You won’t find the answer in the first paragraph, I am afraid.
I bought a Kindle when I first made up my mind to become an author, almost four years ago. Since I live in Romania and I had to pay for shipping/customs, and at that time it was a big investment for me.
I made it because there’s no convenient way for me to buy books in English. If I order them from the Internet I end up paying more for the shipping. And then I have to go out to the post office each time to pick them up.
With the Kindle I grab all those classics that I wanted to read from the web for free. I save a lot of money in the long run.
And then I can also read Wikipedia articles on it. The computer screen is distracting and tiring. The Kindle screen is better for Wikipedia, but only if you read articles from start to finish. Skimming through them with a second generation Kindle is impractical.
There’s one more thing my Kindle helps me with: editing. When I edit I have to read the text in a different format, that is, in some other place than on my notebook screen. I have the screen in front of my eyes for too long, and by too much staring at it I become so used to it that I read the words too fast, and carelessly.
When I reread what I’ve written on my Kindle I discover misspellings and other small errors that have made it through several drafts on my computer.
I use a Kindle for editing because it’s more convenient and less wasteful than printing. I abuse the Add Note and Highlight features and then painstakingly correct every error.
Today I’ve decided to print the last draft of Oliver Colors’ biography. The time has come for me to see the words on paper. So I borrowed my cousin’s printer, which can print one A4 page every two minutes. I needed one whole evening to replace the ink and make it stop staining the pages, and another morning to get the printer working properly. Now I got around 100 pages left to print. It will take me all night.
The affair with the printer made me realize how indispensable my Kindle has become for me. Not a device, but an extension of my body.
I don’t get paid by anyone to promote e-book readers. My second generation Kindle has many faults.
I dislike the gray screen, dull interface, ugly web browser, rough fonts, slow performance when you want to add many notes or make many highlights in the same document.
I prefer reading a paperback in physical form than on the Kindle screen any day. I like to touch the book, to feel its weight, to smell its ink, to think about the trees that have been sacrificed for it.
I have to admit though that my writing life would be difficult without my e-book reader.
If you’re the kind of writer who types on a laptop and listens to digital audiobooks, like most of us are, then buying an e-book reader is a good idea.