Guest Post: I’m Undecided By My Kindle, Here’s Why.

I’m featuring some guest bloggers this month, and Kelly @ This Northern Gal is one of them! I’m super excited about her post, because it’s about her Kindle! I can really relate to her post, and I’m sure many of you will as well. As both physical book and an ebook reader, I often struggle between what to pick up next. Do I go for the bookshelf? Or get my iPad? I’m not alone in this and if you can relate, neither are you! Anyway, enough of my babbling, here’s Kelly’s guest post.


“Why on earth do you have a Kindle?” my friend asks me, incredulous, “You constantly have a book with you!”

It’s true, I do. I usually have at least one book in my handbag and, if I don’t, I am likely to tell anyone that will listen that I should have brought a book.

I’m a big fan of books, if you couldn’t tell.

The only thing I don’t like about them is that they’re often really big and really heavy. I don’t want to talk about the number of bags I’ve snapped from carrying too many books, or the number of bad backs that I have suffered through at the hands of my hobby. A little while ago I heard whispers of this strange newfangled thing that would revolutionise my reading life and save me from having so many physical books. I was skeptical. Even when the rave reviews came in, I wasn’t convinced.

Then there was an Amazon super sale and I decided to risk it. Not long after that, I was the owner of a Kindle.

I was excited when it arrived and really enjoyed getting to terms with it. I read along happily but the revolutionary moment didn’t arrive. I still found myself reaching for my ‘real’ books alongside my Kindle.

A few years down the line, I’m still in a similar situation. I have a Kindle. I enjoy it when I’m using it but I don’t reach for it nearly as much as I thought I would. When I was doing some travelling recently, I relied on my Kindle to save space and I read an awful lot on it. I really got into the habit of using it. I thought ‘this is it. It’s clicked’ until the holiday drew to a close and I found myself craving a physical book. I just really missed the feel of a book in my hands and the action of turning pages. That might seem a little strange but it’s true!

And so I find myself in a strange middle ground.

In no way do I regret getting a Kindle. In fact, I like using it.

 I just don’t love it.

Since Kindles tend to be a topic that firmly divide readers, a bit like Marmite, I’m not really sure what to make of my reaction. I feel like I should have a more definite opinion but I don’t.

I don’t think I’ll ever make the move to doing most of my reading on Kindle. The occasional dalliance is all I can really commit to but I’m beginning to realise that that’s ok. I don’t have to be in one camp or the other when it comes to opinion. My Kindle and I have an uneasy relationship but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating it, especially when I’m travelling.

Just don’t tell my bookshelves, ok?


If you liked this post, you can find Kelly on her blog This Northern Gal, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  And for the social media addicts in you, there are even more links on her blog! Be sure to check out her blog, because it’s wonderful. Thanks so much to Kelly for writing this guest post!

Do you guys have a Kindle or other eReader? Or do you only read physical books. And if you read both, which one do you prefer?

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  • I also have a Kindle and feel the same way. I have a few weeks where I’ll read on it, then won’t pick it up for months. There’s just something about feeling an actual paper book in your hands as opposed to looking at a screen for so long!

    • Staring at a screen for so long is definitely my biggest turn off! I don’t actually have a Kindle, but I use the Kindle app on my iPad and after reading for too long, my eyes just get sore! It’s definitely the reason I prefer physical books over eBooks. ☺️

      • Brittany

        One of the pain points of kindles is that they don’t hurt your eyes. Computer, tablet, and phone screens flicker at a rate that is so fast the human eye can’t tell, but it does make your eyes sore after a while. The kindles (not the fire but the ones meant only for reading) use a different technology that is solid so it doesn’t hurt your eyes. Before you discount the kindles based on the app, you should test drive an actual Kindle. You can get old ones on craigslist or Facebook marketplace for like $30

        • Phones and tablets are definitely different from an actual Kindle, I know! I’m definitely not discounting the actual Kindle, I’m just talking about my own experiences, which in this case is reading on my iPad and phone. 😉

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who isn’t fully converted!

  • I agree. You don’t have to choose one or the other. I have a sony ereader (no kindles here) and while I do use it, it is mostly for e arcs. I am trying to work on buying ebooks for those series I want to finish but don’t love (because my shelves do not have indefinate space, if only).

    • Exactly! The only books I’m really reading on my iPad are eARCs and books I find on sale through Bookbub. I also have this “rule” that I don’t buy anything over €5 as a paperback is only like €2 more on Book Depository, hahah! 😉