The Kindle XI: 11 Reasons to Grab A Kindle Paperwhite E-Book Reader

April 3, 2013


With the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite becoming available for ordering in India, we are going to stick our heads out in the e-book reader vs paper book debate and come out in support of the former in general, and the Kindle in particular.  Of course, this has been done after careful consideration. Do check our rationale:

The portability and capacity
Most book lovers we know feel lost without their collection of books and often lug around anything from a single to half a dozen tomes. Imagine being able to carry close to a thousand books in a device that weighs as much as a single one? That’s the magic of the Kindle.

It is comfortable to read
We have been reading off the Kindle for two years now and this is something we can certify – reading on it is every bit as easy on the eye as reading on paper. If anything, it is more comfortable as it lets you tweak font sizes and backgrounds, and is very easy to read in broad daylight as well as in the night (unlike other Kindles, the Paperwhite has an backlit screen illuminated display that be read in the dark ). And we have no tangible evidence that it’s bad for eyesight either.

Your portable bookstore
It not just lets you carry all the books you have purchased in one small device, the Kindle also gives you access to a massive bookstore, full of thousands of books on a variety of subjects. You do not have to travel anywhere or worry about timings – this one is open 24 hours a day, and is just an Internet connection away.

The free sample factor
So how many bookstores let you sit and read twenty to thirty pages of a book and THEN make up your mind to purchase it? Well, with the Kindle, you can get a free sample of just about any book you need and if you like it, go ahead and buy it.


The variety of books
It is not just any bookstore in your hands. The Amazon Kindle bookstore also has more books than most real bookstores, complete with reader feedback and comments, and neatly classified into sections and sub sections. If you are looking for a book, just search for it – no asking assistants or messing through racks.

The price
A year ago, we would not have put this point in but with the fall in the price of the rupee, the stark fact is that the e-paper editions of many books have got a whole lot cheaper than their paperback editions. Yes, in most cases, the paperback edition still come with lower price tags, but hey, you need space to store them in your house, and carrying many of them around is not the easiest task. We just think an e-edition is better value for money right now.

The availability
More books than on a bookstore, no timings to worry about…and no concern that when you go looking for a book, it might be “sold out” or “out of stock.” If a book comes on the Kindle, it generally stays there for a long time indeed. You can even often grab a book within minutes of its launch without having to worry about advance payments or standing in queues.

You browse it, it browses the Web!
No, it does not have the greatest browser we have ever seen and it does not support colours, but the fact is that the Kindle does come with a browser that is handy enough for some basic browsing – handy for those times when you do not feel like using another device.
Phenomenal battery life
Charge it once and use it for about a month? Yes, that’s how long the battery on the Paperwhite lasts, with a couple of hours of reading every day. So one charge is enough to last you a pretty long trip, even if you forget to take your charger along.
Inbuilt dictionary and sharing
Want to know the meaning of a word? You do not need to open a dictionary for reference – the Kindle comes with an inbuilt dictionary that lets you get the meaning of a word without leaving the page. And yes, it does not need to be connected to the Internet either. You can also share passages to Facebook and Twitter from within the book itself (you WOULD need to be connected to the Web for that, though)

Not the same smell and feel,  but the words are the same!

We know that many people think that the “feel and smell” of paper makes the reading experience special. That said, they did not miss it when e-mail literally slaughtered snail mail. For most readers, it is the words that count, not what they are being read on (and its smell, feel, etc.)

Interested in grabbing a Kindle Paperwhite? Then head over to Amazon’s page and order it
. No, it is not available in Indian stores, although the less expensive basic Kindle model is. We would recommend the Paperwhite as flipping pages on a touchscreen just seems more natural than hitting buttons. What say?

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4 Responses to The Kindle XI: 11 Reasons to Grab A Kindle Paperwhite E-Book Reader

  1. Vineet
    April 4, 2013 at 1:16 am

    A good article to ease the confusion regarding buying of a e-reader. I have one question, if you can help clarify, I would be grateful. Can I buy e-books from other online stores or does it have to be from Amazon bookstore only.

    • Nimish Dubey
      April 4, 2013 at 1:22 am

      Thanks a tonne for your appreciation. If you buy e-books from the Kindle itself, your options will be limited to the Amazon Kindle store. One can purchase and download books from other bookstores and convert them, to a Kindle-friendly format and transfer them using a PC, although that does not always yield the greatest results (formatting can take a hit sometimes). That said, the Amazon Kindle store is pretty huge and prices are coming down, so one always has plenty to choose from, in book terms.

  2. April 4, 2013 at 3:05 am

    I agree with most of the stuff. I have a Kindle Paperwhite and been using it from more than a week now.

    But you say Paperwhite has backlit screen?

    • Nimish Dubey
      April 4, 2013 at 3:19 am

      Thanks for pointing it out. Slip of the keyboard. Have corrected it.

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