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Birthday Kindle!

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!

Me and kindle, but note real book sneaking in there

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To Kindle or not to Kindle?

The book group to which I belong has gone into the 21st century with almost everyone in it now reading the books on Kindle.  I am one of the remaining traditionalists, this is not due to technophobia but my love of a real book.

My main problems with it are; 

No lovely front cover or synopsis.

Hard to find the part of the book you want to re-read

Reading by the pool or beach or in the bath are virtually impossible

No charity shopping for second hand books

Bit boring and ugly – why don´t they make them in nice colours?  Or maybe they do.

However there are some advantages

It meant I didn´t  have to buy the book for the book club – I just borrowed a kindle.

Cheaper to buy new books on kindle

More space in the house – I have boxes full of books that don´t fit on my shelves.

I would not have to use most of my baggage allowance on books when I was on holiday.

Overall, I remain to be convinced but if anyone wants to buy me one that would be nice.

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