As I gathered up my things for the day, I had trouble deciding if I should take my book or my Kindle with me on my errands. I almost always end up waiting on someone or something, so I try to have good reading material at all times. Today I struggled… I’m in the middle of two “pieces of literature,” or “poolside trash” as I sometimes call my books – one is always a book that I’ve bought or checked out from the library, and a different book is always on my Kindle Paperwhite!


There seems to be two schools of thought – the people who LOVE books and vow to never use an e-reader of any sort, and the people who LOVE their e-reader and vow to never have a book in their hand again. Then there are people like me – caught in the middle. I LOVE my Kindle Paperwhite, but I also LOVE books. Nothing compares to the feel and smell of a brand new book. Sometimes, that is what I need. But…nothing compares to having a very small electronic device that holds hundreds of books at one time either! So that is why I am stuck. Sometimes, I need the feel and smell of a new book, and I want to roam the aisles of a bookstore. I want to sit down and read the backs of books, and then pick some to buy and bring home with me. I do the same thing sometimes at my public library. I can browse the aisles while my kids are putting books back on the shelves in the wrong place, and I can bring several home – FOR FREE! Well, except for the $50 I donate each year. Still not a bad deal.

There are many types of e-readers on the market, but I have always been a fan of the Kindle. Mostly because it it linked to my Amazon Prime account – it’s so easy to buy and sync books to all my devices. Kindle Paperwhite is the one I carry now, but there are a few other choices as well. There are a couple of reasons I love the Kindle Paperwhite. The page of a Kindle looks just like a book (only sharper). It doesn’t matter if it’s in the sunlight of in a dark room. The Kindle Paperwhite is backlit, so it adjusts to the lighting wherever you are.

The picture on the left shows my Kindle Paperwhite outside at my house. Looks just like a book, right? No glare to worry about like with some e-readers and devices. The picture on the right shows my Kindle Paperwhite in a dark room. See how the page is lit up? Awesome, right?

Some choices for different Kindles are linked below. You can get a model for less than $50, depending on what special features you are interested in…

1. Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

2. Kindle, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

3. Kindle Voyage, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

I may have found the answer to be happy in both worlds….I have my Kindle Paperwhite, but it sits in a leather cover, so it looks and feels like a real book. It’s a simple cover called Limited Edition Premium Leather Cover for Kindle Paperwhite, and for me, that is the best of both worlds!!

So…whatever you choose, book or Kindle (or other e-reader), find a nice comfy spot, a great story, and for me a cold diet Coke! Enjoy your reading time!