It was a very happy birthday indeed last week when my wife surprised me with a new Amazon Kindle. I have more or less been lusting after this product since it was announced. I even went so far as to do some phone interviews with the Kindle team about a year and a half ago. I was that in love with the idea of what this product represented.
Due to my book buying habits, I always have about 3 or 4 “new” books that are still unread. Given the investment I had in unread books, I always managed to convince myself not to buy a Kindle. Well, that, and it is most assuredly a luxury purchase. I guess it’s good I have such a wonderful wife who got the hint after two years. <joke!>
There are more than enough reviews of the Kindle out there that I don’t have to waste your time with my own thoughts. However, I will assert this claim. If you want to read more, get a Kindle. The reason? I have a few that I noted over the weekend.
First, Amazon has inserted a straw into my wallet. Any book I think I want, I can pretty much get. Without having to get up. Groan. There goes my budget.
Second, because of the form factor, I can bottle feed my daughter and continue to read. That’s a big deal.
Third, the font size doesn’t change book to book, and neither does the length of the line of text. What this means (guessing here, as I’m not a doctor) is that my brain can train on consistent spacing, font, pitch and type. I found that I am moving through the text faster and faster, and I have barely had the unit a week. Perhaps this is imagined, but it feels real.
Last, there’s no fatigue associated with reading for long stints. This is one that I cannot explain, but I don’t get tired in the eyes when reading on the Kindle. Again, perhaps I simply haven’t had it long enough, but I have yet to find my eyes getting droopy. This might have to do with the paragraph above. No clue.
Net out? I blew through some books this weekend. I mean *blew* through them. Now I just have to work through that pile of actual books on my bed stand so I don’t feel guilty about those purchases.