Last time I blogged, I wrote about how Kindles are far
outselling old-fashioned paper books. I didn't mention which I
I have two bookcases full of books in my bedroom, and a further
three in another. I love books.
I have read and loved real books continuously since I was three,
but I am a convert. Last December I was bought a Kindle, and I am
sad to say I have never looked back.
I often take the train and commute around London and my Kindle
slips into my small bag perfectly, unlike a 700 page book. Carting
that around used to mean emptying my bag before travelling only to
store necessities (keys, wallet, phone) in my pockets just so my
bag could accommodate whichever novel I was reading.
The Kindle is not perfect though, far from it. Mine does
not have a backlight, and I did not like the design of the covers
with inbuilt lights. If your Kindle runs out of juice, you are
screwed for the remainder of the journey. This will never
happen with a book, obviously, but if you finish a book on a long
journey then you have no other reading material - an eReader can
carry hundreds if not thousands of various titles so the chance of
this happening is very remote. That said, I have been known to read
the same eBook three times having run out of new novels on a train
One of the glories of real books is the actual reading, the
turning of a page and the sound it makes, the papery smell it holds
and lets out with every time it is opened. This is something that
the Kindle lacks - it is not the same pressing a button to flick a
page, and the '% read' bar at the bottom of an eBook page can be
Nevertheless, I think, at the end of the day, it is about
ease. We have so much to carry - iPhone, work phone, tablet,
keys, wallet, chewing gum, reading material - and it just does not
easily fit in one bag.
So, the Kindle solves a problem that really did already exist,
for commuters especially, and, as much as real book lovers hate to
admit it, Kindles are the way forward.
Try it, it'll change your (reading) life.