I’ve been an infrequent Kindle user since the release of the Kindle Paperwhite in 2012. I could never get excited about spending my time away from work reading other screen, but the E Ink display — which simulated real ink on a page — caught my interest. Eight years later, I still have that device, and though the battery life isn’t what it once was, it still gets me through an afternoon at the park or a short flight.

Now you might be thinking, "Is this guy trying to sell me an 8-year-old Kindle?" No. Ol' Delilah (that's her nickname) isn’t for sale, but the newer versions of both the Kindle Paperwhite and the base model Kindle are on sale right now. The Kindle Paperwhite is going for $84.99 (35 percent off), while the Kindle is going for $59.99 (33 percent off). Both models come with three free months of Kindle Unlimited, too, so you'll have quite a few books baked into that price. That's a good deal.

Back to my story: I vastly prefer books to e-readers. I’m not sure if it’s the sensation of turning the pages, or the weight of real paper, or some physiological difference that I don’t otherwise know how to describe, but I still end up using my Kindle for about half my pleasure reading for one simple reason: Convenience.

As much as I love reading, it’s tough to find time to do it. There’s just so much on my plate: I’m drowning under the pressure of a full time job, a side hustle, maintaining healthy relationships, and the overwhelming social pressure to have opinions on at least two contemporary TV Shows (right now: “The Mandalorian was good” and “The Witcher has a silly voice.” It’s not much, but it gets me through dinner parties).

When I get my infrequent downtime, I often don’t have the energy to resist the siren-song of streaming TV shows, and remembering to bring my book on the train in the morning often feels like just other box to check off in my morning routine. If I'm running behind and onething gets skipped, it's that.

For all these reasons, a New Year’s Resolution to “read more books” is an uphill battle, but a Kindle removes most of these barriers. At 182 grams, it’s lighter than most books, and it comes with a built-in light, adjustable text size, stores hundreds of books at once and automatically remembers your place in each book you’re reading. You can read it one-handed while standing on the train, propped up on a table during your lunch break, or under your covers before you go to bed. Take it on a trip, and you don’t even need a carry-on bag, since it’ll fit in any large pocket, and you’ll probably be able to download a new book if you’re disappointed by the one you originally picked (though, reallly, it's your fault for pinning any hopes to post-2000 Stephen King).

Interestingly, the new Kindle Paperwhite is even waterproof, a feature that would’ve saved me some heartache in the summer of 2014 when I dropped my third copy of Good Omens in the bath.

So despite having intangible disadvantages to books, my Kindle still has a role in my life because it makes it easier to engage in an old hobby that I love and sometimes kinda miss.

It won’t replace your bookshelf... but were you hoping it would?

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Joshua Sargent is an editor for Hearst Newspapers. Email him at josh.sargent@hearst.com.