This was my big christmas surprise, and I\’m absolutely thrilled. My husband bought me a new e-reader, a Kindle Paperwhite. It replaces my old Kindle Fire which died just shy of being ten years old. I was able to transfer nearly all 144 books off my old device onto the new one. (The only book I lost was Beautiful Joe, which isn\’t a big deal- already read and it wasn\’t a favorite so not sure if I\’ll even replace it).
There are some things I like about the Paperwhite right away. It\’s very lightweight- so easy to handle, and doesn\’t make the book I keep it in
feel unexpectedly heavy. The screen is slightly smaller and shorter than the old Kindle which disappointed me at first, but then I figured out how to adjust the line spacing, font size and type in the device, so the page read doesn\’t feel as truncated now.
I fully charged it yesterday after transferring all the book files, and then spent some time reading on it- got nearly halfway through the next Animorphs book. With my old Kindle, this would have drained a good part of the battery- but the Paperwhite is still at ninety percent. I do believe I could easily read on this for a week before needing to recharge. It also has far more storage space (helped by the fact there are no games or any features not related to reading books, which is what I wanted!) I put my whole e-book library on here, which took up less than a tenth of the storage space. I could fit over a thousand books on this if I wanted to.
Only downside for now, is that my hollowed-out book space is too large for it. For now I\’ve wedged it in with a bit of foam, but eventually I will want to make a new hollow book case. When I find the right book to sacrifice . . . or maybe I will buy a blank one just for that purpose this time. Have to find just the right one, though.
One odd thing, is that when I power the Paperwhite completely off, the screen looks rather bright- as in the first photo. Compared to when it\’s in sleep mode and shows a picture, as in the last two photos.
Extra tidbit- when I wrote that previous post about getting the Kindle Fire, I mentioned having approximately six hundred books on my shelves. In the ten years since, I\’ve easily added a thousand more paperbound books to my collection (!)
Well, can you tell I\’m excited. I hope your holidays all had some specially happy bookish surprises, as mine did. I\’m off to test another nice feature of the Paperwhite now, by seeing how easily I can read in a patch of sunshine (through a window today, but in the future I look forward to reading outside in the garden).