From the beginning, I was always pretty against the whole kindle\/e-book phenomenon. I loved physical books too much \u2013 the way they smelt, the sound the pages made when you turned them, the feel of one in your hands and the fact that you could collect them and house them in a beautiful, personalised bookcase of your own.\r\n\r\nBut try carrying two Game of Thrones books in your handbag on the commute to work because you\u2019re worried you\u2019ll finish one on the train. Try climbing five flights of stairs in a dank hostel in Prague, dragging a suitcase of books behind you. What about when you move house (come on now, we\u2019re all clearing renting), and you have to put half your books in storage? You just know you\u2019re going to need to reference one of those. These are some of the book dilemmas that drove me to purchase the dreaded Kindle. I swallowed my pride and opinions (which I\u2019d adamantly voiced to the whole office) and journeyed to the nearest Big W. That night, I went nuts, buying Amazon e-books with \u2018one click\u2019 and realised\u2026 Ahhh no. This could be dangerous.\u00a0Over the next few months, I decided I\u2019d made the right decision. Here\u2019s why you should too.\r\n\r\nWhy you should get a kindle... Image Credit: Sean Kelly via Flickr Creative Commons.\r\n1.\u00a0All Your Books in the One Place\r\nIt\u2019s a personalised, portable library, with the ability to hold thousands of books at once. At any time, you can flick between books to cross-reference, revisit an old favourite or just because! Books seem to wander \u2013 your parents\u2019 house, your friend\u2019s bookshelf, your partner\u2019s bedside table\u2026 With a Kindle or e-reader, you can rest assured that you\u2019re not leaving anything important behind and you\u2019ll always have access to every book you own.\r\n2.\u00a0It\u2019s Cheaper\r\nIn most instances, you\u2019ll find that e-books cost between 0-$10\u2026 On some exceptional occasions they might be about $16, but it\u2019s quite rare. Compare this to the 25-$30 price range of paperbacks and hardcovers and you\u2019ll see why so many people are opting for the e-book option. The Kindle or e-reader varies in price depending on what model you go for, but there are some very affordable options for us penniless writers. I bought the most basic Kindle for $120, but it\u2019s saved me a fortune in books and has actually allowed me to read more, because I\u2019m not debating on whether or not to buy Robert Galbraith\u2019s novel for 35 bucks.\r\n3.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 It\u2019s Portable\r\nIf like me, you sign six-month leases and travel a fair bit, an e-reader is certainly for you. It\u2019s light, small and fits in every single one of my bags and means that I don\u2019t have to worry about boxing up and moving an entire library. It\u2019s also ensured that I keep reading even when I\u2019m on the road, because I\u2019m not weighing up whether or not I can lug around another 500-page novel.\r\n4.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 It\u2019s Got Features!\r\nYou can highlight, make notes, look up definitions and\u2026 categorise! It\u2019s got a build in dictionary, a separate folder where all your highlighted text is kept for reference and it syncs wirelessly to your Amazon account as long as you have a Wifi connection. See what I mean about dangerous? Each book opens up to the last page you were on, you can change the font size, go to certain page numbers and view the most popular passages that other readers have highlighted\u2026\r\n5.\u00a0More and More Books are Going Digital\r\nWhether it\u2019s a particular niche book or a debut novelist, chances are, their work is going to be available in digital form first. The greatest advantage I\u2019ve find though, is that niche titles, particularly writer\u2019s reference materials, are far more widely available and can be in your hands with the click of a button. So much so, that I\u2019ve stopped crawling along the bottom shelves of the four storey Dymocks in the city.\r\n6.\u00a0It Doesn\u2019t Mean You Can\u2019t Have Print as Well!\r\nI have a small bookcase in my apartment that is reserved for life-changing books. It houses the books that are like old friends and the books that I hope one day, my own novels will stand alongside with. I now keep the purchase of print books to one\u2019s that I\u2019ve already read and fallen in love with.\r\n\r\nIronically, Amazon have recently announced a \u2018Kindle Matchbook\u2019 scheme, which means that when you buy print book, you get offered the digital version at a discounted rate or free! Check out their press release here.\r\n\r\nI didn\u2019t realise how much I wasn\u2019t reading just because of something as simple as \u2018my bag will be too heavy\u2019 or \u2018what if I take it and then I want to read something else\u2019. As much as I love print books, they just didn\u2019t match my lifestyle anymore. As sad as that was to come to terms with, my Kindle has opened up so many new avenues of knowledge for me, as well as allowed me to make the most of the little time I have read, while still being practical. And I\u2019m sure it can offer you the same benefits.