I’m talking about its connection to the Amazon store, of course, which carries e-books. Some are even free. Being able to buy e-books online, download and store them on your e-reader makes the Kindle more attractive than some e-readers.
You don’t have to use a dedicated e-reader to read e-books. There are e-reader applications for cell phones, tablets and desktop computers. Even so, the battery in an e-reader will probably last a lot longer than the battery in a cell phone or tablet. If I’m ever inclined to buy an e-reader again, I’ll probably buy the latest Kindle. But then… I can get a tablet for less than $50.
I actually own a Kindle, but it’s an old one without any kind of light (or backlight). I used it for about a year and stopped. It’s been several years since I’ve read a novel. I rarely read long e-books of any kind these days, unless you count PDF files. Yes, the “Portable Document Format” is one of the many e-book formats but it’s rarely used for that.
I read short e-books on my laptop. The software I like to use is “Calibre“. I recently added an e-book app to my Android cell phone but I’ve yet to use it to read anything. Like a lot of apps, I’ll remove it immediately if it isn’t worth it and replace it with something else.
I’m using Linux Mint Mate as my laptop operating system. If I want to use the Kindle Reader, I have to use the Windows version with Wine. It’s not worth the trouble since Calibre works well enough. But then again… I’ll drop Calibre in a heartbeat if I find something better.
You can find plenty of free e-books if you know where to look. I’m not talking about illegal torrents either. One such place is “Project Gutenberg“. You can buy e-books at Amazon.com, obviously, and you can buy them elsewhere.
If you can’t download e-books directly to your e-reader, you can move them from device to device. I move files from my laptop to my cell phone using Dukto. I don’t remember but I think I used a USB cable when I moved files to my Kindle, way back when.
The last time I bought a book, it was a paperback book I bought at a Borders (now defunct) bookstore. I bought it to read on a plane flight, probably a year or two before I bought my Kindle.
A lot of public libraries are digitizing books that still have value. They’re discarding those books that are no longer being read or checked out. If there’s a time for a real Internet public library, it’s now. Unfortunately, many rights holders don’t like public libraries as it is.
I won’t buy paper books anymore, unless I can’t find the same titles as e-books. Paper books disappear, either when moving from place to place or when someone borrows them and doesn’t bring them back. Electronic books are infinitely copyable.