So after one of my previous posts about umming and aahing about a kindle I put it on my birthday list to leave it to chance if it came or not, and it did, courtesy of my generous boyfriend I now have a slinky strangely strokable kindle. So I have now joined the techno readers and am still in two minds, but am going to give it a go.
I have spent the weekend fiddling about with it and have discovered the following things;
I like the dictionary element because I normally just ignore words I don´t know unless they are essential for the plot
Subscribing to the free kindle books isn´t that great as most of them look rubbish apart from the classics of course, most of which I have already read.
I can download my free version of Nathaniel Hawthorne´s The Scarlet Letter which seems so far to be full of description and no action.
You can subscribe for my free trial of the Guardian and Observer, hurrah. I haven´t been able to get hold of these for the last year in Spain so I like this. In fact you get so much content that I spent most of yesterday reading it.
I can download my new book club book the Orange prize winner, The Song of Achilles, straight away instead of waiting for it to arrive in the post.
Most of the books I actually want to read are much cheaper to buy second-hand rather than on the kindle, so I can´t bring myself to waste money.
My boyfriend is paranoid I will wreck it, so keeps tabs on how I am looking after it, especially on the beach.
My overall thoughts are that the kindle is good for some ways but I will never completely turn my back on the trusty book and charity shopping for them. Any advice on great freebies or anything else, would be very welcome!