I bought myself a Kindle last week. I did the usual research on comparative websites etc and when I was happy that I was willing to risk £111 on a piece of technology that I was not sure I’d use- I paid up. The feature that clinched the decision for me is the ability to read pdfs on Kindle. I have far too many downloaded academic journal papers- in pdf format. Maybe I will read some of them if they are in my handbag.
Since the Kindle arrived I have been very impressed by it, and I think so would Virginia Woolf – who stares out at me as one of the Kindle screen savers – have been.
I need to work on the pdf display – it’s a bit small in its default size. But Kindle format print is so clear and easy to read. I’ve been reading Adam Bede in bed (my book group’s next choice). I downloaded a free version in Kindle format from the Project Gutenberg website. I love books –some for their look and feel and I think I will continue to buy them for some time. But others I love for their writing and novels for their narratives. I had already decided that my personal living space was too small for a library of paper novels. So they came in to my house/handbag– and went out again via the local charity store. Kindle gives me a possible lending library in my handbag.
My partner was less interested when he found that he couldn’t (at least easily or cheaply) get his emails on a Kindle. Is the man mad? Who wants to deal with emails when you’re deep in a good book?