September 21st, 2010


Still in Love

Am I still in love with my Kindle? Yes!
Easy to use? Yes. Even for the technologically challenged.
Easy to read? Yes. Even (or especially) for a person with poor eyesight, namely myself.
As pleasant to read as the real thing? No, but it's so manageable.

I still use it mostly for reading in bed. Say goodbye to dropping the book and losing your place, trying to keep the text in focus (I have Varilenses), turning over two pages by mistake. Just click, click, click.

I like being able to switch from one book to another – a chapter here, a chapter there. You never lose your place because it automatically bookmarks as you read.

After a great deal of trial and error I've succeeded in emailing a Word doc to it. Am quite unreasonably pleased with the powers of analysis which enabled me to work out what the problem might be :-)

I still think I’ll use it more for older books than modern ones, because if I’ve got to pay the same price (only fair on the authors) I’d rather have the real thing. The problem is how to choose which edition to download. This is from the Amazon site:
"Note that these large collections of older free books are typically created from scanned copies of physical books and can have variable quality."
I looked up David Copperfield and found at least fifty different versions available. Some are 'Kindle editions' or 'formatted for Kindle', which doesn't help much. Has anyone downloaded the complete Shakespeare or Dickens? Any comments on the quality?

Handy hint: switch the wireless off when reading, as this saves the battery. If I'd read the instructions more carefully, I wouldn't have got a message saying the battery was low and perhaps I'd better switch off the wireless. Duh.

Booksellers fight back. This is from Abe Books:
“But what might we lose, on the flipside? For one, the pleasure of perusing another's shelves to find a kindred spirit, a bosom book buddy, and the joy of potential new reads.”

This is not an either/or situation! I’m not looking to replace books and I think anyone keen enough on reading to fork out for a Kindle will feel the same way. There’s no way I’ve yet explored all its features.
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