Monday, 23 January 2012

I Bought A Kindle

After a long debate with myself and others, weighing up all the pros and cons and losing countless nights of sleep, I finally did it. I bought a Kindle.

I must say I am loving it. Since I got it I have read two books in a week and I am currently half way through another. The book I am half way through at the moment is the Steve Jobs book, which I also have Hardback. But hey, I am a nerd.

The Kindle is amazingly easy to carry around. Both the fact that it is super small and that it is super light just makes things ten times easier. All it takes is a click of a button and you can find out both the weight and size of the Kindle, but for demonstration purposes here is a nice fancy picture that I took of Dan Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol’ next to the Kindle which happened to have ‘The Lost Symbol’ loaded when I took it, coincidence? I think not.

At the time of writing I have about twenty books loaded onto my Kindle, including classics like Sherlock Holmes and more recent novels like Tim Weaver’s ‘The Dead Tracks’. So I am hoping now that I can bring my Kindle most places with me that I will be able to read a lot more and get through things a lot faster.

One thing I do find bad about the Kindle however is when you are using it on public transport women in their later sixty’s upwards seem to think they have to come up and tell you to put away that device and read an actual book! My counterargument of “but I am saving paper and the planet, something I would not of had to do if your generation were a bit more conservative..” never seems to go down well with them. Other then this little thing, there is nothing I can complain about with the Kindle. Audio books sound great, the 3G is something I can live with considering it’s not built for internet use and the interface is something which I cannot find a fault.

For you ‘traditionalists’ who, like the old women who harass me on bus’ and trains, think that a physical book is better; I totally agree. A physical book is ten times better. The feel of it and the smell of the paper as you turn every page with the satisfaction that you are getting closer and closer to that ending is something that cannot be beaten. But for someone, like myself, who is always on the go, either travelling or in a coffee shop somewhere and then travelling again going from place to place, it helps an awful lot if you can take less weight out of your laptop bag and the Kindle fits in there perfectly and you wouldn’t even feel it there. When I get home however I read the actual book, I mainly use my Kindle now when I am on the go. So I haven’t gone to the dark side fully yet. Maybe if they offer me more cookies I may be persuaded.

For a list of the books I am reading and liked go here and feel free to pick up a copy: 'My Books'. These are affiliate links, so I am making a tiny percentage of money if you buy from these links. However the price will not change for you. Let me know what you are currently reading below in the comments!


  1. One difference reading on a electronic device vs a book I didn't think about is that I don't have to worry about the book closing on me. That is, no bookmarks, holding it with the thumb in the spine, etc. as I get older, I find my hands get stiff holding books so they will stay open and with my device, my hands no longer hurt!

  2. @RP Raven this is very true! I actually just noticed this last night whilst reading in bed. I put it down right next to me and I went to get a drink of water, then I came back to find the book closed with no bookmark and I forgot what page I was on. I spent another five minutes scanning pages to see if they looked any bit familiar. Thanks for the comment and a very good point!