I’ve had a basic Kindle for a couple of years and have enjoyed reading on it. All things being equal, I still prefer paperbacks, but ebooks are so much cheaper that it’s difficult to justify buying a paperback.
I wasn’t expecting to use the Nexus 7 for reading, but I’ve found that it’s just better for reading than the Kindle. Here’s why:
1. No Percentage Bar
When I read a book, I want to get immersed in the world of the book. Anything that can distract me is a negative. On the Kindle, that percentage is a distraction. I’m always looking to see if it’s going up quickly or slowly.
On the Nexus, the percentage is visible when you start reading and when you get to a new chapter. That’s it. That’s perfect, in my opinion.
Backlighting and a non e-ink screen can tire your eyes out, but sometimes I just wouldn’t get to read without a backlight. If my wife is sleeping, the light will wake her up. Let’s just saying waking her up would not be an optimal situation.
With backlighting, I can read in the dark as long as I want to without disturbing my wife.
The Nexus isn’t just an e-reader either. It also has the capability to play music. I can plug in a set of headphones and leave the world behind. If my youngest son is watching Little Einsteins, or my two oldest are having a shouting match, I can crank up the music and concentrate on my book.
The Nexus also has a full colour screen. Which means that I can now read graphic novels and download children’s books for my youngest. Recently, we’ve been reading “The Cat in the Hat” together and he’s been loving it. I couldn’t read it on my Kindle, and a physical copy would cost me at least $20 here in Norway.
5. Choice of E-Retailer
I love Amazon, but their 3G surcharge for some countries is absurd. No matter what the price of the book, here in Norway we get charged an extra $2 as a 3G surcharge and then 26% tax on top of that. So a 99 cent book is $3.74. On Kobo, it’s 99 cents.
The 3G surcharge is there, regardless of if you just have wi-fi support on your Kindle. I’m getting charged $2 for a service I can’t possibly use. With the Nexus, I at least have the possibility of getting around that.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of reasons that the Nexus is better than the Kindle. Why not comment below and tell me why I’m right/wrong? Or let me know the e-reader you prefer?
If you’d like to pick up a Nexus 7 yourself, here’s a link to Amazon for you. It’s an affliate link, so the price remains the same for you, and I get a small percentage of the sale price. So using this link supports my blog while also getting you a nice shiny Nexus.
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