My new favourite gadget

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Not long ago, I asked for some advice regarding getting an Amazon Kindle.

Not long after I posted that, I took the plunge and bought one. Now? Now it’s one of my best purchases of the year and it’s got me reading again.

Reading was reserved as a holiday thing for me. I drive to work, so reading during my commute isn’t all that advisable. The only real time I had to read was on holiday. Well, so I thought.

In reality that was a lie. An excuse. I’ve got plenty of little bits of time to sit and read. Having a Kindle has probably made it easier for me to just read a little bit here and there, whenever. Sure, you can do that with books. But can you really hold a fat book with one hand and turn the pages while the other hand holds on for dear life on the tube? Well, maybe that’s a skill I haven’t mastered yet. Now I won’t need to!

I opted for the Wi-Fi version of the Kindle and do not miss not having 3G. I’ve loaded enough books onto it when on wi-fi and haven’t ever been out and about, outside of wi-fi, when I’ve thought, “Oh, I could really do with that book!”

It’s incredibly easy to read and use. It took a little while for me to get used to the lack of touchscreen. For me, anything handheld with a screen that big should be touchscreen!

Reading in bright sunlight is as easy as pie. When I took my Kindle with me on holiday, I was sitting out in bright midday Portuguese sun and the words were as clear as day. I think it’s actually better than books, as usually I’m sitting with some sunglasses on because the paper of the books is a little too bright in bright sunlight.

I don’t think I even miss regular books now. Not that I was a massive book person before. I just see my Kindle and I think ‘book’, now. Kindle has officially won me over.


  1. I’ve been thinking about it too. I’m still on the fence as I love reading REAL books, but…maybe when I have a job and some money I can indulge. I do like the idea of having access to a book instantly!

    • I know reading isn’t exactly hard, but it is SO easy to just whip out the Kindle any time and read a little bit where ever.

  2. I’m glad you posted this because I was having the same thoughts re wifi/3G (although I’m not at a point where I can buy one yet) and its nice to have my suspicions confirmed!

    • Wi-Fi all the way. You can find free wi-fi at so many places these days. Paying the extra £40 for 3G’s not worth it in my opinion.

  3. Wahey. That’s exactly how I feel. And I tell you, I have not bought a “real” (paper version) of a book since. It’s wonderful!

  4. Glad to hear that you took the plunge and are enjoying it. I love the fact that I can pop the Kindle in my handbag whenever I go out and can sit and read a few pages whenever. For obvious reasons, I still get “real” photography books, but everything else I always check whether there’s a Kindle version first.

    • Me too. And you know what? I’ll be able to save shelf space for the bigger media based books, rather than still filling my bookcase with my reading books! Another tick for the Kindle.

  5. I’ve been thinking of getting one for a while now, going back and forth over it. I tell myself that I’d miss the feel of a physical book but I don’t know. The convenience of having multiple books at your disposal in one device could compensate for that!

    • I don’t miss the real feel of books, but then I’m not sure I was much of a ‘book-ie’ to end up missing it. I just love the convenience of having my Kindle to hand.

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