Why Did I Buy A Kindle 3 When I Already Had An iPad?

by Cliff Ravenscraft on September 18, 2010

in Blog

Pretty much everyone that knows me, knows that I am a total gadget geek! It doesn't seem too long ago that I was trying to explain to everyone why I couldn't wait to get my hands on the new iPad when they come out.

I had explained to everyone that the main purpose that I wanted to purchase the iPad was for it's e-book functionality and that anything else that it could do would simply be a bonus. Why is it that, after several months of being a VERY HAPPY iPad user, I found myself with a strong desire to purchase the new Amazon Kindle 3 E-Book Reader?

I have found myself drawn to the Kindle 3 device, over the past few weeks, each time that I found myself on the Amazon.com website. Those who listened to Business Tech Weekly Episode 48 got to actually witness the impulse purchase of this device as we were recording the show.

Later that same day, Stephanie and I were recording Family From The Heart Episode 127, where you can hear Stephanie's reaction to my purchase of the Kindle 3 without talking with her first about it.

So the big question is why did I purchase the Kindle 3 even though I already had my iPad? This video explains some of my justification for this decision:

So there you go. Now you know some of the reasons why I felt that this would be a good purchase for me. The next big question everyone has been asking me is “How do you like it?” Well, I was very concerned at first. The menu navigation of the Kindle 3 was very foreign to me. However, once I figured out how to do some of the most important, key functions that I wanted, I then began to see this device for what it is and IT IS AWESOME.

Here is a video I recorded showing you some of the things I had to figure out and get used to:

Now Consumer Reports did a wonderful video comparing the iPad to the Kindle. If you are in the market for an eBook Reader and have been trying to decide between an iPad and a Kindle 3, I'd encourage to you watch this video. (My final thoughts are posted after this video)

Now in the video above, they are featuring an older, more expensive Kindle model. I purchased my Kindle 3 reader for only $139 and the device can go nearly a month without the need to recharge.

My favorite line from the Consumer Reports video is where they one guy admits that the Kindle sucks for just about everything except reading books. I would have to agree with that statement. However, I would simply argue that the Kindle 3 is a device that is designed to do ONE THING and to do that ONE THING AWESOMELY.

I totally Love my Kindle 3 eBook Reader! After I figured out the navigation of the menu system, how to do highlights and add notes, how to use the “read to me feature,” and all that other stuff, I then was finally albe to use the device to actually read a book.

The iPad does an okay job with eBooks. However, it can't hold a candle to the crisp text and light weight of the Kindle 3. I'm so glad that I got it!

If you were to decide to purchase one for yourelf, please consider using THIS AFFILIATE LINK to make your purchase. I encourage your questions and feedback in the comments section below.

  • Nice review Cliff. Glad you are liking the device, I totally understand about the buying a bunch of Amazon books already and hate to not be able to use them on a new device unless you go through the whole process of removing the DRM. Let me know if you find the keyboard to be annoying after a while or not, that was the issue I had mainly with it. I hate to have something there that I would not use all the time taking up space and glaring at me all the time.

  • I’ll let you know. I’ve used it type some notes into the books. They keyboard is a bit clunky, but useful. Highlighting is a breeze though.

  • G Hilton

    I thought your review was very good. And especially pointing out the problems holding the ipad for reading a book. I have do not have an ipad so I did not know about this problem. I use my ipod to read my books in the dark and use the Kindle the rest of the time.
    I also have pdf files on it too. And just started using a free program that will convert other book formats to the Kindle. It is called Calibre. You can download it for free at http://calibre-ebook.com/
    It will even e-mail your book or doc to your Kindle for you. I have found some books that are in the public domain on Google books, and then downloaded it in e-pub format, then converted it in Calibre and sent it to my Kindle for free. With this program I feel that I can put books from all sources on my Kindle. Of course Amazon has most of any free or purchase books that I could ever want.

  • Thanks so much, I’m installing Calibre on my mac right now. :)

  • I’ve been using Calibre since my last Kindle. Great little program.

  • Sweet. I didn’t have a lot of time to play around with it. But I have it for when the need arises. ;)

  • Cyborg565a

    I talked about it with my husband for days before buying it. Sounds like you’re terminal in your geek disease! You have disposable income too which is awesome.

  • LOL – Yes, I am terminal in my geek disease. Though my love for tech has led to self-employment in a career that I love so much!

    I don’t know that I would call what I have as “disposable” income. I prefer to consider that I have been blessed with enough income to re-invest into the growth and profitability of my online business efforts.

    Imagine this, I paid $139.00 for my Kindle 3. I gave a very thorough and honest review of the Amazon Kindle 3 in this blog post. Google Analytics shows that this post gets about 300 to 400 hits each and every month. The first video in the post has been viewed more than 3,000 times.

    I’m very up front about the fact that the links in this post are “Affiliate LInks” and that I do earn a commission for each person who purchases a Kindle as the result of clicking on of these links.

    The commission I earn is between $5 and $8 per Kindle purchased. In the seven months that this post has been live, I’ve had more than 400 people click through my links above to purchase a kindle generating well over $2,000 income for my business.

