Friday, June 15, 2012
How do I like my Kindle?
It was a story of persistence and eventual success. After failing to load books onto the little gadget via USB cable, I bought another little gadget -- a wireless router -- and somehow managed to get it to work. Feeling extremely proud of myself, I set up the whole house, including my creaky old laptop and the brandnew one we have just acquired. Everything was wireless. Including, of course, the Kindle.
I even managed to set up my amazon account to comply with eBook-buying, and settled down to see what it was like to read a book on a six-inch screen.
It felt odd. I'm used to holding an open book, so having something one-page-sized felt strangely uncomfortable. The solution was obvious: I went onto TradeMe (the Kiwi equivalent of eBay) and placed a bid for a Kindle cover. I specified pink, and it arrived promptly as ordered. I then stuck a butterfly on it, to make it feel like personal property, and settled down again.
This next book I loaded was bought in a fit of generosity -- it was Douglas Reeman's H.M.S. Saracen, which is apparently the only one of Reeman's impressive oeuvre that Ron hasn't read.
And my husband took over my Kindle. Pink cover, butterfly and all. He adores the machine. He raves about it to all and sundry. He has read books on that Kindle on planes and in airports and hotels.
So guess what he is getting for his birthday ....