I have very few possessions that I treasure, mainly because I’m just not that attached to physical things. But without a second thought, I would put my Amazon Kindle into that very elite group of items I could not live without.
The price has come down considerably since the Kindle first came out. It’s now at, what I consider to be, an affordable $139. But many people are still wondering: is it worth the money? And perhaps even more importantly: could the Kindle save you money?
Well, the answer to that question depends on several factors.
1. Do You Love to Read?
If you spend a lot of your spare time reading, then investing in a Kindle might be a smart move for several reasons.
First, there are 2.5 million free books available for download on Amazon’s Kindle store, Archive.org, and other sites online.
And, these are not lousy books. You can download classics such as: Pride and Prejudice, The Invisible Man, Moby Dick, Dracula, War and Peace, and Gulliver’s Travels, all for free. The choices are truly amazing; and so many are available without spending a dime.
Of course, many people argue that you can check out these same titles for free at your local library. And this is certainly true.
But what about when it’s 9:00 at night? Or what about when there’s a snowstorm, or your kids are sick, or you simply don’t want to drive all the way to the library? The Kindle allows you to find, and download, a book within seconds.
If you take the time, the Kindle can also open you up to a world of books that you’ve never even heard of before.
For instance, I was recently browsing through Kindle’s free books and came across a book titled Letters of a Woman Homesteader.
It’s a true narrative, written by a young woman in the early 1900′s who lost her husband. In search of a way to support herself and her young daughter, she heads West to claim a homestead and start a new life. The book is her collection of letters that details the incredible challenges, and joys, she experienced starting a new life.
My library would have never had this obscure but captivating book. Finding gems like this is possible with the Kindle.
2. Do You Want to Get Rid of Clutter?
I used to have over 500 books an it was actually hard work keeping it down to that number. My books were much loved, but they took up an entire room. And every time we moved, we had to lug them around.
Thanks to the Kindle, I have learned the beauty of downsizing your home and life. My collection of paper books is down to fewer than 100 titles, and getting smaller all the time. I’ve been able to donate my books to my local library, which I know will give them a good home. As a result, my entire home library is kept in one, small place. And, I have a lot more room in my office.
3. Do You Travel?
Most people carry a book when they travel for business or vacation. But choosing that book (at least for most bibliophiles) is an agonizing process. After all, you can only choose one. Which will it be?
The Kindle eliminates that tough choice. As I said a moment ago, your entire library is on one 8.5 ounce device. No more lugging around heavy books at the airport.
4. Do You Want to Reduce Your Paper Consumption?
Did you know that one tree provides enough paper for only 116 average-sized books? It also takes 4.4 gallons of water to produce one book?
I love books. But they’re an enormous drain on our natural resources, even if you recycle. eBooks don’t require trees to be cut down, water to be used, or gas to truck them to the bookstore. They’re definitely more eco-friendly than paper books.
I’ll be the first to admit that it’s really, really easy to buy books on the Kindle. With one click, you can drop $10 and have a book within seconds.
When I first bought my Kindle, I bought a lot of books. It was such a thrill to have a book I wanted with pretty much zero effort on my part! Now, however, I have much better self control. I largely download classics, which are free.
Keep in mind that with the Kindle, the temptation to spend is definitely there.
Do you have a Kindle? If so, do you feel it’s worth the money? If not, do you think the Kindle would ever be something you’d invest in, or is it simply not worth the price?