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Checkpoint: Reading Edition

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I voluntarily purchased a couple of books for the first time in well over a decade. One of them being the Steve Jobs biography. It’s a great read and one that I could lose several hours to easily. But it will probably be my last book until things start changing with how these pages are distributed.

Before I continue, I’d like to acknowledge the following paragraphs as a first world problem.

Reading a physical book, especially one the size and thickness of the Steve Jobs book is cumbersome. It’s fine when I’m reading in bed or on the couch, but it’s unwieldy anywhere else. Holding that with one hand or no hands is less than ideal because of the bulk.

This is why I’m seriously considering a dedicated reading device — specifically the Amazon Kindle.

I don’t have an affinity for physical books. Covers are nice and so is the feel of pages, but just like with magazines, I rather read them on a tablet device of some kind.

So why not use an iPad 3 for eBook reading? I could, but unless Apple’s next tablet weighs under 1 pound, I don’t think so. An Amazon Kindle weighs just 6 ounces (or 170 grams) compared to the iPad 2’s 1.33 pounds (or 601 grams). When trying to have a comfortable novel reading experience, I’d rather have lighter and thinner. I would also like to have a device that’s long lasting which the Amazon Kindle has.

The Kindle is also cheap and smaller enough to carry around with minimal worry. A $600 iPad on the other hand is something I would think twice before busting out on the bus.

Then there’s the focus of the Kindle. It’s just an e-reader. The temptations of apps isn’t there; it’s just me and the book.

So that’s why I’m considering an Amazon Kindle. I’m not pulling the trigger anytime soon, but it’s something that will be in the back of my head every time I pick up a book.

I was thinking about writing my Battlefield 3 impressions today, but I was going to leave it to Monday. Even with Battlefield 3 here, I’ve been itching to put more time into Dark Souls. There’s still more discover and endure.

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