New York Subway Riders Getting Lost in a Good Book

With the almost near domination of electronics in our reading habits, it’s good to see that people still enjoy the company of a good old paper and ink. I’m one of those who enjoy a good read, but sadly I made the shift to electronic reading with my e-ink Kindle device.

There is something about paper books that will always live. Here’s a set of pictures of people reading on the subway

pictures via mymodernmet.com

Amazon Kindle – the mighty [review]

update – the new touch screen kindle

update – the year old device is now refreshed by Amazon, to some ugly keyboard-less midget devices. We still love the graceful 3rd generation Kindles, hence we review them based on personal experience. – 30.09.2011

If you’re an avid reader who enjoys kicking back on his fluffy comfy couch while firmly clinching to his fat paper book and enjoying a cup of tea – then you’ll enjoy the Kindle.

When it comes to reading on devices, I’ve done it all. The laptop, the iPad, the iPod even a gigantic plasma TV screen. The paper book always kicked ass. The paper book wins for one reason, no eye-strain. You don’t feel, after half an hour, that your eyes are about to bleed electrons. The same experience can easily be enjoyed on a Kindle.

Here’s why we simply liked reading on the Amazon Kindle and switched from paper to e-ink in a jiffy when we tested it

No back light biatch – the modern marvel of e-ink

No back-light whatsoever. No eye-strain, which means reading for hours under Edison’s bulb or God’s mighty sun is natural with no glare. Yes at night you’ll have to switch a little light to read your erotica, I mean thriller novel, but that is even better. Scientists discovered that exposing your fat face to a bright screen before sleeping can significantly disturb your sleeping pattern. So to sleep like a little cow on your bed, counting burning hopping sheep, you should stay away from anything with pixels.

One question people keep asking me while examining this device like a piece of alien-technology fallen from Saturn, is it a touch-screen? If it was a touch screen I would’ve flung it out of a window. It’s designed to make reading as easy as a gentle push of a button. Two buttons on both sides are placed strategically to be under the command of your fat thumbs at anytime, regardless of which hand you use to read.

A butt-load of books under your command

I’m one of those who like to have options while reading. If I get bored of one particular book, I immediately switch to another. Sometimes I read three books in the same time [ every book is from a different genre for sure]. In a tiny device like the Kindle, you can crowd your entire library and still have space for more. The tiny 4 GB storage room is more than enough to host around 3500 books. That’s a gigantic butt-load.

Works in the UAE – but the store doesn’t work

One of the concerns I had before purchasing my Kindle was how the hell can I feed books to this thing. I heard about Amazon’s closed ecosystem [ kinda like Apple]. But I got the device anyway and decided to try my luck. The books format that works on the device is called .MOBI. The internet is filled with books in that format. Hell if you can’t find the book you like, just use a converter to convert PDF or iPad books to Kindle books [takes three seconds]. Or just get an American account to purchase books from Amazon, that worked on iTunes and also works for Amazon [stupid Americans].

Despite being a lovely device, you still can’t directly purchase books from Amazon bookstore through the device’s experimental browser [ since there is not virtual UAE Amazon store yet – which is stupid]. Nonetheless, you can get your books elsewhere, or use a fake American account,  and plug a micro-USB cable into your Kindle [ BlackBerry USB wires work nicely], and with a trouble-free drag-drop move you’ll be ready to go.

Battery life – virtually endless

not really, but two months of reading with one charge is brilliant. You don’t have to fret about recharging your device while reading about the protagonist who is about to save the princess and French-kiss her in 10-pages-long paragraph. And to recharge your device you don’t have to plug it to an eerie looking cable and charge it through a wall socket like you live in the 90’s, just plug it to any standard micro-USB wire like I mentioned above and you’re good to go.

Devoted device for reading

with angry birds on your iPad, kiss reading goodbye. I was one of those who foolishly decided to read on their iPad using that gorgeous touch screen, swipe virtual pages with my food-stained filthy fat fingers. But out of 600 books on the device, I finished nothing. There are simply too many distraction on tablets, and while the internet is a push-of-button away, its virtually impossible to read.

On the Kindle, you have nothing else to do but read. No flying psycho birds, no green pigs, no facebook or twitter. Just you and your books. Yes, the device’s experimental browser has access to all social networks, but who will really spend any time using that snail-slow e-ink black-and-white browser.

Can’t read a book while driving – listen to it

the Kindle comes with an experimental text-to-voice reader. Yes, sometimes the dude who is reading your book sounds like a retarded cow on cocaine, but he reads well. For a quick listen while driving to your office, its great. I’m not a big admirer of audio-books but sometimes I’ll be reading a thriller, and I want to know if the killer’s sister is actually his mother [an Indian film thriller], that’s when I plug the Kindle to my car via an AUX cable and listen to the retarded cow.

Wrap it up son

It’s a great device, and no it won’t kill the paper book [for now], but it surely a great replacement to paper. It’s the future of reading for those who are not looking to be blinded by all the radiating screens around them. Long lasting battery, crisp e-ink display, light weight, gracefully placed buttons, and a butt-load of book-storage, and over all, a devoted device for reading– what’s not to love.

If you have any elaborate ideas or questions or you used the device yourself, let us know [ or don’t, it will save us the effort of replying to your fat ass].