Amazon Kindle

I was very hesitant about jumping on the Kindle bandwagon. S offered to buy me one for my birthday a couple of times, but I refused. I love books. I love the feel of them, I love the smell of them, and I agree that nothing can replace the experience of reading words printed on paper. But with our trip approaching, I realised that lugging four months' worth of books around in my backpack simply wasn't feasible. Plus, as I learnt on our backpacking trip around Europe, books in English are hard to come by (except for high quality reads like Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, which is awesome, and I may have read, rather compulsively, the entire series while we travelled around Europe).

So I succumbed and bought a Kindle. And I love it. A lot. It's easy to use, the words look like they're printed on paper, it remains the same weight no matter how many pages the book has, what's not to love? You can buy books with one click from Amazon's Kindle Store and they magically appear on your Kindle; it's very dangerous. I think I bought about 18 books before my Kindle even arrived and I have about 10 on my Wish List. I bought my Kindle a lighted cover so I can read when we're camping on the Inca Trail or on a beach in Colombia. I think the Kindle may be the most useful purchase I've made for this trip (the woollen undies are a very close second). There's something very comforting about having all your books with you wherever you go.

1 comment:

  1. I now want everything in hard copy AND e-copy...! Also, book recc for Sth America is 100 Years of Solitude - you've probably already read this but I think it might be perfect reading for the wilderness?