Most of us have roughly the same New Year’s resolutions: lose weight, get in touch with friends more often, and of course, get reading those excellent novels that everyone talks about at dinner parties. Most people would acknowledge that for even the most dedicated bookworm, real life often gets in the way, so it can be difficult to get through even one book without various distractions making you give up long before the end.
However, if you’re determined that this year is the year you transform into a literary virtuoso, why not give yourself an extra incentive and invest in the proper tools to do it? Kindles are growing in popularity amongst those who don’t want to have to cart heavy books around, and who also want a few extra features that books simply can’t deliver. So with the January sales looming, now is the time to shop around and save yourself a little extra money.
There are a number of Kindle models available, which one you choose is largely dependent upon your own needs. The basic Kindle 1 is a simple e-reader, so is great for anyone looking for a basic model that’s easy to use and won’t break the bank. The Kindle 1 is able to connect to Wikipedia and the Amazon store, but any other web browsing isn’t possible; if you’re looking for something simple that won’t leave home too often, try this, but otherwise a more advanced model may be more suitable.
The Kindle 3G is definitely the most high-tech option, offering free Internet connectivity, the option of uploading your own songs and listening to music, and sending and receiving emails for free. This is great for anyone with a busy lifestyle, or for tech-lovers looking for plenty of extra features.
The Kindle 4 is the latest model, a slimmed-down, lightweight version of its predecessors. One of the most notable things about the new Kindle is that it doesn’t have a keyboard, instead relying on a virtual keyboard and navigator pad for web browsing and note-taking. It isn’t as advanced as the 3G, and is generally acknowledged to be slightly slower, but this model is great for anyone looking for a cheap, practical option for everyday life.
Whichever model you end up with this January, investing in a Kindle is a great way of getting back into reading on a regular basis, as well as indulging in a whole host of fun little features designed to make your life a whole lot easier. Even if you don’t quite make it through War & Peace in 2012, the Kindle’s added extras are a great way of staying on top of your other New Year’s resolutions: looking up exercise plans over the Internet, emailing friends and colleagues, and generally staying more organised. We can’t guarantee it’ll stop any willpower wobbles completely, but it’ll definitely help.