I got a Kindle touch for my birthday in July. I’d resisted these devices up until then because having become accustomed to the touch screen interface of the iPad, and unsure of how I would take to reading books on a screen, I didn’t want to risk getting one and not using it.

Once the touch-screen version came along, it seemed worth a try.

It has very much transformed the way I read. Firstly, it is so small and compact and very much lighter than an iPad, I can carry it everywhere with me in my handbag. The screen, as has been well documented elsewhere, is very easy on the eyes. The main thing for me has been the way it has changed how I read books.

It is like having a small library with you at all times. Whereas I used to read one book at a time, I now have 4 or 5 on the go. I read one or the other depending on my mood. I have the Alan Sugar biography which is easy to dip into, the weighty first book of the Cave Bear trilogy, the popular sci if Earth Girl, a book on minimalist living (I’m just about to move house and need to clutter clear) and an Alvin Hall book on managing your money (again, moving house so fairly apt, not that I’ll have any to manage once I’ve paid all the extortionate fees and duty).

I discovered the Earth Girl book on the Kindle best seller lists and got hooked by reading the sample chapter. A very good marketing technique. In a book shop, you don’t usually have time to read a full chapter before deciding to buy a book, but with the kindle you download the chapter and can read it at your leisure. I’m reading more, and getting even more enjoyment out of this new more varied way of reading that I have developed.

My only disappointment thus far is that the OU library do not yet make kindle books and magazines available to borrow. I imagine there are various rights issues to resolve; I have asked them about it. I’d love to be able to include the new books on educational technology in my treasure trove or reading material in my handbag, to dip into whenever I have a spare moment.

By Gill

About Gill

Having worked as a Research Fellow with the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, I have now semi-retired but retained my association with the OU as an Honorary Associate.
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