Can you believe that in a few days it is already April?! Not too long ago, I was agonizing about my ridiculous sleeping pattern because of my love of reading before bedtime. When I made a life changing decision of switching to digital materials (school and leisure books, as well as my school notes, and light bullet journaling), sleeping, due to the blue light that any screen emits, has been harder. I thought I could peacefully read books off of my iPad, and journal in bed using GoodNotes, but I realized later on that too much screen time was becoming more of a hassle than beneficial for me. With that, I began my search for a better way to read and relax while on bed… and alas, I found the Kindle Paperwhite 2018 edition.
What I love best about my new Kindle Paperwhite is its E-ink technology; which means that it’s less straining (and less stimulating) for the eyes when I’m reading on bed before sleeping, and also it’s almost glare-free when I’m reading outdoors. It seriously blew my mind when I was reading inside the car at 4PM and I realized that the screen brightness was at 1 out of 10! My second favorite thing about it is how I’ve been able to read for long periods of time because the Kindle feels just like an actual book. It is not at all harsh to my eyes, and also because it is an ebook reader, I do not get periodical notifications unlike when I was reading on my iPad, and I am able to concentrate on the literature better and for a significantly longer period.
The new edition is also now waterproof! I brough it with me to the pools by the villa that my boyfriend and I stayed in for the weekend and I had the peace of mind while reading, “52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You” by Brett Blumenthal, in a jacuzzi. However, I still don’t recommend submerging it into the 100 degrees water for obvious reasons.
A lot of people from the reviews that I’ve read before purchasing the device had issues with the price at $129. I, myself, also think that it’s quite a splurge considering that I bought most of my leisure books before from thrift stores for 25c a piece. However, because I’m trying to minimize the things that I buy little by little, I think its price can come a long way. Also, I bought mine during an Amazon‘s Reading Awareness Month sale for $100. Take that price and an option to pay in installments for 5 months, now it comes down to $25 per month! (including taxes) It doesn’t seem like a splurge now.
(or I may just be saying that to make myself believe it)
The new Kindle Paperwhite also now lets you listen to audiobooks! While I was obsessed with audio books just a few months ago, I find that this feature won’t be something that I’ll use often since I just started driving by myself. It is nice to have that option though in case a long bus or train trip in NYC. Keep in mind, there is no jack in the Kindle and audio books only work with Bluetooth headphones and speakers.
If you are an Amazon Prime member, and you love reading, like I am and I do, then it makes perfect sense for you to get a Kindle ebook reader! Prime members get A LOT OF FREE BOOKS and some audio books. Just there. Any time, anywhere!
It may be hard to believe this because of how I’m talking up this humble device, but I was not at all paid to write this post. I don’t think I can be paid to write anything with my current style, but I’d definitely someday want to write for a living. For now, I’m just going to read a lot and learn.