My stepson, Dalton, just turned eighteen and we gave him a choice: iPad (or another tablet computer), color Nook, or Kindle (WiFi or 3G).
He chose … drumroll … a WiFi Kindle without 3G.
I confess surprise at his decision. So I actually asked him.
JP: So. Dalton. Explain yourself. Why a Kindle?
D: I wanted an ebook reader.
JP: Why not a color Nook?
D: It seemed more like an iPad than a Kindle.
JP: Why not an iPad?
D: I don’t need an iPad. I have a smartphone and a good laptop. I just needed an ebook reader.
JP: So, again, why the Kindle? There are other ebook readers out there.
D: You and Mom have Kindles. I have friends who have them. Everybody I know who has a Kindle likes it. All I need is a Kindle. It just fits what I want better than a Nook.
JP: What are you going to do with it?
D: Read books.
JP: Your college textbooks?
D: Yeah, those especially because they’re so enormous they’re hard to handle. I like being able to just download them and have them on the Kindle. That’s not so bulky or heavy.
JP: You wanted the WiFi Kindle rather than the 3G. Why?
D: I’ll mostly use it at home or at school, or at places with WiFi. I don’t think I’ll ever even need to download a book when I’m not around WiFi.
So he got his Kindle. His first book? A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson. Good choice. It’s my all-time favorite popular-science book.
There you have it. Why an eighteen-year-old young man would choose a Kindle over all the flashier, more colorful options out there in the market right now.
What do you think? Is the guy a fool? Or did he make the best decision?