I can’t believe that it was just last Christmas that I received my first ever Kindle. I was a staunchly physical book person for years, and in 2016 had only just started branching out into E-Books via Overdrive on my phone (or occasionally my iPad). I was frustrated by how hard it sometimes was to read e-galleys if you didn’t have a Kindle, so I finally caved and asked for one for Christmas, and my dad gifted me the Kindle Paperwhite in White (the no-ad version). It’s safe to say that adding a Kindle to my bookish life was a HUGE success, and has not only increased the amount of reading of library books and ARCs I’ve done, but has also led to reading an increased number of books. I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at how often I’ve used my Kindle, and what percentage of my overall books read have been on it.
About a third of the books I read in 2017 were E-Books, which is pretty surprising! Of those E-Books, a majority of them were borrowed from Overdrive via my local library, with a very small amount purchased (just the ACOTAR trilogy) and about a third being e-galleys from NetGalley or publishers. I then decided to analyze how many of those E-Books I was actually reading on my Kindle. Most of the E-Books I read are read primarily on my Kindle but also occasionally on my phone via the Kindle app, as I rely on E-Books heavily while doing cardio workouts. So I’ll generally read for a few hours at home on my Kindle, switch to my phone while I work out, and then pick up where I left off on my Kindle again. However, there are some that I read completely (or almost completely) on my phone as I saved them just for working out. The books that I read solely on my Kindle or on my Kindle + another device were categorized under the Kindle section in the chart. Finally, I read a few e-galleys on my i-Pad when downloading for Kindle wasn’t an option. Generally though, I much prefer the experience of reading on my Kindle due to the soft screen and long battery life.
Having a Kindle has allowed me to become a much more active ARC reviewer, as well as a much more frequent user of my library- I didn’t borrow ANY physical books this year and only relied on what I could find via Overdrive, which was actually great because I was able to test out a LOT of 2016 and 2017 releases I was on the fence about and see if I wanted to read them and eventually add them to my collection. I also find that I read a lot faster on my Kindle than I do physical books, which seems to be the consensus from most readers although I have no idea why (I would guess maybe our brains are so immersed in technology now that they can read text on a screen faster? I also think seeing the percentage of the book I’m at and the “time left in book” feature really motivates me to read/read faster!)
I think I’ll leverage my Kindle even more now that I’m using NetGalley more and hoping to try books through Overdrive before I purchase them if they’re not from an auto-buy author. We also received an Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas, so I’m intrigued to try out the feature where it can read your Kindle books to you!
Do you have a Kindle, or another type of e-reader? Has it changed the way you read or the amount you read? Do you track how much you read using certain devices, especially when they’re new to you? Let me know in the comments!