Does Using a Kindle Really Save You Money?

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times.  I just love the feel of a real book in my hands, I could never use an e-reader.  As a die-hard reader myself, I used to feel the same way until I discovered the benefits of owning a Kindle.  My husband and I love Kindles so much that we ended up surprising each other by pre-ordering the new Kindle Paperwhite for each other without the other one knowing!

How do I love using a Kindle?  Let me count the ways.  The new Kindle Paperwhite has patented built-in light that evenly illuminates the screen and I can adjust the light based on the lighting conditions in the room.  This is not a computer screen light, instead it is made up of tiny light bulbs built on the top of the screen.  I prefer Kindles to other reading devices because the screen on a Kindle is like an Etch A Sketch so it is very easy on your eyes when you read for very long periods of time like I do.

But is it worth dropping the cash on a Kindle?  If you read more than one book a month, I would argue that the Kindle will pay for itself and is worth the cash.  Let’s look at the numbers.  The least expensive Kindle Paperwhite is 119.00 and the 6 ” Kindle without the back lighting is even cheaper at $69.  If you can find and read five books for free on Amazon instead of paying $10-15 a pop at a bookstore, then you’ve saved enough money on new books to pay for your Kindle.  I write a monthly column featuring 3-4 good quality free Kindle e-books and the Kindle store has a page devoted to books priced at $3.99 or less, so the choices for discounted or free Kindle books are abundant.

Even when I occasionally buy a Kindle e-book that isn’t free, I almost always save money.  Take the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  The Kindle price is $4.49, the Amazon paperback price is $8.05 and the book store price is $14.99.  The Kindle versions of books are typically at least $5 cheaper than the paperback copies.   Still cheaper is the fact that you can loan books to one another on your Kindle.  Did your mom just tell you about a great book she bought on her Kindle?  She can loan you that book absolutely free!

An even cheaper way to use Kindle exists.  Many people don’t know this but you can read Kindle books without having a Kindle.  You can download the Amazon Kindle software/app to your laptop, smart phone or tablet for free, purchase free books with an Amazon account and download and read the books on your device totally free!

If you are considering taking the leap to buy a Kindle, I say do it.  My husband and I are both readers and have saved hundreds of dollars reading free books on Kindle.  We also save money on the occasional book purchase by purchasing Kindle e-books.  If you have any questions, just let me know – I’d love to answer them in the comments!

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