Scritch wrote:EMH wrote:Honestly, I'm not sure the basic Kindle is really worth it.
The only real downside is that the battery life isn't as good as a Kindle.
Saying the battery life isn't as good is a gross understatement.
The newest Kindle can last 1-2 months on a single charge. With the backlight on.
But the main reason a Kindle is "worth it" is how avid a reader you are. If you only read the occasional book for a short period of time, it's extraneous to something like a tablet. If you read constantly, e-ink is fantastic, even compared to a high quality tablet screen, which you are definitely not getting in a sub-$100 tablet.
Honestly, I don't see the importance of battery life. All I have to do is plug my tablet in overnight and the next morning it's good for another day.
As for "reading quality", I noticed very little difference between my kindle and my tablet. And I do read a lot. More than 99.9% of people.