I’ve always been a big reader. Ever since I shoved the other kids out of the way at Juniors to be first to snatch Folk of the Faraway Tree, books have played a massive part in my life. Nothing wrong with being aggressive to other children if it’s in a library, in my opinion. The Hub used to wince when we he watched me pack a holdall of books to take away on holiday, knowing that he wouldn’t get any conversation out of me for a week. He’s got an iPod to listen to now, so he’s cool. Of course, this was all in BC (Before Child) times. Then I became a Mum and the reading gene evaporated for a bit, and the concept of a nice chunky block of reading time disappeared seemingly forever.
About 18 months ago I bought a Sony EReader. I found reading books on it perfectly easy – no problem in bright sunlight and the pages refreshed very quickly. But buying books was a bit of a pain. You had to visit a few sites (Waterstones, WHSmith, BooksonBoard) to find the books you wanted, download them to the PC and then copy them across to the Ereader.
So when the Kindle was announced I was straight onto Amazon, virtually shoving the other customers aside to get my hands on one. Some things never change. Management summary: it’s great. Easy to download books (either from the Kindle or by shopping on the Mac), light, portable, and bonus – you can download the same book to multiple devices (Kindle, iPhone, Mac etc) and it remembers where you are. Yup, if you got up to page 30 on the Kindle and then try reading it on the Mac, it remembers that you have just finished page 30 and starts you off there. I know how they do that, but it’s blimmin’ impressive.
Most importantly, I take it everywhere with me, so when I am waiting for the next important child activity (Swahili lessons, Everest preparation etc) to finish I can slot in 10 mins of blissful reading.
Downside? It’s way too easy to buy books now. Way too easy. I may have to start hiring the kids out to do Swahili translations to pay for them.