I remember when the original Amazon Kindle ebook reader was introduced over ten years ago. The promise of having your favorite books on the go was too incredible for me to believe and l was one of the few skeptics. I thought it would be a fad, like the Sony Discman. I was dead wrong. The original Kindle, with only 250MB of memory (expandable with SD card) and wielded a 6 inch screen was a runaway bestseller, even at the wallet busting price of $400. It sold out within hours and the waiting list was months long. I still held out though. Not only did l think it was ugly, but it cost a lot of money that l wasn’t willing to part with. Nothing in my mind could replace the feel and touch of a real life book in my hands. Funny thing is that l ended up spending the same amount of money a year later on the slightly cuter Sony e-reader which was only 1 cent less. It was a chore to use. I was not as computer savvy as l am now and had a hard time logging on to the Sony site with my 64K modem to download from the ridiculously low number of available titles. Needless to say the novelty wore off quickly and l abandoned it and went back to my standby reliable books. I am now back on an e-reader and here is my take on the best Amazon Kindle reader for frugal people like myself.
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Knowing that l have a frugal mindset and live by the wisdom of frugality that “Less is More”, I did quite a bit of reading up in order to find out which Kindle e-reader gave the best bang for the buck so to speak. There are so many different Kindle readers that it’s hard to know which one is best. The readers include:
- Kindle Regular
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Kindle Voyage
- Kindle Oasis
There’s even a Kindle Bundle for kids, not to mention the Kindle Fire line of products with color screens. With so many options, it’s no wonder it’s hard to choose. I am now in love with my very first Kindle purchase. The Kindle has come a long way and l have watched the progress with awe and glee even. I was convinced that the best Kindle reader for frugal and money savvy people is the plain Kindle.
My reasons for wanting the cheapest and best Kindle are:
- Rediscover my love for reading. Even though l had an iPad with my books purchased and downloaded into my ibook, I found myself reading less (something l used to enjoy tremendously). All the other apps on the iPad sucked my time. I had to check my Facebook messages, play Scrabble and Words with Friends etc 🙂 .
- Same thing was happening with my phone and the Kindle app l installed. It had the added inconvenience of the tiny print (eyes are getting old), and that’s a big thing.
- Battery time was weak on both devices because of all the use, so whenever l traveled for instance, my iPad and phone would be dead and l liked to save the juice (memory bank) for getting online wherever we are at. You can’t always rely on internet connections, no matter what is promised.
My pick for the best Kindle e-reader for frugal people is:
Getting a new Kindle e-reader was a no-brainer. The problem was deciding which Kindle to purchase. After reading up on each one, here are my 7 reasons to purchase the plain Kindle e-reader:
- Affordability. It was a great price purchase point at holiday time, and free next day shipping. My frugal side couldn’t resist that.
- Touchscreen display. After using the iPad and phone where you touch everything, it’s second nature now and l keep trying to do the same thing on the computer and television sometimes 🙂 .
- Long lasting battery life. I use it for more than 3 weeks before needing a recharge.
- It’s solely an e-reader. No distractions when l’m reading.
- Thanks to stringent airline baggage restrictions, carrying a book is almost undoable. You need every inch of space for other essentials. The Kindle is extremely light (161gm). I no longer carry the iPad when l travel.
- Ease of use. You’re able to set it up in minutes.
- I can adjust the font size as needed. As my eyes adjust to aging, I sometimes need different size fonts believe it or not. Easy to do with the Kindle.
I am absolutely loving my Kindle. That being said, the only thing l miss is that sometimes l want to read in the dark. That is unfortunately one thing you can not do with the regular Kindle. It has no built-in light, so there has to be an external source. For me, it was not worth the extra $40 to get the next tier Kindle Paperwhite. It might be different for other people, but l think that higher amount is unjustified.
Should you buy a Kindle e-reader? Here are reasons to:
- If you love reading as much as like l do, then you definitely should. My Kindle can easily store over 3,000 books available on Kindle! Imagine that. Three thousand books in the palm of your hand. We really have come a long way in the technological world.
- Lightweight, can fit in your pocket or handbag easily.
- Glare free. You don’t have to do the constant shifting to read in the best light.
- Read anywhere you want. On your commute, at the beach, whenever you want. The last time l was in church, I noticed several people had their Kindle with the Bible downloaded and were following the sermon on it as opposed to the physical bible.
- Thousands of titles available. From classics to romance, to autobiographies so you have plenty to choose from at different price points. You can download free books from the Kindle store on Amazon, including most of the classics . Often new authors have free downloads and sometimes established ones too. Free Kindle books? Count me in 🙂 . Also check for Amazon free books of the day.
- Cord free downloading over Wifi. Set up is very easy, especially if you already have an existing Amazon account. Less than 10 minutes, and l was reading my first novel (Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett).
- You can listen to audiobooks if that’s your thing. It’s nice to have that option.
For me, my Kindle reader has been a wonderful and useful purchase. We ended up getting one for my mother-in-law for Christmas and had it sent directly to her. She only speaks and reads Italian and is loving being able to purchase and download her favorite Italian authors directly from Amazon. At 68, we were a bit worried she wouldn’t be able to set it up, but she was up and reading within an hour of receiving it. That shocked the heck out of us as she sucks at anything computer related. There are always new Kindle books being added to the store too, so chances are you’ll always find something new.
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Do you have an e-reader? If so, are you loving it or do you prefer an old fashioned book in your hands?