The Kindle Paperwhite transformed my life from a depressed chronic illness patient to a less stressed chronic bookworm. I love my Kindle Paperwhite to discover new books and authors too!
Note: This post contains affiliate links. Purchases from these links provides a small commission to me at no extra cost to you. My review is based on the 2012 ad-free Paperwhite (I just bought the 2022 ad-free Paperwhite and will update this when it comes in) but the newer Paperwhites have more memory and are waterproof! Check Amazon’s site for full feature details.
I was jealous of my oldest son. I started reading to him as a baby and as a kid, he was a voracious bookworm. I couldn’t get enough books for him to read, we had to keep going to bigger bookstores and libraries to find new books that interested him.
I was also overwhelmed, depressed and struggling to keep up as a mom who worked outside the home full-time with 3 small boys and a chronic illness that caused me a lot of pain. I wanted to be able to get lost in a book like my son could. I knew I needed to decompress after a stressful work day to get to sleep. I had to find a way to escape the reality that brought me down. I needed to find hope.
The day came when I was sucked in by the first book I couldn’t put down and suddenly I was on a quest to find more books like it. When I got my first Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, my life started to transform.
My Superhubby bought me an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite* for Christmas in 2012 and I absolutely love it! All these years later and the Kindle is still one of my prized possessions, it ranks up there with my cell phone and Macbook. Instead of writing a love poem about how much I love my Kindle, I decided to give you Top 7 Reasons why I love my Kindle and how it transformed my life and how it can transform yours too.
The Kindle has transformed my reading habits and helped fuel my addiction to reading. Reading is no longer something I TRIED to do instead of watching TV before bed, it’s what I MUST do before bed. Reading helps me escape from reality and clear my racing mind so I can get to sleep faster (unless of course, I just can’t put the book down).
Now I turn to books whenever I need help. Whether it’s a book that will help me learn about my chronic illness, how to deal with strong willed and gifted sons, or just to explore different cultures as I travel the world in books, the reading has helped me transform my life for the better and yes, the Kindle Paperwhite helped me get there.
Kindle Paperwhite Review – Top 8 reasons Why I Love My Kindle:
1. It’s lightweight.
With Rheumatoid Arthritis, my hands are misshapen and I have difficulty gripping things. The Kindle* is often lighter than a paper book and not as bulky or awkward to hold. Any paper book over 200 pages is difficult for me to hold, how many great books would I miss out on just because I couldn’t hold it?
2. I can make the print larger.
I’m at the age now where I struggle to read small print and need large print books even with my reading glasses. On the Kindle I can make the print larger so it’s easier to read without lugging around a huge large print book that I can’t hold (see #1).
3. I can read in bed until the wee hours of the morning or in full sun at the beach!
When I’m reading in bed, I can prop it up on the mattress in its cover* (I don’t even have to hold it). I keep the Kindle on the lowest light setting, that way it does not disturb Superhubby while he sleeps and I read, some nights until 3 am! It’s easier on my eyes too than reading on the ipad was.
Even when we are at the pool or beach in direct sun, I just adjust the light setting and can still read perfectly with no glare. We traveled to Spain and I took my Kindle* and read Outlander on the beach while the kids wore themselves out. Perfection! See?
4. A complete portable library.
It fits in my purse so I always have a TON of good books with me! You never know how long a wait will be in a doctor’s office so best to have my own books to pass the time. I have the 8GB version and have over 200 books on my Kindle right now and I have not run out of space yet!
5. Instant download.
It’s easy to purchase books off Amazon (including the free ones and even newer books from the Prime Lending Library*) or download books from the library and moments later it shows up on Kindle. No waiting for books to be shipped to you or the hold at the library to come in. Getting your hands on a book you want instantly is a gamechanger and priceless!
