As I mentioned before leaving on vacation, I bought a Kindle from Amazon. The idea was to avoid having to carry a ton of books on the flight. I’d been putting off buying several books until my birthday, and my notion of “vacation” is to sit in a quiet place on the beach reading.
And I must say the Kindle performed extremely well.
* It was easy to read in the Bahamian sun on the beach.
* The worldwide free 3G service works in Nassau and Freeport just fine. Books download in less than a minute!
* It weighs next to nothing
* It has an electronic “dog ear” feature, allowing me to mark places that I can later return to when I write the review. Very cool.
* I read several books. Book reviews will forthcoming over the next several weeks, but I’ll share that my reading included —
The Naked Gospel: The Truth You May Never Hear in Church, by Andrew Farley (not on the Kindle)
Following Jesus, by N. T. Wright
Thomas Jefferson, by R. B. Bernstein (not to be reviewed, but an excellent read)
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller
The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation, by Barbara R. Rossing
* I found reading the books on the Kindle as easy or easier than a paperbook. I never had to break the binding so the book would stay open. I never lost my place. I could read the same books on my iPhone at no additional charge — which proved surprisingly easy — but the iPhone is useless on the beach and doesn’t have free international service. (If only I could use it in the bathtub …)
* I can also view the books — and my bookmarks — on my PC, which helps in writing a review. Unfortunately, I can’t drag and drop quotations. I understand the need to protect against my copying the whole book and emailing it to friends around the world, but the ability to copy up to 50 consecutive words, say, would really help.
* I could actually read the blog for free on the Kindle, but I honored my comment fast for the week. It’s not as slick as it could be, but it works.
* I can share books with a members of my family.
So although I had to pay for this myself, I’m delighted to have made the purchase. And while this isn’t an electronics review blog, I figure many readers here have the same problem I do with running out of space to store books and not wanting to carry heavy books on trips.