Archaic monster that I am, I prefer paper books, and I’ll spare you the whys. I also have an e-reader. It is a small and entirely outdated Kobo Mini. Here it is:
It’s got a small screen, has no light, it’s slow, has only 2GB of memory, an e-ink screen two generations behind the times, and it’s not a Kindle. It’s perfect. Again, I’ll spare you the whys, except to say that it serves my basic needs and addresses a few dislikes I have for the Kindle. And it fits in my back pocket in a pinch.
Speaking of which, this is the logo for Pocket:
Pocket showed up after I picked up my Kobo and updated it for the first time in a year.
Normally, I don’t like things I didn’t ask for being pushed on my personal devices, as they nearly always benefit the corporate bottom line more than they do me. But this thing’s a gem.
Pocket syncs articles to my Kobo so I can read them offline. Crucially, it doesn’t do anything else.
This is simple and wonderful. I hate reading long articles on my phone or PC, and browsing the Internet on an e-reader stinks. I usually have twenty tabs eternally open on my PC’s browser, articles I generally struggle to finish reading.
Now, I just click a thing and next time I turn on my Kobo, there it is. Stripped of ads and other nonsense, to boot. Man, that’s useful. I know what’s going with me on those Sundays at the coffee shop.
Pocket works on other devices, as well as just a plain old web browser. And I’m sure Amazon packs something similar on their e-ink Kindles, why wouldn’t they? (Hint: because it won’t funnel you into their storefront, and doesn’t produce profitable enough user-tracking data for them to implement it.)