Do you remember the time when the shelves in your room were packed with books? Being the voracious reader that you are, it was a challenge for you to organize your home library. But let me ask you this: do you know how many trees were cut to print all those books? It’s a good thing that tablets like Amazon’s Kindle have become widely available. With Kindle, you can have as many as 600,000 books in one cool device. That’s like having a small bookstore in your hands. Of course, you can’t read all of those books in your lifetime, but it is comforting to know that you have a wide range of choices as far as reading materials are concerned. Amazon Kindle
Amazon’s Kindle is Good Reading Device
As a reading device, there are a lot of good things we can say about the Kindle. It is not surprising that it is the most preferred e-book reader in the world, even beating the highly popular iPad. The new Kindle, Voyage, is particularly getting a lot of rave reviews for its high contrast and resolution screen. It looks crisp and glare-free whether you are reading just before sleeping, or at high noon. The new Kindle has an auto-adjustable brightness level that eliminates eye strain. Plus, the color is very similar to that of real books. It is lightweight enough to be put inside your shoulder bag. And its page-turning function has been optimized for one-handed use, so you can read your favorite Nicholas Sparks novel while lining up at McDonalds. The device will also vibrate to recognize that you have just turned a page. It also supports illustrated e-books for children, plus parental controls that adults would love. Imagine passing on the hardware to your child who wants to read a Dr. Seuss classic after you had your fix of 50 Shades of Grey? Yes, the parental controls would allow you to do that without fear of your child getting into your dirty reading materials. There are other things you’ll love about the Kindle if you are into reading. You can adjust the size of the texts to make reading easier for you. You can also make notes.
Amazon Kindle for Green Travel
Kindle is also good for the environment. Did you know that a single device displaces roughly 22 physical books every year? According to a study made by the company Cleantech Group, a single Kindle device is responsible for an estimated carbon savings of nearly 170 kilograms of carbon dioxide. And when a Kindle device’s storage is full, it prevents the emission of nearly 11,185 kilograms of carbon dioxide. The company arrived at these computations by comparing the average carbon footprint of physical books shipped from online stores and brick-and-mortar stores, as well as e-books downloaded to Kindle. Cleantech said that almost 125 million trees were cut down for all paper books in 2007. It added that e-book readers can save up to almost 10 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions in three years.
It’s not difficult to understand why Kindle and other e-book readers are considered to be more environment-friendly compared to traditional books. Aside from paper requiring trees to be cut down, more energy is needed for manufacturing books. And we’re not even talking of the gasoline needed to transport books from the printing company to the bookstore. In fact, 25 to 36 percent of books in bookstores are often returned to their publishers because they were not bought, burning more fossil fuels in the process. The Kindle’s battery life is also built to last, so there’s no need to recharge it every now and then. When used sparingly and with minimal backlight, the devce can last for two months on a single charge. And even when you’re a voracious e-book reader, the Amazon product should last for a couple of days before its battery dies. Simply put, the Kindle won’t cause any significant increase in your electricity bills.
Amazon Kindle for Traveling
Long flights provide a perfect opportunity to catch up on your readings. Kindle is great for travelers who don’t want to load up their baggage with voluminous books. Instead of bringing paperbacks, you can have your favorite novels downloaded to your Kindle device. Imagine the space you’ll be able to save in your suitcase when you stop bringing books and shift to the use of Kindle. Kindle can also give you substantial savings, especially when you are the jetsetter who’s often in and out of the country. Book prices tend to be higher outside of the United States, but if you have a Kindle you can buy and download books to your device and avoid the extra charges. You can even have subscriptions of US magazines and newspapers delivered or downloaded to your Kindle device.
Kindle is even more useful for travelers who are going to a country where there are limited English language books available. For example, in case you find yourself in China for an extended period, can you imagine how hard it is for you to buy a John Grisham thriller? But when you have a Kindle, this should not be a problem at all. The lightweight and compact design of the Kindle makes it ideal for long bus trips. You can store it in a backpack. You can read it while you are lining up to buy a ticket. And you can hold it even for extended hours. It is not a stretch to predict that more and more people will eventually stop buying books and turn to the use of Kindle instead because of the inherent advantages afforded to them by the Amazon device. Kindle is easy to use, and its compact design makes it the ideal travel companion unlike books which can take up a lot of space in the suitcase. Users of the Amazon device would also be able to save more dollars in the long run. And with Amazon’s Kindle, travelers who love to read would no longer be at the mercy of bookstores that don’t have as many titles to offer as Amazon.
Books can be reused over and over (I get most of my books from the library or used book store). When they are thrown out they decompose, but when a Kindle dies? I think of the picture Kimberly found for her 31 Reason to Travel Travel: In Pictures post.
photo credit: art_es_anna
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