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Kindle Paperwhite - A Review

I normally don't do product reviews on this site, but after buying the Kindle Paperwhite, I loved it so much, I decided to write about it here, and try to explain why its such a great product.

Ebooks vs. paper books

Let's get this out of the way up front-- I love ebooks.  I know some people out there are die-hard fans of traditional paper books.  They like the feel of them, the smell of them, and the satisfaction of collecting them on book shelves like trophies once finished reading.

Believe me, I used to be right there with you.  But after moving twice in the past year, and having to carry around hundreds of pounds of books I will likely never read again, I decided to give ebooks a try.

And I'm glad I did.  I can't get enough of them.  Until recently, I used either my iPad or my Nexus 7 to read on (with the Kindle app).  I love that I could have hundreds of books "in the cloud" that could effortlessly move from device to device.  I love that I can search for keywords or passages in the book just like CTRL-F on a webpage.  And I think most of all I love that I can long-press on a word, and a dictionary definition comes up.  I can't say how often I use this, especially when reading Game of Thrones.  There are so many archaic words that I don't recognize.

But I think the number one feature that made me switch from paper to electrons had to be the fact that I can download a preview of the books for free.  If there's a book I am curious about online, I can just get the first few chapters to see if I like it.  Generally, I know within the first 20 pages if I am "hooked" or not.  And doing that in a book store just isn't practical.


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