For some time, I have been looking at the Kindle, and wondering if I would get on with it. Packing away my books last year, many of which I knew would never be re-read, made this even more relevent.
A little while back, I actually downloaded the kindle software for my HTC Desire. While knowing it won’t be the same experience as a proper Kindle, I was surprised how easy it was to read on the Desire. Not wishing to buy yet another gadget I would get no real use out of, I thought I would see if I made use of the Desire at all, by downloading a few free books.
I’ve been carrying around some H. G. Wells and Jules Verne for a few months, and haven’t even thought of sitting down and reading, even when I was away from home, with nothing better to do. Was it that eBooks simply weren’t for me, or was it the books themselves?
Recently I have been working through a pile of paperback thrillers by Michael Connelly, and really enjoying them. I had read a couple of his books before (Lost Light, The Lincoln Lawyer), and picked up about 6 “Harry Bosche” paperbacks in a second-hand store over a year or so – I have only just gotten around to reading them.
Having the taste for them, and knowing there were more around, I thought “I know, I’ll download one, and read it, and that will see if I like the eBook experience”.
This is where the plan came to a stop. On Amazon’s website, I can buy the Kindle edition of Connelly’s “The Scarecrow” for GBP 4.49. The paperback is 4 quid, new. Another one I haven’t read is “The Brass Verdict” – Kindle edition 6.99; new paperback 3.89.
Although I wasn’t expecting Kindle to save me money, I didn’t expect it to be more expensive!
I think I will scrub the experiment, for now.