“Thoughtful Ramblings” is a feature where we discuss bookish subjects. These posts are just our own thoughts about certain topics that may get us hot under the collar and we need a good rant or just things we want to share with fellow bloggers and readers.
Carolyn’s Kindle Pet Peeves
My love affair with books is still at an all time high. I still love buying them, collecting them and reading them. But last year the hubster and I bought an iPad. I was so excited, but it just didn’t do it for me. I love the other functions of an iPad but just not the ereader part. It’s too heavy and too big for my small hands. I also can’t read it outside due to the reflection on the glass.
So, then I was seduced by the Kindle 3G WiFi. I bought it, downloaded lots of ebooks and then it sat on my bedside table for months gathering dust while I continued to read my ‘real’ books! But one night, and I can’t honestly say why, I started reading my Kindle and didn’t stop. I’ve read three entire novels on it now and I have begun to love it. It doesn’t replace my books it just compliments them. I find that ebooks are cheaper and there’s also some fab deals to be had on Amazon with either free books or top name authors for 99p – how can I resist.
I really didn’t think I would ever be a digital reader and I didn’t think it would take off as much as it has, even supermarkets are starting to sell the Amazon Kindle, which in my mind just shows how big ereaders are becoming.
But on my journey with my Kindle I have begun to accumulate several pet peeves.
- Ebook formats not compatible with the Kindle – very annoying. Surely if I want to read a book I shouldn’t have to have three different e-readers to read it. One should be enough for me to read ANY ebook I want!
- Not being able to even download an Amazon Kindle ebook to my Amazon Kindle reader from the US Amazon. How ridiculous!
- Downloading a Kindle ebook only to find it doesn’t contain a cover! Yes, that’s right – NO COVER! I would never consider purchasing a physical print copy in a bookshop that had a blank white cover with boring text on the front for a title. When I buy a book it’s not just about the story. It’s also about the cover. It gives me a sense of what the book is about! So why should I stand for no cover when I purchase an ebook? Authors and publishers take note!
- When I buy a physical print copy I can take it off my shelf after years of it being on my bookshelf and read the synopsis, the summary, the small couple of paragraphs on the back cover that is meant to whet my appetite. Most of my Kindle ebooks don’t have this. In fact I have to connect to Amazon to get the blurb. Again, I say ridiculous!
- No page numbers! I know they are slowly changing this, especially with new ebooks coming out. You can click ‘menu’ and it comes up at the bottom which page you are on. But Kindle, why do I have to click ‘menu’? Why can’t it just be easy peasy lemon squeezy and just be there!?!
- Not being able to tranfer ebooks from one device to another. I have ebooks on my iPad that I want on my Kindle but I just can’t move them. If I had a paperback I could do what I want, take it where I want and lend it to anyone I want *grumps*
These are of course just my pet peeves, they are not life changing *although they would change my e-reading life* and maybe you don’t get so miffed as I do about these small little things. But they bug me. They bug me no end!
So, do you have any pet peeves with your e-reader? Are you another Kindle fan like me but who also has a few things to get off their chest?