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Almost ready for the full size Kindle

Published June 30, 2010

I’ve been a big supporter of the ebooks movement, but for some reason I haven’t actually been jumping on the wagon with the band until just recently.

To start with, I had absolutely no time for reading, I wasn’t buying books, so although I flew the flag for digital novels, I wasn’t consuming them myself. Then I began to find time to read again, and now, I’m pretty much as converted as I knew I would be.

I don’t own a Kindle. Firstly, they weren’t available in this country, and then, when they were, I was mad that it was some kind of half-baked International version.

I turned my attention to the iPad and the much-heralded iBooks. Having seen the concept in action, I was instantly convinced. Unfortunately, there’s only one iPad in our household, and I don’t get to spend that much time with it. Equally, even if I did, it’s not in my name, so purchasing iBooks and suchlike isn’t ideal. Mr C doesn’t want his library cluttered up with my stuff.

So, while we ponder the possibility of becoming a multi-iPad family, I finally turned my attention to the Kindle app available on the iPod Touch. I’ve had the Touch for a while now, so I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me to look sooner. I had previously enjoyed a short Doctor Who book via an app, and consumed The Men Who Stare at Goats in a similar fashion. But the Kindle app?

I LOVE IT!

I downloaded a book and read the whole thing within a couple of days. I love that when my iPod ran out of battery, I just hauled out the laptop and finished the chapter on the desktop app instead. I am also particularly enamoured with the feature that lets you lock the iPod screen in place, because… I have that rotating screen problem a lot.

It’s not perfect, by any means. The screen is small, and you have to swipe a lot, particularly if you read fast. It’s convenient though, fits in your pocket, is inconspicuous. I was waiting for an appointment and had some time to spare, out comes the app.

I have got over whatever it was I had against USD when I first looked at the International Kindle, and have already filled up a wishlist of books I’d like to read next. Having a UK store is still important, I think, because there are books here that aren’t popular or available in the US. The humour section is particularly different to what I would expect. I do find the Kindle store a bit tricky to navigate, on the iPod particularly, and searching is much easier than browsing. However, there are plenty of books out there and one of them is bound to catch your attention. Prices vary, some are free, some are reasonable, some are horrendously overpriced. It’s all a matter of taste and disposable income, I suppose.

I have a book, a physical book, that I took to work to read at quiet lunchtimes, and I had a go at doing that quite recently. It felt strange. The pages kept moving around, it was quite heavy, you had to hold the book flat all the time. I think I have already transitioned to digital only. There’s no going back now!

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