Kindle vs Kobo – and a book blogger’s dilemma
Does it signal the end of the paperback? Is it the sign of things to come?
In my opinion, as an avid book reader, I have to admit that I have changed my mind about the e-reader of late.
Far from being a horrible gadget, I actually think it’s a fantastic addition to the bookworm’s armoury…
Allow me to explain….
A few weeks ago, the PR guys at WH Smith asked if I would be interested in trying their Kobo e-reader.
“I know you say you’re not into e-books, but we’d love you to try it out…” they said.
So, apprehensively I said “OK, sure, why not?”.
A few days later I received the Kobo, complete with leather case and I tweeted WHSmith saying thanks, embarking upon a week of reading some e-books. In 50 hours I finished six and shared a few “reading awards” on Facebook.
However, my love for the Kobo was undone when the guys at Amazon picked up that I was loving my Kobo.
They sent me a message asking if I’d like to try out the new Kindle Fire.
“We see you’re enjoying the Kobo, but the Kindle Fire is so much better – would you like to try it out?”
Now, not one to turn down a freebie, I thought I’d check it out – just to compare, like…!
It’s the equivalent of putting Mike Tyson up against a fat Ricky Hatton. The Kindle Fire is an e-reader which I can’t believe I’ve been so anti. I have consigned my Kobo to the dustbin (Sorry!)
I know, I know. You’re probably shouting at your screen right now – “You said you like physical books too much! You’re a sell-out, Book Boy!”
Yes, yes, I know, but let me convince you?
I love the Kindle Fire because:
1) You can download free books from Amazon from unknown authors (You can’t do this on Kobo). I am a big champion of helping out unpublished authors without a publishing house, as my reviews show. Being able to read their books on my Fire removes me having to read PDFs on my laptop. For this reason alone, being able to download .epub files straight to my e-reader will help out my website no end. Sorry – but you can’t do that on the Kobo. I am a fan of the amateur author.
2) You can “lend” books for free if you are an Amazon “premium” member (£50 a year – unlimited lends – is a bargain) Think of it as an electronic library!
3) You can subscribe to blogs for free from the newsstand (You can’t do this on Kobo) And you can subscribe to popular blogs for 50p a month!
4) Books are much cheaper to download on the Kindle – 70p for a Mike Gayle book vs £1.99 on one comparison (The To-Do-List)
5) The Kindle Fire is like a tablet – you can check your email, log into Facebook, Twitter and even watch BBC iPlayer
6) You can upload mp3s and podcasts to the Kindle Fire (I can go running in the gym without having to take an mp3 player – all in one!)
7) You can play full-colour games – e.g Angry Birds
8) You can watch movies
9) The web browser is very quick, efficient and easy to use
10) Unlike the Kobo I was sent, the Fire is full colour, full screen which (when you tilt), tilts to meet your needs…
The only downside of the Kindle Fire vs the Kobo is that you can’t sort books into shelves. Plus I love the Kobo’s awards for reading…
Anyway, enough gushing about them. If you want an e-reader – then I have to say that you should go for the Kindle Fire. At £130 I think it’s amazing
(But I still like paperbacks and I will never, ever give them up….!)
What do you think? Am I a sell-out?
Do you have an opinion of Kobo or Kindle?
Leave me a comment!!!