I think, I am facing one of the *biggest* DILEMMAS on EARTH – KINDLE (vs) TABLET!
Though I have a pile of unread (physical) books, I find myself reading more eBooks these days! In India, I guess we have three good options for buying eBooks – Amazon.in, Google Play & Flipkart. Do let me know if there are any others.
It is difficult for me to read eBooks on my computer/browser (which is what I am doing these days), because I generally use books as a *diversion* activity – to GET AWAY from WORK. With physical books, it’s comfortable to lie down over 2/3 pillows, hold the book in hand and read it for sometime (say 30-45 minutes).
It’s difficult to do that with a laptop. I mean, *imagine* holding a laptop over our head while lying down, to read eBooks!! 😛 And besides, I want to go away from the computer monitor, while reading. I hope that will reduce my eye-strain, as I spend considerable amount of time in front of the monitor.
That’s the reason for the dilemma. If it was not for the eye-strain, I would have straight away bought a tablet. Tablet is a multi-purpose device and decent tablets from popular companies like Micromax are available from Rs. 4500!! (I hear many of their models are *SOLD OUT*). But a tablet screen is backlighted LCD, which is the same as what we find in our computers.
I like the concept of eInk readers (which is what Kindle display is) as it comes with reflective screen technology. That means, just like physical books, we are able to read the characters when external light falls on the monitor (and is reflected back to our eyes). We can’t read from it in total darkness, but we can always switch on the tube-light during nights.
There is not much point in escaping from the computer LCD display to the tablet LCD display, is there? But the problem with Kindle is, it pretty much supports ONLY Amazon store. I can’t buy eBooks from Google Play or Flipkart and read them using Kindle! It is difficult to read PDF documents using Kindle, not to forget the limited 2 GB memory.
I would love to buy an eReader, but I want more choices than just being restricted to the Amazon store. I know Sony and Kobo make eReaders, but I am not sure if they support Amazon store and are available (at a competitive price) in India.
For the practical reason of having NO other choice, I might go with Micromax tablet in the end. You know what? This 4500 rupee wonder supports everything you can imagine (movies, music, games, android apps and even 3G connection with a dongle, which I have)!!
Should I listen to my heart and buy the Kindle or should I listen to my brain and buy a Tablet?? Heart Vs Brain, Kindle Vs Tablet; H v B, K v T… Arrrgggggghhhhhhhh.
I am still CONFUSED. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PS: Anybody who suggests iPAD and its *expensive* clones WILL be BANNED from this discussion. Also, I would stick to buying physical books if the titles I want are available in India. Most of them are NOT. Besides, with Amazon/Google directly selling in Rupees, the eBooks are MUCH cheaper.