When I go somewhere and know there will be at least a few minutes of reading time, I like to take a few books. I really should just limit myself to a single title and ‘rough it’ with just that, but I usually like to pepper my reading time with different subjects or tastes. I never know just what mood I will be in after all.
Of course carrying several books (especially thick books on the English or Japanese languages…) can get heavy. That’s why I was immediately interested when Amazon announced their Kindle e-book reader a few months back.
The screen is supposed to be greatly superior to other electronic e-book readers on the market. I greatly prefer paper to reading online, but the Kindle is supposed (I haven’t tried it yet) to be about as easy on the eyes as paper. One reviewer said after five minutes he forgets he isn’t reading from a real book.
It connects with the Amazon store wirelessly similar to a cell phone. This means wherever you go (in the US at least) you can buy a book, download blog posts, or get newspapers and magazines.
I was thinking of getting one for our upcoming Japan trip, but decided not to just yet. We will have some major expenses with the new baby and it will take a lot of e-books (cheaper than their printed versions) to make up for the $400 investment. That and I wouldn’t be able to use the wireless feature in Japan. 😦
Still, it is definitely on my shopping list.
Have you tried it? What do you think?