Let’s get something straight from the start. I love books. Books are wonderful things and printed books will (I hope) always be around.
But here’s the problem. I have too many books, way too many. Oh, I’ve tried to get the numbers down. Many, some well-loved, have gone to charity shops, a few to friends who wanted them, but still my bookshelves at home groan under the weight. I needed a solution.
I have to hand it to Amazon, love ’em or loath ’em, they really do make it so easy to find and buy things from their site. After looking around at eReaders for while I went for the Kindle. (My bookshelves gave an audible sigh of relief).
The box arrived via courier and after zipping it open (literally), the contents revealed instructions, the Kindle and cable.
I plugged the device in and as if by magic, after the second or two it took to boot-up, there was my personal welcome message. The Kindle had already been set up with my account. I told you these guys were good at selling you stuff. No manuals, no complex interface. A few minutes after booting up you can download your first book and when you do it only takes a moment.
OK the Kindle is no iPad in looks department but it is functional and appears robust. The screen has no reflections and the type clear. They really have made an effort to create a paper-like appearance and the font is very legible.
If first impressions count, it looks as though the Kindle and I are going to get on fine. I’ll let you know.