What with the announcements of new Kindles galore, I suddenly realised that I have never really mentioned my Kindle on here. It arrived as an unexpected birthday present, secretly plotted by my wife, a gift that one that I now consider one of the most useful and entertaining ever.
I take it most places and generally fit in some reading each day, whether it is on the bus journey to work or during
my lunch break.
I have to admit I was nervous of adopting the Kindle in favour of paper-based products, but I really do enjoy the flexibility it offers.
Whatever my mood I can find a book to suit and it’s certainly easier than carting a number of books around in your bag.
I think that samples functionality is great, allowing you to browse the Amazon site for books & send samples of those that interest you to your Kindle.
Samples allow you to expand your reading landscape without having to spend anything, they are a great way to find new authors, genres or forgotten favourites.
Owning a Kindle causes a number of odd things to happen:
- Random people will just start talking to you about books, not
always a bad thing.
- People who are interest in Kindles expect you to try and sell the product too them, very odd lines of questioning.
- Other Kindle owners seem to only read free books, you feel like the only one purchasing books.
- I read things that I’ve not bothered to pick-up before now
- Visiting WH Smiths & Waterstones become an exercise of picking out title you may like for later.
- People expect it to be a touch screen and I laugh.
Many people still seem uncertain about buying Kindle, they seem to see it as a question of Kindle or new [Insert Pad Device Here], with the new Kindle (without keyboard) is bringing the device closer to peoples price range, I hope to see more family and friends with one.
In my experience it?s changed my reading habits for the better, even if it?s a little pricier due to the VAT being charged for online books (except when you notice how they compare to hardback prices on new