5. Library downloads with no late fees.
While there may be a little bit of a wait to get a book, there is usually something available now to download from our public library with the Libby app or the Overdrive app. When the due date passes, the book automatically disappears from the Kindle so I can avoid those annoying little late fees. Let’s face it, I don’t always make it to return books to the library on time and we borrow a lot of books.
6. Tracking notes and quotes.
Note taking and highlighting quotes are very helpful when writing book reviews. It’s much easier for me to just highlight/type than having to use a pen and paper to jot it down (and potentially lose the note). If you’re a book blogger or a professional blogger, let’s call the Kindle* a necessary business expense 🙂
7. Translations and Dictionary.
I love reading books set in other countries and this feature comes in very handy to translate a Spanish or even a Chinese word I didn’t know! Of course, I love the dictionary feature too to find definitions of words I don’t know.
8. New! It’s waterproof.
The new Kindle Paperwhite I just bought is waterproof! We go to the pool a lot in the summer so having a waterproof Kindle whether I’m on the side lounging or in the pool with my kids is a gamechanger. I might actually stay longer if I’m able to read in the pool.
9. New! Listen to audiobooks
I have been listening to audiobooks I download from the library to help me get through my huge TBR pile (and because I have been having problems with my eyesight, see #2) and to help me read nonfiction and classics. The new Kindle Paperwhites can pair with Bluetooth speakers or headphones or your Audible subscription so you can listen to your book too.
I love to listen to my audiobooks when I’m cleaning, decluttering, driving, or at the pool. Being able to listen and read the same book will help me read books faster. I have over 200 books on my physical bookshelf and 200 on my Kindle that I’ve been dying to read so this feature will be totally awesome for me!
Only turn on the Wi-Fi setting when you need to download a new book. Keeping the device in airplane mode not only saves the battery (which allows me months between recharging) but it also helps me keep library books a little longer until I’ve finished reading them.
I thought I’d be a loyal paper book fan, but there are so many advantages to having the Kindle* . I’ve easily read three times as many books a year since I got one. I have over 200 books on my device right now and it’s so great to have them all at my fingertips for whenever and wherever the reading mood strikes!
Enduring life with a chronic illness is one of the greatest challenges I’ve ever faced. I could not believe how the Kindle Paperwhite* helped me overcome my depression, learn more about my chronic illness and have the resources I needed at my fingertips to make a positive transformation in my life. I wish the same for you
How to Get a Deal On a Kindle
There are two ways to get a good deal on a Kindle right now (subject to change).
1. Trade In Your Old Kindle
If you have a Kindle already, trade it in – you get a gift card for the value of the Kindle and 20% off your next Kindle purchase. Even my 2012 Kindle Paperwhite that would not hold the battery charge anymore got me a $5 gift card. Amazon sends you a shipping label so returning your Kindle is no additional charge to you. Just send it in within their required timeframe.
That 20% off coupon code applies to your account automatically so you can purchase your new Kindle Paperwhite (I prefer the 8 GB ad-free version) and the 20% off comes off during checkout. I waited a little while before purchasing mine and the discount was still there when I purchased it last night.
2. Current Discount
My friend told me that you can get 15% off + a $15 book credit when you use the code KINDLE2022
I’m not sure how long that deal lasts but worth checking out!
Since Amazon Prime Day is coming up on July 12 and 13, your purchase will help you get one of the 4 stamps you need to get an additional $10 credit on Amazon Prime Day.
3. Amazon Prime Day
I’m guessing they will have a Kindle deal on Amazon Prime Day (July 12 and 13) itself so I’ll post that when I find out about it. We have been Amazon Prime members for a few years now and the membership been worth it. The features we love:
- Free 2 day shipping on prime purchases (which is most everything we have bought),
- Amazon Prime video for free movie and TV streaming, and
- the Amazon lending library for books
- a free kindle book a month with the Amazon First reads
Do you prefer reading a paper book or an e-book? Do you have a Kindle? What simple tools have made a surprisingly positive impact in your life? How has reading changed your life?
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