I’m back now. Vacation and blogging just doesn’t mix well, I tell ya. I hope I haven’t lost all my readers in the past week. 🙂 I feel a little odd coming back to the blogging/reading/writing world after so long of just babies, family, more babies, and old friends. But I’m sure I’ll get back into the swing of things.
A few weeks ago, I read an article about the Amazon Kindle. The author (I think it was someone on Publisher’s Weekly) mentioned that she didn’t notice that many Kindles on her latest plane ride. When I was in the airport, I tried to notice as well. I probably wasn’t quite as observant, considering that I was traveling with my three-month-old, but I only saw one Kindle on both trips. But I saw tons of books.
Now I know that the Kindle/physical book debate is getting kind of old, but I did find it interesting that I only saw one. I mean, if I were to get a Kindle, I think I would use it the most on long trips. Then I could have a choice of what to read right at my finger tips.
I did encounter one other Kindle on my trip. My friend has one, and he loves it. He owns his own business and has very little time for reading, so he hooks up his Kindle to his car and has the automatic voice read books to him on his way to and from work. He played the automatic voice for me, and it wasn’t too bad. It’s not as good as the good audiobooks you can get, but it’s better than the worst audiobooks. There’s none of the cheesiness that sometimes plagues the teen/ middle-grade audiobooks. And the thing that my friend likes is that he doesn’t have to pay $40 to have an audio copy. He paid about $7 for The Hunger Games and had it read to him in the car. I’d say that’s a pretty nice feature.
I also noticed with the one Kindle I saw on the airplane that it’s easy to have large print. The owner was actually an older lady, and she was able to increase the print size to accommodate her. That’s better than searching for a large print book or using one of those annoying reading magnifiers on a book, I’m sure.
I’m not yet sold on the Kindle or any other reader yet, though. Maybe I’m still stuck on how much I absolutely love owning a physical book. I’d probably enjoy getting the free classics on it, but if I’m going to pay money for a book that I love, I want to have it to put on my bookshelf.
So sell me…Do you own a Kindle or other reader? What are some of the best features?
Goodreads overview of different e-readers: http://www.goodreads.com/ereaders
Free e-books: http://www.goodreads.com/ebooks