Our friends at Book Riot have been on fire in the last week or so, posting a ton of great stuff. One of my favourite posts of the week was this participation-required roundup called ‘What Are You Reading On?’
At the time I myself took the poll, 49% of respondents had listed an e-ink Kindle amongst their stable of devices, which surprised me. I was anticipating that more people than not would have abandoned their Kindles for the world of the tablet. So…why haven’t they? Why are e-ink devices still holding their share in the marketplace?
I think that for many serious readers (and Book Riot caters more to that market than to the casual one or two book a year crowd) there is still a desire to have a separate device for reading. e-Ink Kindles have some software features that have not made it into the app version yet (such as the Vocabulary Builder and WordWise features). Others in the comments also cited the more eye-friendly screens, the smaller form factor and the longer battery charge as factors. I also find that I like to keep my personal reading separate; my iPad is primarily my work machine, which I take to school in lieu of a laptop. I don’t want to put my personal books on that, so having a dedicated reading machine is useful to me. I suspect other survey respondents might be in that same boat!
So what am I myself reading on right now? Well, we are a gadget house and currently have two iPads and a Kindle. I will shortly be upgrading to an iPad Air, and could myself get by with just that (for work and entertainment) and a Kindle (for curling up on the couch to read). But there are times it is helpful for us to have a second iPad (train rides with the kid members of the family, times when I have to work late and the Beloved is at home and needs to use FaceTime). And the Mini is so cheap now to buy new that its resale value as a used device isn’t fabulous. We’ll keep it since we have one, but I don’t think we would buy another now that the full-size iPads are so compact and lightweight.
What are you reading on these days? Could you see yourself going all-tablet someday soon, or do you like having a separate device just for reading?