A New Kindle in My Bed

KindlesNearly 6 years ago, I got a first-generation Amazon Kindle (around $400 at the time). I loved it right away, as you can tell by this blast-from-the-past blog entry.

Over time, that love has grown even more. Who would have thought that a device that looks like it was designed in the 1970s would work so well, and for so long? Other than some battery issues, it’s held up remarkably well.

Kind of like my ’03 Camry, I saw no need to upgrade my Kindle unless it completely stopped working. However, Amazon got me last week when they put the Kindle on sale for $49. $49! How is that even possible? So I got one.

As good as the original Kindle was, switching to the new one is a little bit like walking out of an underground bunker after 6 years and seeing how much the world has changed. There’s a huge jump in technology between the two models, mostly in terms of the weight, the clarity of the screen, and the refresh rate–the page no longer goes blank for a second when you move to the next page. The battery also lasts for weeks.

There’s also a touchscreen instead of buttons on the sides. I was rather fond of the buttons, as they made it easy to hold the Kindle in one hand while laying in bed, but I’ve figured out a new position for holding the touchscreen Kindle and turning pages with one hand. Also, there’s no weird two-button combo to turn on and off the Kindle.

My favorite feature, by far, is “time remaining in chapter.” I read every night for about 30 minutes–that’s the time it takes my brain to shut off and for my eyelids to get heavy. As soon as I start feeling that it’s almost time to fall asleep, all I want to do is finish the current chapter and put the book down. With the new Kindle, it monitors your reading rate and tells you how long it will take you to finish the current chapter. Mind. Blown.

So yeah, I’m falling in love all over again.

Do you have a Kindle? Which one? What’s your favorite thing about it?