I decided to take the plunge. There has been the worthwhile remains of a money voucher waiting for some months to be used. Because of the type of voucher it was, winnings, it had to be used up in a year. It’s now close to that time. I had not, in truth, given the voucher much thought, however, it flashed into consciousness and I made a flash decision about what to use the voucher for. I have ordered a Kindle e-reader, (not the 3G model) together with a bright pink leather cover. It’s not that I am smitten with bright pink, I quite like the colour for certain uses; it is just that the colour of the cover will avoid confusion in the household.
My reasoning for getting an e-reader was, that I want to cut down carrying weight when I go out. Often there is time to read while waiting for someone to arrive at a meeting place. The weight issue can apply to distance travelling too. Occasionally, I travel with a laptop, though I have not taken it abroad, yet. The ubiquitous internet cafés have generally met my needs.
Believe it or not, I dislike reading articles from a computer screen, though there are times when it is inescapable. I hate reading from a 13″ laptop. Even with its clever gizmos and capacities, I could not justify the cost of an iPad, or similar, from which, reading would be like reading from any other visual display unit. Being unsure about its viability, I held back from the idea of using an e-reader.
The computer and e-reading technologies are different and e-reading is less likely to strain the eye, in fact, from what I have seen, the screens are very gentle to read from. Unlike one relative, I am not thinking about a lightweight bed time reading machine to rest on the cat!
I’m expecting delivery of the e-reader in about six days. Meantime, I am still turning real paper pages in my real books, which are not going to relegated to second division. I see the e-reader as a modern supplementary tool to facilitate my enjoyment of reading, a tool I shall have to learn to play with. I have not decided yet what my first book order will be.