[Product Review] Kindle Paperwhite

If you're studying abroad or moving abroad, especially to a non-English speaking country, I highly recommend investing in a Kindle Paperwhite.

I was a really late adopter. I was so skeptical about buying another electronic device because I already have a laptop, iPad, iPod, and multiple smartphones.

I finally caved and it's so worth it.

I am not sure about the original Kindle, but my Paperwhite is so light!
They really weren't joking or over-exaggerating for the sake of marketing...the screen really does feel like paper.

I initially bought it because I was getting worried about my eyes. I am constantly on the computer for work, so I am constantly exposed to so much bluelight, so going home and reading (I am testing out this as a potential hobby) e-books on my phone or iPad was just such an undertaking.

Also, my Paperwhite is so light! Seriously, a major fear of mine with my iPad was that I was going to drop it on my face as I was reading and break my nose. (Maybe a bit of an exaggeration.)

Maybe you may feel differently if you have an iPad Air or iPad Mini? I just have a regular iPad and it was so heavy to read in bed.

I know it seems like I drank the Kool-Aid, but I am just so excited about my new gadget because I'm a geek. We'll see if the honeymoon period ends, but from my friend research, it seems like the honeymoon period never ends.

I have figured out how to take a screenshot (press the upper right-hand corner and the bottom left-hand corner at the same time until the screen blinks) and add it to my computer (just connect your Kindle and open the Kindle drive on your desktop).

You can also add e-pub books to your Kindle by using the converter app called Calibre, which available for free.

Also, you can email yourself books (your Kindle e-mail address is located in your Settings) and they will be added automatically.

Supported File Types:

  • Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX)
  • HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
  • RTF (.RTF)
  • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
  • Kindle Format (.MOBI, .AZW)
  • GIF (.GIF)
  • PNG (.PNG)
  • BMP (.BMP)
  • PDF (.PDF)

I actually use the Kindle App to kind of coordinate things. It is much slicker than the Kindle, my only knock on the Kindle is that it's just an e-reader, so it is slower than doing stuff on your phone or computer. In WiFi, all of your apps sync. So, I have the Kindle app on my phone, iPad, and computer. They all sync along with the Kindle itself. So you can read using any device really.

Download here! - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

I also basically bought it for use with library e-books. I had been using the Overdrive App, which is basically a Kindle App for library books only. (You can also send your library e-books directly to your Kindle by linking your library account with your Amazon account.)

So, these days, I have kept my Overdrive app on my phone (because it is able to save my library card number...it's so long, I can't remember all these numbers and passwords in life). Then, sign into my library and browse the catalog using Overdrive, checkout the book I want, and then send it to my Kindle using the Overdrive App itself.

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