Thursday, 22 September 2011

I Got A Kindle For My Birthday!

I received a Kindle for my birthday yesterday. I love it! Much more than I thought I would. So far the biggest advantage over a book is that you can lie it flat, so that you can read while eating, typing at the computer or peeling the veg! I also like the fact that some books are a lot cheaper to buy and all your fiction is in one place. Like Rosemary, it's great to read a Kindle in bed (I recommend getting a case with a light fitted). So good on holiday, when you may not take the 'real' books you're in the mood for. With the Kindle you can browse and buy while you're away. Of course, the Kindle takes up much less space in a bag or suitcase than several books would. I also like the fact you can transfer your own work-in-progress on to it. 

I will continue to read and buy 'real' books, because I love the way they look, smell and feel. I have hundreds of books on my shelves, many unread, and I'm not going to abandon them.

And the first thing I downloaded on to my Kindle? A novel by Penny Feeny, who is a regular contributor to The Yellow Room and who also wrote many stories for QWF. It's a good read so far!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this wonderful little gadget!


Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Yes - I love my kindle too! I think the big advantage is putting a few books on it and then being able to choose on a whim what you read - especially when travelling! I did a post entitled 'Taking 3500 books on a plane!'

Helen said...

After insisting I wouldn't get one for so long, I'm rapidly coming round to the idea of a kindle. I like the thought of being able to download books and start reading them straight away.

I don't think they'll ever take the place of 'real' books for me, but I am beginning to see the advantages of getting one. Mmmm - is it too early to start dropping hints for Christmas?

JO said...

My kids clubbed together to buy me one - and I love it when I'm travelling - I did a road trip in America earlier this year, and read The Grapes of Wrath, so it was wonderful to have that on my kindle rather than carry a heavy book.

But - for reading at home, curled up by the fire or in bed, I'd rather have a real book. And anything that I use for reference (like a guidebook for travelling) I find easier in paper form.

So there's room for both. Hurrah!

Oldrightie said...

Hi, Sweetheart, many happy returns. I guess you've given me Mrs OR's Christmas present idea!

Lindsay said...

Happy birthday yesterday! I'm open to the concept of Kindle but as yet have resisted. As a reader wherever I go, one stuffed in my rucksack for holidays (yes rucksack!)rather than 3 fat books is a brilliant idea. But books will always line my shelves.

Sally Zigmond said...

I'm definitely going to treat myself to one. I have some money coming soon and will do it then. I can't wait. But like you, Jo, it will be a long time before I can live without my 'real' books. They each have their own history and personality.