Lately, I’ve shared quite a few joys with you. Today I’m sharing another one.
I am the happy and proud owner of a Kindle.
It’s been on my wishlist for quite a while, so I can barely contain my excitement. I mean, after this whole time of waiting and day dreaming about it – voilà! Although this is completely irrelevant to the actual gadget, I also have a very pretty Kindle case – as seen on the picture. (To the girls reading this, please tell me you understand.)
I first learned about e-readers about 3 years ago from my friend Sergiu. I was sceptical. One, because I’m a fan of hard-copy books. From holding a book in my hands, turning its pages, underlining phrases in pencil, to the smell of paper and the creativity of bookmarks – it was all part of the reading thrill for me. Second, because I didn’t enjoy e-books at all. Starring at a pdf file on my computer screen was not my cup of tea, however interesting the book. Then, the Kindle happened.
After a month of (intense) use, what I can say is this: it has exceeded my expectations. Ease of use – tick. Availability of books – tick. Long-lasting battery – tick. Lightweight and comfortable to carry around – tick.
More than this, I was surprised by a number of things. By how quickly I get the books I purchase. By the fact that there are free books available – although I’ve still to learn the system in order to get good deals. By how quickly I got used to pressing the “next page” button. So quickly, in fact, that I find myself “clicking” on hard-copy books, too.
Dear Amazon, thank you for the Kindle.
I can’t have a post about Kindle without mentioning Andy and Nancy – our friends and mentors – who’ve given us bookworms the best wedding gifts. We so love you!
Do you have a Kindle? How do you like it?