I think about things. I think about what I'd like in a new Kindle. I wouldn't like a touch screen. I wouldn't like the keyboard area removed; I like having it to hold onto. Basically, the only features I want are ones that make me as unconscious of the e-reader as possible.
For instance, I would like page turn buttons that don't curve back, but are flat or curve forward, to make them easy to catch with the thumb.
One of the best things about the form factor of an e-reader is that you can read with one hand. But from the Kindle design, I wonder if anyone else reads their Kindle one-handed. I'd LOVE to have a page-turn button at the center of the bottom area.
|A page-turn button right where my thumb is would be sweeeet.|
Instead, when I read a naked Kindle, I end up holding it like this:
|Anyone else hold a Kindle this way?|
It's a weird hand contortion and it kind of makes my hand cramp. The pinky has to curl underneath to keep the Kindle from twisting when the page-turn button is pressed.
I had one of those unlighted official Kindle covers that caused the thing to short out. It took a month for the paint to wear off the prongs. Once it did, the Kindle reset itself constantly. Anyway, because I had a month of using the Kindle before getting a $35 credit for a new case, I knew what I wanted: a more comfortable way to hold my Kindle.
So I bought a Marware case:
|Looks like a normal case|
|But it's got this sweet holding strap in the back.|
The elastic strap holds your fingers, so you don't have to hold your pinky in a weird position in order to keep the Kindle from rotating when the page-turn button is pressed. But I don't like the suede-ish innards. It grabs dirt. And the finger holder strap isn't near enough the edge for me.
I admit, I'm being picky. But unlike with a paper book, you end up holding the same item for hundreds or thousands of hours. So the little flaws become apparent. And I'm crazy.
So I ordered a cheapo zipper case off ebay. It cost $6, and that included shipping from Hong Kong! And yet, I love it.
You see, the zipper can be reversed, creating an adjustable holding slot. And the case seems to have been designed for the Kindle 2, because it's too big. You can see how there's extra space on the side and at the top. This is actually an advantage. The extra vertical space makes it easier to access the power switch. The extra horizontal space creates a gap that makes a comfortable place for my thumb to rest.
But then I thought of another method that I have yet to put to use. If you can palm a basketball, you can comfortably palm the kindle. Then you have the choice of pressing the page-turn button on either side, with your index finger or your thumb.
Some people call it knowing what you want
Other people call it being finicky
Some people call it just plain nuts
Other people call it O-C-D!
But I'm krazy! I'm krazy! I'm krazy for my Kindle!
If I were a hobo, I'd carry it in a bindle!
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