The story of my first Kindle and why I upgraded

I was in 10th grade when I bought my first kindle. The second model created by Amazon. Now it doesn’t even exist on the market. That one was nice with buttons and speakers. Superb!

I had bought it from the scholarship money, collected for a year. It was one of the most memorable moments of my life. When I went to the post office to pick up the box from Amazon. It was so thin and beautiful.


My family did not understand my enthusiasm. They thought our library was enough. When I couldn’t find anything interesting, I also went to my grandmother’s library. Hers was bigger. Grandma had a penchant for realism, but that’s the subject of another post. In her library, however, I discovered the three thieves from the east, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Gogol. War and Peace remains my favorite novel today, closely followed by the Karamazov Brothers.

Coming back to the story.

I was now trying to remember what I was reading in high school. Most of it was fiction. Over 70%. The rest was philosophy, religion, a little history and literary analysis. I don’t remember buying a eboook in high school. So I was hacking all the books. But most were free, taken from book sites.
But when I got to college, I really realized what a good investment I had made. While my colleagues struggled to read from their laptops or print entire books, I turned the PDFs I received from teachers into MOBI format in a few minutes and uploaded them to the Kindle. I saved hundreds of lei and the health of my eyes.
I used it for almost 10 years and it still works without problems. It has only one scratch on the screen, but it doesn’t bother to read. And he never had a cover. When I bought it, I had no money and no cover. I put it in a black notebook with a string that held it well. I realized it was a good choice. I can quickly take notes when I read something interesting.

I upgraded 2 months ago. To be more precise, I received one as a gift. Kindle version 2019, black. For this I immediately took a cover with van Gogh’s Night. To inspire me before I read. After two months of reading it, I realize that there is one thing I like about it (although let’s say it has more features than older models, the most important being the touchscreen).
Built-in light.
The fact that you can read anywhere, anytime is something that still surprises me. To be in the dark of night, in the middle of the field and to be able to read any book you want, is a blessing. So if you have a kindle that doesn’t have built-in light and isn’t necessarily something you need, I wouldn’t see any reason to upgrade.
If you don’t have one yet, and your needs are basic, then I recommend the model I have, the kindle from 2019. It’s the cheapest option. If you want a little more sophisticated (but not by much), then the 2018 Paperwhite is more appropriate.
But if you do not have a kindle or you want to upgrade because you are an experienced reader with more complex needs, then I recommend the most advanced Kindle Oasis. It has a significantly larger screen and many other benefits.
Whatever model you choose, it’s clear that Amazon is the coolest in the ebook industry. Not only does it produce the finest reading devices, but it also has the largest online bookstore in the world. With the help of the kindle, you can buy any ebook available on Amazon.com in a few clicks.
Now that we have everything we need, all we have to do is read.

Live simple. Be happy.

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Kindle or books ?

Simple. Both! 


I took my first kindle when I was in 10th grade. I wrote about it here
However, this did not mean that I have not read physical books since then. On the contrary. Sometimes, after reading the ebook and liking it, I also bought the physical book. It’s nice to have a library with a lot of books.

In the context of minimalism, there are many who believe that we should get rid of books as well. That’s not my case. I think an exception can be made for books. I would just say that maybe some books don’t deserve to take up space in your library. And to give you an example, it’s more than easy for me to miss Mein Kampf. Although in college I was forced to read it. * sight

But coming back to my kindle.
His idea is to give you flexibility. To be able to take your library with you anywhere. Another nice thing is that it protects your eyes, unlike your phone / tablet.
So we come to the conclusion that the two variants, Kindle or books, are not opposite. On the contrary, they are complementary. At least in my case, they work great together.
But if I had to choose, to have a book in front and on the same kindle the same book, I would choose the book. It’s a great feeling to hold a book in your hand, to make notes on it, to turn the page and see progress.
If you want to get a kindle, I recommend the Paperwhite version. If you stick to physical books, you do well. It is important to read! But that means you have a considerably more generous budget for books 😁


Live simple. Be happy. 
Minimalism.live