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The secret life of a Kindle reader

by : 
Bethan Morgan

For those of you who do not know what a Kindle is, it is a product from Amazon which allows you to download books and read them anywhere, at home, at work, on a journey, without having to carry around lots of heavy hardbacks. It is also really useful when you go on holiday if, like me, you read a lot and quickly.

I bought my Kindle two years ago after seeing my mum and my sister with one. Before, I didn't want one, as I love to read books, and I love the satisfaction that comes from reading a book from cover to cover. However, after using my sister’s one day I fell in love with it. It is so easy to download any book you can imagine from the website – one minute you see the book on your computer, the next it is in your hands. And you can read such a wide range of texts – from classic books such as Pride and Prejudice and works by Shakespeare, to modern, comedy books or autobiographies. I even have recipe books on mine.

Another thing I love about the Kindle is the privacy. You can read absolutely anything on there and no one will know! For example, if you wanted to read a book which might be advertised as a book for men, or even a children’s book, you could secretly read it and everyone will believe you are reading a deeply intellectual novel! You can even download the latest editions of newspapers and magazines, so you can catch up on your favourite bands, celebrities or current affairs.
Reading a Kindle gives you a chance to escape the real world. Yes, you can also do this with normal books, but the secrecy and excitement of downloading a new book onto your device adds to the magic.

This doesn't mean that I have given up completely on reading physical books – I still love going into old bookshops and finding a well-known novel for £1, or borrowing old cricket books from my grandfather’s library. There is a worry that with all this new technology there will no longer be a place for actual books, which would be a crying shame.
So, I definitely recommend getting yourselves a Kindle, but please, don’t forget about real books too!


Do you have a Kindle? If not, would you like one?


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edelietta 8 February, 2021 - 18:32

To start with, I haven`t got a Kindle, but if I have a chanse, I will buy it. In my opinion, e-books give us a good opportunity to start read books a lot and quickly. Moreover, most important thing for me is the Kindle is privacy. You can read various books, and nobody will not know and see what you read, it`s very convenient when you are using public transport. For now, I read paperbooks. I like flip papers, sniff pages and view pictures. Of course, you can use an e-book, but you don`t forget about real books

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DearSky 28 January, 2016 - 11:24

I don't have a Kindle and I'm not sure if i'd like to buy one. When I read books on technological devices I tend to get more distracted. I still like printed books.

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Silvermist 3 January, 2016 - 10:18

No, I don't but neither would I like one because the smell and the touch of the books actually feel like we are exploring beautiful spirits that reside in them So paperback remains my favourite way of reading books.

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Oliii98 21 October, 2013 - 17:52

When I bought my new laptop I had kindle already. I tried to read book from it, but I didn't liked it. I prefer normal books. Reading many times is not only for fun for me, but it's break from computer or TV.

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usama 20 October, 2013 - 03:57

I have do not have kindle at the moment . I remember i saw first kindle on bus so time i was thinking that how a man or lady store a book in it but late i understand it. I like to reed books but not in kindle because i a have big problem when ever i reed some thing on internet or in mobile phone i feel sick. So thus why most time i prefer to reeds from books so i can pay more attention. But i thing to if by looking at time as we all know that the time is running so fast then we need to use kindle to save our time . I remember i was in school i took and barrow some stories books from my friend . One day during the study time in class i was busy to reeding book, so my class teacher caught me . he become angry with me . So after next days i left to reeding stories books in class.
I like to reed the books which can give a good message , for example some time i reed islamic books to know about my religion more deeply.

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Jonathan - Coor... 19 August, 2013 - 12:13

Hi manik! Do you read a lot? What do you like to read?
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Lemony 7 August, 2013 - 16:32

Earlier i hadn't a Kindle, but i bought it, when "Oblomov" by Goncharov became necessary to me promptly.
it's a really good thing for people who really keen on reading. One day can happen, that you already haven't a place for you new books and kindle become a not bad decision. But i can't refuse myself in pleasure to buy a real books)

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Amigo110 17 July, 2013 - 08:51

I had a kindle nd had used it for 2 years.. Kindle is a completely useful device to reading a milion books every where, every time ( condition: Enough light )..When u travel, it's a smallest bags to bring all of ur books with only a hand..It's impossible in physical books because u may have ur books carried by a car if ur a reader ( who loves reading books, does not alive without books )..Investing one time for ur device and u can reads all of books u want without expending because cracked ebook is free nd very easy to download on the Internet, long life battery, u can read books all of 2 days without charging. Im sure that u'll be out of energy before ur kindle, it's better than reading books on tablet. And the best point in this device is e-ink screen with no harm for ur eyes..
By the way, Kindle doesnt not give u satisfaction when u read a real book from cover to cover..U dont have chance to smell taste of new paper in ur new book..There is no difference between milion books in paper quality, type of words, weight because it's always the same on e-ink screen. so that u maybe easy to get bored with reading many books.
With my love for reading books nd experience in using Kindle, i think Kindle ( especially Kindle Touch ) is a good device to try. Hope u'll enjoy it.

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Natalija 29 June, 2013 - 23:24

I don't have a kindle. I haven't heard for it till today. I'm so uninformed:). Still, I wouldn't like to have one. I prefer reading books from libraries, not online, because it's not the same. I like that feeling of turning pages, the cover page etc. I don't like downloading from Internet, it's so boring. I like reading, it's one of my biggest passions, but in my opinion, kindle can never replace real books.

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745055 13 May, 2013 - 13:21

I don't have a kindle and I don't want it. Even if I think it would be extremely handy, I prefer real books..
So I'm agree withAnn(;

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MALINE 11 May, 2013 - 21:43

I´d like to have one and I hope that physical books don´t dissapear I love the smell that comes from books.

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Jerry 18 March, 2013 - 15:53

For the time being I have no Kindle, but I think that in 4-5 years it will be common and widespread. It means that it will be cheap, and affordable for students.
I like real books: If you know what I mean by smelling a new book coming staight out of the printing house.

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Bethan Morgan 12 April, 2013 - 09:21

I know exactly what you mean - I love that smell too. I recently started reading a real book again, after using my Kindle for so long it was really nice!

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tota syria 16 March, 2013 - 12:10

I havent heard about it until now ! , but i like it

I download books from net and read it in my pc , but i prefer real books

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ShaiqGenius 1 March, 2013 - 11:56

Yes I do have a Kindle and it's really useful to me because I can read anything I want without leaving my home.

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Beauty2705 28 February, 2013 - 15:35

My dad almost bought me a Kindle...but then he bought me a laptop instead...i am happy but still I know how useful Kindle is & I want it friend has Kindle and she reads it every night.

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writer 27 February, 2013 - 20:16

I think a kindle is very helpful and i really would like to have one . does anyone know,are these sold in Albania?

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Tayswiftloverxo 23 February, 2013 - 10:16

I love reading so much so I'm thinking about getting a Kindle, and Bethan, what you wrote was really good, i love your stories so much here!

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TeenGirlie 4 February, 2013 - 13:56

Yes, I also have got a Kindle and it's really comfortable and easy to use, but I still like reading "physical books" more :)

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megisiana 24 January, 2013 - 12:15

no i dont have a kindle but i do a project for KINDLE in my school.............and i would like one........
i love fantastic book with witches ,,,,,,let's say............

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