Curling up with a good Kindle

I have my Kindle! Encouraged by the hi-tec members of the family i.e. all of them, I’ve treated myself to an Amazon Kindle. I’ve gone for the wifi only version at 139 dollars. It comes with a USB cable included and I also bought a France-friendly mains power cable for an extra 10 dollars. I ordered it on Friday and it came this morning – that’s from the USA to deepest, darkest rural france over a weekend. Truly impressive.

Not so impressive was setting up. Chris had to reboot the machine to get it to connect with our wifi but he got there finally. However, I’ve been browsing the Kindle store and downloading samples of books that look interesting. I’ve bought my first book – French Fried by Chris Dolley, which I can’t wait to get stuck into. As research for writing my own account of life in France (well under way now), I’ve been reading as many travel-memoirs of expats in France as possible. Some are excellent, but a lot are dispappointing – more about those in later blogs. Anyway, this book is only availabe on Kindle, so it will be extra interesting to compare it with traditional tree-derivative books!

Self-publishing books for the Kindle is definitely on my mind. The copyright of some of my Mentor books has reverted to me so I may try one or two of those first to see how the whole thing works, then go with some new material. It’s very exciting and interesting.

Kindle - pic from amazon.com website

The Kindle is exactly the same size as your average paperback book, at least as far as height and width go. It’s less than a centimetre deep and weighs roughly 250 g (8.5 oz). It holds up to 3,500 books so it should keep even me going for quite a while. The page of writing is lovely and clear and you aren’t dazzled by a backlight as with most electronic gizmos. It uses a technology called E ink.

The photo here from the Amazon.com site shows you just what the device looks like. The keyboard is easy enough to use once you get the hang of the moving around keys (between Menu and Back). Kindle doesn’t have a touchscreen.

So, I’m in the twenty-first century with this very awesome, non-threatening piece of literary kit. (Usually I’m totally itimidated by gizmos – my phone and MP3 scare the life out of me, feeble arts graduate that I am!) Come and catch me up!

0 Replies to “Curling up with a good Kindle”

  1. I was interested to read that you weren’t dazzled by it. I wonder how tired eyes reading at bedtime will find it. I do like the solidity of a book in the hand. As a child I ws taught to look after books, not to write in them or dog-ear the pages but I now like signs of use in a favourite book, cookbooks with greasy fingermarks and dabs of colourful spices and my BCTV Fencing book battered and covered in mud as I take it into the field with me to remind me how to do brace corner-posts.

    Thanks for stopping by our own blog and leaving a comment on our spinning post. Do you have any posts/photos about your own wool and spinning it?

    You have a very easy writing style and I shall look forward to keeping an eye on your blog.

    Cordialement! Stuart

  2. We’ve had a lot of discussion about this at my online writers’ group. I am still in the age of Caxton when it comes to books, but I know a number of others who have bought e-readers and seem satisfied. I suppose I shall have to succumb in the end.

    If you want any advice about self-publishing, I can put you in touch with several people who have done it and can give you the pros and cons.

    Happy kindling!

    Vanessa

    1. Hi Vanessa,
      I’m getting very fond of my kindle I have to say. It’s a really impressive item.
      I would very interested to talk self-publishing with your colleagues, thank you.
      Do you have sunshine? We’re in tee-shirts and basking in it. Pas mal for February!
      Kindest regards,
      Steph

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