- The battery life is great. I haven't actually gotten it to last an entire month, but I've never ran out of battery, and the Kindle charges super quick--no more than 20 minutes.
- I still really love the style and functionality of the Kindle. It's probably the only electronic device I've ever owned that still looks practically new six months later. The page turn buttons, the arrows, and the full keyboard are still really great. There are maybe one or two things I wish I could rearrange in the menu, but it's not a deal breaker for me, and not an inconvenience.
- I've had one software update since I got the Kindle, and it was very easy to install. Amazon provides detailed step by step instructions for a wireless download, and a download with a computer connection. My only issue with it is that it promised page numbers for the books, which I was really excited about. (The lack of page numbers being probably the only thing that bugged me about the Kindle.) However, when I downloaded the software change, I noticed that page numbers are only displayed in the Go To feature. I hope that the next step would be to display the numbers along the bottom of every page.
- As of today, I have 45 books, short stories, and ARCs on my Kindle! Most of them were very, very cheap. I am always so impressed at the deals I find on Amazon in books. I think a common misconception is that the only cheap (i.e. $2.99 or less) Kindle books are the self-published ones which aren't up to the standards of traditionally published books, but I have found so many books published by big six publishers that are $1.99 or less. I love it. It's also forced me to broaden my reading horizons, and now I read a lot more adult books than I used to.
- I also read faster on my Kindle--a very interesting observation, but very helpful at times. I first noticed this when I re-read Jane Eyre for a Women's Lit class I took. The first time I read it, it took me two weeks in between my classes and regular reading. When I read it on my Kindle--4 days. I was able to instantly look up the words I didn't know without hardly pausing at all in reading, and I was able to highlight and take notes as I went along.
- As for Notes and highlights, I really like the feature and it's really simple to use. The only thing I DO NOT like about it at all (and I am hoping Amazon will change this) is that every highlight and note you make is sent to a separate document called My Clippings (which is fine), but you can't divide the notes and clippings according to the book they come from, and the document quickly runs out of space, which requires you to delete your previous ones (by going back to them in the book) to make room for new ones. I would really like the notes and clippings to be put in the back of the book, like a separate "chapter", or in their own document according to book, which I then could put in a group. This way I could easily sort through them without every having to delete them (as most of them are for a class!) and I can continue to use that feature.
- For school, the Kindle has been really helpful. I'm an English major with Spanish and French minors, and not only do I read a lot, but I use a lot of reference books. The Kindle comes pre-loaded with three dictionaries--I use the Oxford English dictionary all the time, especially when reading older novels by authors with fabulous vocabularies, and I have my English to Spanish and English to French dictionaries on my Kindle as well. I love the quick look-up time (it takes seconds...actually, it only really takes one second). I also did put a lot of books for my lit classes this past Spring on it as well. My only complaint with that one goes back to the page number issue, and the fact that when it comes to looking for specific bits and passages, it's easier to flip through a book than a Kindle. However, if I can remember snatches of prose from the section I was looking for, I can search those words, which is NICE. So, it's really a trade-off. And I would be lying if I said that having a device with my school books and YA books didn't come in handy during particularly boring classes...
Let me know your thoughts about your Kindle or other e-reader! I want to hear them...especially if they're Kindle tips or tricks! I've learned the most from other Kindle owners.