For my recent 40th birthday, my beautiful wife bought me an Amazon Kindle.

For those who don’t know, a Kindle is an ebook reader.  It’s part of a range of electronic devices that are rapidly replacing old-school books.

I was first introduced to this device by my boss, Brenda, who has been an advocate for them ever since she got hers a few months ago.

Intrigued, and not sure what else to get for my birthday, I researched the numerous ebook readers on the market and decided upon the Kindle.

A couple of weeks later and I’m rapt with my decision.

Here are 10 reasons why:

Size and weight – With a screen size the size of a typical paperback book, the Kindle is the perfect size for reading.  It’s extremely lightweight as well, weighing less than most books.

Storage – The Kindle can store up to 3,500 books, far more than I am ever likely to use.  We currently are running out of space on our many bookshelves, so this is a big plus.

Cool cover – I chose the chocolate brown leather cover to protect my purchase and it looks great.  There are a range of colours to choose from and you can pay a bit extra for a built-in light as well if you want.

Battery life – One full charge will keep you going for a month if you read for approximately an hour a day.  Very handy.

Book cost – I bought my first 3 books for under $10 combined. At full retail, they would have cost me closer to $50.  That difference isn’t always as large, but most books are under $10, so the Kindle should pay for itself in the first year.

Ease of use – I don’t claim to be proficient when it comes to the use of technology, but downloading books via wi-fi is incredibly easy and takes less than a minute.  Turning a page is a click of a button and most of the options are fairly self-explanatory.

Percentage of book read – It’s only a small thing, but at the bottom of the page, you can see the progress that you’ve made on your book.  I like this as I enjoy setting goals for each reading session.

Notes and highlights – It’s easy to highlight passages that you like and write notes in your book.  Even better, these notes and highlights synch with your Kindle account and you can remotely access them from any computer.  For an added bonus, you can even move them seamlessly to your Evernotes account.  Thanks to Michael Hyatt for giving some simple instructions in this post from his brilliant blog.

Link to Facebook and Twitter – If you’re looking for an easy way to share your favourite quotes with your friends and followers, look no further.  Your Kindle can link with your chosen social media option and then your updates and tweets can start to look more intelligent.

It’s got me excited about reading – This is the ultimate test for me.  All of the above reasons have got me reading more and I’m rapt about that.  I’ve already finished my first two books and am well on the way with a few others as well.  The screen is very easy on the eyes, making reading easy and enjoyable.  Amazon make the claim that Kindle users read 3.3 times as many books as non-Kindle users.  If I want to continue to develop myself in every aspect of my life, I need to make sure that I’m reading widely and this new toy has certainly assisted me in this.

There are other benefits, but these are the ones that stand out to me.

Thanks Karen for my present.  I love it.

If you have a Kindle, is there anything else that you like about it?

If you don’t, what’s stopping you from getting one?

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