrupt to go foraging for a pencil. With an e-reader you can make notes right there and then without the hassle.

3) Built in illumination.

You’d be surprised what a difference this can make. I realise now that I frequently tolerated reading in low-light conditions where I was having to strain. With an e-reader like the Kindle that all changes.

4) Being able to download books means immediate access even to hard-to-find books.

Although a majority of books still aren’t available in an e-format, that’s changing by the minute. When I’m traveling in a country where it’s difficult to find books in English, being able to download and read can be a real life-saver.

I don’t think we’ll see books disappear any time soon, but e-readers like the Amazon Kindle certainly have their advantages, and if you’re an avid reader like myself, it’s worth thinking about picking one up!