I got a Kindle Paperwhite!
I was going to wait on a new ereader until the Nook made an appearance in the UK, especially as I wasn’t that keen on the Kindle Fire. But when Amazon announced that they were also launching the Paperwhite this month, I couldn’t resist. I was pretty happy with my Kindle, but the screen contrast meant that I struggled to use it in not-so-well-lit conditions, and the Paperwhite with its improved display sounded like an ideal option. Of course, after I placed my order, I checked the online forums and found some complaints on the screen quality…
Fast-forward a couple of weeks or so, and the Amazon package arrived on my doorstep. The excitement! Quick thoughts:
- I’ve no issues with the screen – the display is definitely an improvement over the previous version. Some people have reported a degradation over time, so that may change, but for now, I’m really happy.
- I’m having some minor issues adjusting to the touch screen – I’m more used to pressing a button to change pages instead of tapping or swiping. I wish there was an option to switch the tap zones around (I think that’s what you call them?). Also, there’s no quick way to skip to the next chapter apart from going via the menu (unless I haven’t found that feature yet).
- It helps having had a Kindle before, because I found it pretty easy to navigate and figure out how to do things.
- I don’t think it’s significantly heavier than the previous version, but I find it a bit more difficult to hold in one hand (I think it’s to do with the taps/swipes than the actual weight actually).
- I still need to figure out how I’m going to transfer all my old books and collections across from my old Kindle (any tips, anyone?) – in the meantime, I’ve been downloading the ones I want to read from the Amazon cloud.
So initial verdict is a definite yes. That may change once I see the Nook IRL…
Possibly tied in to the new Kindle launches – Amazon UK is having an Autumn Book Harvest sale until Nov 7. Probably only for UK readers, but there are some good bargains. I snapped up e-versions of the first four Amelia Peabody books for £1.19 (for the set!). Other bargains that caught my eye (but I refrained from buying):
- Nora Roberts‘ TAMING NATASHA – £1.09 (Estara and I were just discussing the Stanislaskis family books the other day)
- Ree Drummond‘s PIONEER WOMAN – £0.99 (I like the Pioneer Woman blog, so was tempted)
- Jim Butcher‘s STORM FRONT – £1.99 (first in his Dresden Files series – not his best, IMO, but introduces the whole series)
- HOME IMPROVEMENT edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner – £1.69 (UF anthology with contributors including Patricia Briggs – I borrowed this from the library as I was only interested in a couple of stories, IIRC, but it’s probably worth buying at that price)
And a couple of links:
- Jacqueline Carey blogs about her inspiration for DARK CURRENTS , her new urban fantasy (I haven’t posted about it yet but I quite liked the story – promising start for a UF series, though I did have a couple of reservations)
- Sherwood Smith posts about how much she enjoyed Andrea K Höst’s books (and Estara gets a shout out for book-pushing!)