I am a big proponent of ebooks, and hence ereaders. It helps that I like gadgets 🙂 I started my journey into ebooks back in ’07 with a Palm Pilot Tungsten E. I could put txt files on it and read them at lunch time at work. Much more compact and fit into my bookbag much easier than a paperback or hardcover. Around the house I didn’t use it because it was more convenient to use a paper copy. It also helped that by ’07 the model had been discontinued and hence was wicked cheap on ebay.
At this time Amazon introduced their brand new Kindle ereader. For me, it was lust at first sight. Imagine, an ELECTRONIC GADGET that was dedicated to reading books! Life as I knew it had obviously reached its Ultimate Form and simply could not get any better. Sadly, the starting price was $400. I had just bought a condo, was courting Mrs Bookstooge [which involved flying cross country for one of us every 3 months] and the economy was just starting to dip and it was already affecting the land surveying business, so an unnecessary gadget was not in the cards. With the success of the kindle, every electronics company got in on the game.
In late ’08 I scraped some money together and bought a used Sony 505. It was as good as I was expecting. Suddenly having the ability to carry around a hundred books, if I so desired, changed how I viewed books. At the same time I started working Security part time and had a lot more time of sitting around, so having those books on one device instead of caring around 3 or 4 paper copies was very nice. I worked my way through the 505 and ended up trying a variety of other readers as well: the sony 350, sony t1, nook simple touch and eventually a kindle 4 non touch [the last kindle to have buttons, at the time]. I bought 2 of them on Black Friday in ’12 and have been happily reading along since then.
With how much I read though, the page turn buttons on one of the units had started to go. Sometimes it wouldn’t turn the page at all, sometimes it would turn 2 pages. The buttons were just wearing out. I figured I was all set though because I had the second unit, which I had gotten for Mrs B but she ended up gravitating towards the Tablet side of electronics, so it was pretty much unused. Then I made the mistake of using my brother’s Paperwhite for a weekend. Oh, the light, the weight; it made my K4 seem like a dinosaur. So I began scheming and saving up for a new kindle. But I am a button kind of guy. I can handle touch screens, but I don’t like them. And all the new kindles were touchscreen. Until the Oasis was announced. Suddenly, there was a lighted, premium ereader with buttons on the market. Then Amazon had one of their periodical buyback programs where you can trade in your old kindles for giftcards and put them towards a new kindle. I got rid of my old kindles, used the reward points from our credit card and voila, I was suddenly the owner of an Oasis with no money out of pocket!
I ordered it Monday, and because we’re Prime members, had it by Thursday. I plugged it in and didn’t touch it until Friday night. Friday night I registered it, downloaded all 27 collections and then transferred all 145 books from my old k4 to the Oasis. Once I got all the books in the correct collections, I was good to go. Spent the evening reading on it and have to say, I am pleased as punch. I thought my k4 was light [especially compared to the metal sony505] but the oasis feels like half the weight. I can comfortably hold it one handed and I have small hands. The light is easy to adjust and in all honesty, doesn’t even look like “a light” is shining on the page. The text just becomes visible. And the buttons. They work out perfectly for me. While the Oasis is a bit pricey at the get go, I’ve come to realize that reading is what I “do” and hence need to treat it as such. Which means a good reader.
I’ve included some pictures of my K4 next to the Oasis and then just the Oasis with my hand for comparison. Each picture should be linked so if you click it it comes up big.
Oasis on the Left, K4 on the Right (in their respective covers)
Same Screen Size. Amazing
Hand size for comparison
You can see, kind of, how it nestles into the palm of my hand. It is so light that it is not top heavy and there is no strain holding it.