When I was a kid, I used to get migraines all the time. It wasn’t as bad as it is now but, then again, I didn’t get my first laptop until junior year of high school and my first smartphone in college. Now, being heavily involved online in the book community as well as using eReaders a lot, the migraines just keep on coming and sometimes I have to take several days disconnected from technology to get them to go away.
Which is a problem because I review a lot of eARCs. How about y’all?
Do you read a lot of eBooks (ARCs or otherwise)?
I LOVE eBooks. I can fit my Kindle in my purse and take hundreds of books with me wherever I go. If I’m not into what I’m reading, I can easily switch to something new.
But those eReaders still gave me migraines. I started with a first generation Nook, switched to a Kindle Fire, bought a Nook HD for all those ePUB books that my Kindle didn’t like, and had problems with it all. (Okay, not so much the first gen Nook but I gave that to my grandmother to use once I switched to the Kindle Fire so it really wasn’t an option.)
I researched the best eReader for people susceptible to migraines and a lot of fingers pointed to the Kindle Paperwhite.
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Earlier this year, I decided to give the Kindle Paperwhite a try. I was definitely skeptical. How can one eReader be that effective at decreasing the chances of a migraine or headache? You’re still staring at a screen, right?
Plus they’re not cheap. Grad student budget here. I don’t really have the money to throw around on yet another eReader and have it not work out like the last ones.
I waited around and it turns out they were having a deal on Kindles (among other things) for the Amazon Prime Day sales. I have no idea when these happen each year, if they happen multiple times or just once annually, but I was taking FULL advantage. I bought the Paperwhite. I waited. And when it arrived, I gave it a go.
For a month, I read on my new Kindle in bright light and no light. Out under the glaring sun, in dimly lit restaurants, and everything in between.
Granted, I wouldn’t read anything if I had one brewing before I started reading because that would be silly but this was great! I could read late into the night without keeping the animals up (and making them restless) and not burning my eyes. And the Paperwhite is SO MUCH SIMPLER compared to my other eReaders, it’s lovely.
Before I continue, I just want to clarify again that I did not receive any products for review for this post. I’m just a reader who’s very happy with their purchase and wanted to share with y’all in case any of you have the same problem.
Also all these disclaimers are to comply with FTC guidelines, y’all. I don’t want to trick you here with anything I share. This is not a paid promotion for the Kindle Paperwhite.
So what’s so great about the Kindle Paperwhite?
I honestly thought I wasn’t going to like the device, that it would be like my other ones and would ultimately be a waste of money (I mean I had SOME hope or I wouldn’t have bought it but there was a lot of doubt too). But I ended up liking it more than any eReader I had before!
Long battery life.
I think I charge my Kindle once a week? Maybe? Probably closer to every 2-3 weeks if I’m being honest. Depends on how much I’m reading on it and at what time of day (since that determines the strength of the backlight)
Did I mention it has a backlight?!
So the Paperwhite has an e-ink screen and I couldn’t tell you the actual tech talk behind that but basically it looks like you’re reading a normal piece of paper. Well paper doesn’t glow. You can’t read a regular book in the dark. . . but you can on this. I’m a big night reader and having all the lights on keeps my dogs up which doesn’t bode well for me when I try to go to sleep. This way I don’t disturb them and I can keep reading.
I am TERRIBLE about getting on my phone while reading, checking social media and all that. I could do it straight from my Kindle Fire too which was REALLY bad because I’d flip between my apps and my book. Can’t do that on this device. It’s just about the books. That’s it.
No-glare touch screen.
You can read outside!! No need to find the perfect angle to sit at and hold your eReader so you can see it on a sunny day. Or if you’re reading in a building with obnoxious fluorescent lights, you’re still good to go!
And for anyone who has used something like the first gen Nook, you’ll find that this device is a full touch screen instead of requiring the use of a smaller screen or buttons.
Almost pocket size
Not QUITE that small but the Paperwhite is pretty tiny. Don’t worry, you can adjust the font size if you were concerned about not being able to read the text. But its size means it fits in most bags, purses, etc.
I’m a no-frills kind of person. I have the smallest purse I could find cheap to hold the essentials (you know, wallet, maybe some chapstick, a set of headphones). The Paperwhite is about the size of a mass market book. It fits right in and is super slim/lightweight.
Reviewing eARCs? Send them to your device!
If you review eARCs (or like requesting eBooks from your library), it’s really easy to send them to your Kindle without any extra hassle of connecting a device, moving stuff around, disconnecting it, and so on. I know both NetGalley and Edelweiss have it set up in their systems to add your device using your Kindle email (which you can customize) to make things easier.
That’s the big one. I have never gotten a migraine, or even a headache, from using my Paperwhite. Like ever. It’s been months and NOTHING. I’ve gotten them from staring at my computer screen too long, or just because they decide to pop up and “surprise” me, but never from reading on my Kindle.
Buying the Kindle Paperwhite was the best decision I made for my personal health and reading habits. It may not be for everyone and there’s a lot to consider when deciding on an eReader. I just wanted to share my experience and success with this particular Kindle. What people are saying, at least in regards to the decrease in headaches/migraines, is true 🙂
(And not gonna lie, I love the cover I found for it too. Because, you know, that’s TOTALLY important when buying electronics. . . lol)