Nate has a question at The Digital Reader:
When it comes to mobile devices, some tend to get replaced faster than others. People hang on to laptops for as many as six to eight years, while smartphones tend to get replaced every other year (if not more often).
If we made a spectrum to track device lifespans, ereaders would be listed at the far end with laptops.
eReaders don’t change that much from year to year, so as a result people tend to hold on to them. For example, some brands such as Amazon and Kobo have used the same CPUs for years and years (it wasn’t until the Oasis that Amazon finally upgraded to a dual-core CPU). And even when the screen resolution improved, it was sometimes hard to see the difference and thus hard to justify replacing a device that worked just fine.
So tell me, how long do you hold on to your e-reading device?
Link to the rest at The Digital Reader
PG likes technology that can do many things well.
PG loves, loves, loves technology that does something important perfectly.
His Kindle Paperwhite presents books for reading perfectly.
It’s small, light and completely operable with the right thumb.
The screen is perfectly legible when the lights are on or they’re off.
Its battery life approaches infinity.
It’s better than a paper book because it’s lightweight, it’s simpler to tap the screen with your thumb than to turn a page, you don’t lose your place if you drop it, it’s thinner than any printed book PG is interested in reading and you can take as many books as you like on vacation while still using only a single suitcase.
If you finish a book by a newly-discovered author you really like at 7:00 pm, you can immediately start reading the sequel without going anywhere.
PG bought a plain-vanilla Kindle before the Paperwhite was released and used it with some regularity, but the crisper screen of the Paperwhite together with the ability to use it in dim light or no light made all the difference.