    And this is a LOW COST ITEM compared to some of the other geeky stuff I purchase. You should see http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/uwp. I’ve not had anyone click to purchase this item “YET.” However, when they do, I’ll earn about $25 commission for each unit purchased. I have no doubt that this post will generate more than 28 sales which would cover the cost of this gear. In the off chance that it wouldn’t, the gear is worth every penny I spent on it and the investment that it was to improve the quality of my videos made it well worthwhile. :)

    Not everything I purchase turns out to be something that I would highly recommend. But when I do find something that I know would meet the needs of a lot of people, blog about it and it more than covers the “not so great” purchases that I make.

    So I’m not the “average” geek. In a very big way, I’ve made buying and reviewing geeky stuff like the a part of my career.

    WIth that said, I never promote a product that I don’t fully believe would benefit the community that I serve.

    Thanks for taking the time to read/view my post and leave your comment.

  • Appreciate the detailed review here. I’ve got an iPad and like it very much. Working on deciding over time about adding a Kindle. The iPad is great for helping me to stay connected and grow my business while I’m on the road. But…looking for something that is a bit easier to use/handle when reading books. Thanks for your help on this!

  • Brent, I’m going to copy and paste something that I shared in another comments section to another post on my blog.. So the following is completely pasted, word for word, from here: http://goo.gl/4v6ew

    ARichardson, Thank you so much for leaving your thoughts on the subject at hand. I have not read the book “Amusing Ourselves To Death,” but I have certainly heard many of arguments to the point that you mention that this book is making.

    I would imagine that there would be a great deal of things in that book that I would strongly agree with and many things that I would disagree with.

    You wrote… “…the book proposed that the kids do not really enjoy the subject they are learning, but instead they enjoy the device they are using. I think the same can be said for the ipad. If I ‘coax’ my kids into learning math via the ipad, have I taught them to learn math, or taught them to use the ipad.”

    Here’s the deal. All my life, I’ve never enjoyed reading. NEVER! From 1st to 7th grade, my average grade was “C” with many F’s and D’s along the way and the occasional B and perhaps and very rare A here or there.

    From 8th grade through 12th grade, I maintained an A/B Honor role. However, not because I read very much! In fact, if it were not for Cliff’s Notes, I don’t know if I ever would have been able to get my English/Literature credits in school.

    Funny thing is that I LOVED TO WRITE but I hated to read!

    I spent about 3.5 years in college and maintained a 4.0 GPA all the way through. I dropped out after 3.5 years because I simply didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. In my 3.5 years of college, I probably read a total of 15 books. Nothing more than required to get the A that I desired.

    When I became a Christian, I desired to learn as much as I could about my faith. I started to read books at that time in my study for ministry. In fact, I took 18 months of Distance Learning through Nazarene Bible College and read more books in that 18 months than I had read in the previous 20+ years of my life. But I still hated reading!!! I loved what I was learning, but I hated the “task” of reading.

    When studying for the ministry, I read the Bible, I loved what I was learning. I highlighted, I wrote notes in the margine, I tabbed, I memorized, etc, etc etc. But I still “hated the task” of reading.

    When I started working for myself. I started reading books about personal and business development. Sure, I loved the principles and values that I learned from those books, but I still hated every minute of reading them!

    I purchased an iPad thinking that the technology of e-books would change my reading habits. I got the iPad and I started out reading e-books, but found myself enjoying that device for so many other things but I did not enjoy reading books on it.

    Then I purchased a Kindle 3 device. THIS PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED MY LIFE!!!! First, off, check out this video blog post: http://gspn.tv/kindle3review.

    I have only owned my Kindle 3 for about 8 months. Since then I’ve read more than 15 books on this device. One of those books has had a DRAMATIC IMPACT ON MY LIFE IN A VERY POSITIVE WAY. That book was the Autobiography of George Muller.

    I went ahead and purchased the New Living Translation of the Bible on my Kindle and I read the entire New Testament in three months. I started the book of Psalms at the beginning of this month and I’ll finish the entire book of Psalms tomorrow morning.

    I’m currently in the middle of reading three different books at the same time on my Kindle and I have more than 20 books in queue for me to read next.

    And get this. I LOVE READING! For the first time in my life, I LOVE TO READ!!!! I looking for minutes of downtime in my day to pick up my Kindle and read a chapter of a book here and there. Sometimes, when there is not enough downtime in my day, I schedule time to read to read.

    I share all this to say that you can send me a stack of books made out of paper and they simply do nothing for me. But put that book on my kindle and if the topic is something I want to learn about or I want to consume for enjoyment, then I will consume that book and enjoy the reading process while I’m doing it.

    Why is this? I have my guesses. Am I dependent on the Kindle 3 device? I don’t know. But I can tell you about the life of George Muller. I can tell you a multitude of things that I picked up reading the New Testament and Psalms this time around that I didn’t quite pick up on the first few times I read these books. I can tell you about a new movement of Christianity that gives me great hope for Christianity in today’s American Culture because of Gabe Lyon’s book “The Next Christians” and I can share a ton of other things that I have learned from multiple other books.

    Yes, I “enjoy the device I’m using.” But more than the device, I enjoy that I enjoy reading. I enjoy that learning through the written works of others is a part of my daily life now. I love what the Kindle 3 has done for my desire to consume books.

    I hope this doesn’t come off as sounding “argumentative.” It’s not intended to be so. I am simply passionate about how a piece of technology has improved my life in a dramatic way.

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