We love a good, hearty hardbound book that’s got soul as much as the next guy. We really do. Musty pages and inscribed covers are a few of my favorite things. It’s just that you can’t always carry your first edition copy of Les Miserables (or guilty pleasure, Tim Ferris’ 4 Hour Body) on your person. eReading is not a book replacement—just an excellent solution to the never ending ‘but I can’t fit that in my pocket’ or ‘let’s not crowd the subway with my WSJ’ issues that are life.

The Kindle is the classic eReader. It’s been around since 2007 and while the Kobo’s and Nook’s and even Pandigital’s of the world tried to keep up, they’ve been left in the dust.

I can’t speak for earlier models of Amazon’s reading device…I heard the first generation left much more to be desired, but this time around they seem to have gotten it right. Anyone who was previously turned off by low battery lives and clumsy keypads can finally enjoy the ebook concept, albeit at a slightly steeper price tag then the copycats charge.

The graphite e-ink pearl technology model is damn sexy and is barely thicker than a moleskin. Intriguing, I know.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO, attributes the success of the Kindle as the bestselling product in the history of Amazon to it’s slim body, paper like e-ink and beach friendly screen.

The Kindle has the typical eReader features, no-glare screen, easy to click through pages, etc. My favorite function turned out to be the free wi-fi option, which I originally thought to be frivolous and ended up coming in hand for my extremely fickle mind. I switched from genre to genre in less time than it took to read a whole page, although it’s easy to get carried away if you don’t have the willpower to make a decision and just read.

A leather lighted case deals with any nighttime reading issues (no backlight available), but one major snafu for those accustomed to ‘regular’ book reading is page numbers in percentiles. The battery life was truly astonishing…I began to wonder if this device even needed juice the first charge was so long lived.

Only real issue? I had to turn off my Kindle for take-off and landing while old school style passengers opened their juicy paperbacks and dug in. Russell Brand’s Booky Wook had to wait 20 minutes at the beginning and end of each flight…

Bottom line, if you’re looking for a truly dedicated eReader the Kindle is your guy. It’s the King of the tech reading world. Amazon doesn’t mess around and they aren’t getting comfortable at the top–each new Kindle is better than the last. Nothing has beaten them yet and it seems no competitor will.

  • My sister just bought the same one for my Dad after I talked him into wanting one. Happy to read the good review.In my opinion, the coolest thing about it is when it syncs with your other devices. Also, you can read the first chapter of most books now. A nice way to sample a book before buying based on a recommendation. Speaking of recs, I highly recommend the “The Girl With The” series. Due to the internet (and probably laziness) I hadn’t read a book in around 15 years. Since I bought and loaded the Kindle app on the iPad, I went through those 3 books rather quickly. I like that they take very little space up so I can keep them there and read them again someday.Also, pretty cool shot. Like the wedding ring in the shot

  • Actually, the Kindle battery life is 3 days (and it actually lasts 3 days!!), so just charge it overnight

  • carmen webster buxton

    As the above commenter mentioned, the latest Kindle software update supports displaying page numbers from the print edition. However, it only displays when you press “Menu” and only IF the publisher has provided that info for that book. Also, the Kindle cover with the built-in light is expensive but it does solve the problem for reading in bed, etc. I love my Kindle, but I have to admit, the keypad sucks, especially now that they took away the number row.

  • Lydia

    ^awesome – I’ve got to go update my Kindle!

  • Mike

    Kindle’s latest software update now supports actual page numbers as well as percentile and amazons Location identifier.