Back in January, I wrote that I had been thinking of getting a Kindle, but had been put off by the relative prices of ebooks to paperbacks.

A couple of things have happened since then to give me a new view on things.

During my trip to California, although I had a couple of paperbacks, I also loaded the Android Kindle application on my HTC Desire, and used it quite happily. Since getting back, I have continued to use the Android Kindle application, and have even bought some more books!

A couple of people have also pointed out that the ebook/paperback comparison might not be totally fair, as ebooks are now often coming out at the same time as hardbacks. Of course, ebooks *are* cheaper than hardbacks, with the advantage that I can read stuff as it is released and not have to wait for the paperback publication. I may even read some Hugo nominees while there is still time to vote!

I have also been directed at the huge amount of free stuff around on project gutenberg and other sites. So now I can re-aquaint myself with the works of Verne, Wells, Dickens and Dumas, which I mostly haven’t read since my teens.

So I have given in, and allowed myself to be Kindled. My Kindle arrived today, and from a short play at lunchtime, I love it already – in particular that I can sync between the device and my Android phone, for times when that is more convenient to take with me.


  1. March 29, 2011

    Janet and I have one each. Fabulous devices. If no one has already pointed you at it then can I recommend checking out the Baen books website, good selection of free stuff as well as loads of purchasable stuff.

  2. Jo
    March 30, 2011

    Glad you’ve seen the light 😉 I still love my Kindle, best gadget I’ve ever had – no more carting loads of books around from Ireland to the UK and back again, no more filling up the house with paperbacks. I still buy hard copy large format cookery books, but for novels, the Kindle has to be the way to go. How’s your leg now?

  3. chris
    March 30, 2011

    Out of curiosity, do you use a cover?

    At the moment, I am using the Kindle nude (!), and find it convenient to hold. However, there is a part of me that is saying “it needs protection!”, but I am concerned that if I buy one of the really smart Amazon cases with light, it will turn it into a brick.

    At the moment, I am leaning towards a simple silicon-type sleeve, but I will leave buying anything until I have seen (and tried) a few other people’s, I think.

      • chris
        April 1, 2011

        No worries, that’s good data too.

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