New Kindle UserTimes move so quickly and as the years pass I find changes seem to happen even faster and faster. This time last year I was concentrating my energy into writing books. You know, those things that were made of paper and had glossy covers. There were even some that came with a cover jacket and hard covers. Do you remember them? For that matter, do you remember visiting something called a book shop and flipping the crisp new paper pages with your fingers?

Well now, only a little more than 365 short days later, I must make a humbling admission. Please sit down as this may come as a shock from an old timer like me, but, I have been reading ….. Ebooks! Yes, it’s true. For the last couple of months I have been reading books (can I still call them that?) on my iPad. More horrifying is that I must say that I was quite enjoying the experience.


Some weeks ago, I had a wickedly evil economising measure idea after my wife had filled the last remaining gap in our numerous bookcases. Yes, bookcases. They are made of wood and stand about seven foot tall. Well, my idea was that instead of buying a new bookcase, I would buy her a Kindle. Much cheaper and I though she might economise on book purchases as well. I had my doubts that she would adapt, but was prepared to allow a bit of time and put up with some screaming and general ebook negativity from a long time ‘spine cracker’.


She fell in love with her Kindle on her first book! So problem solved in record time. Unfortunately, as is often the case when you solve a problem, another one arises. My problem is that I am jealous now. Her Kindle just looks so much more comfortable than my iPad and as I am not endowed with the best eyesight, the Kindle is much kinder on old pupils.


Yes. You guessed right. I just ordered myself a Kindle. Welcome to 2011 Derek.

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  • 26/05/2011 at 5:14 pm

    But! But! why?!

  • 26/05/2011 at 5:19 pm

    Welcome to the future, Derek, I think you're going to like it here.

    That said, I will never forget the smell of a brand new book. It's better than new car, new baby and puppy breath combined.

  • 26/05/2011 at 10:05 pm

    I love my iPad, and although I do have a few e-books in there, (old favorites that I've read so many times I can pick up anywhere-and know exactly what is going on) but there is just something about books, and bookcases that I love. I think I should miss them very much if my life was suddenly with out a hundred "physical" books in my home.

  • 26/05/2011 at 10:20 pm

    Well Nicóle, a hundred or even a couple of hundred books would have been fine, but my wife and I are book maniacs. So there is a time to stop! But of course we'll keep them all. And probably add one or two more real ones. :)

  • 27/05/2011 at 9:16 am

    For a long, long time due to my own poor eyesight, trying to read a 'real' book has been out of the question Derek. Last year I downloaded Kindle for PC and I am slowly buying ebook copies of my long list of books in Kindle form. At last I don't have to wear my glasses plus use a magnifying glass. Now all I have to do is adjust the size of the words in front of me and hey presto, I'm reading again. :)

  • 27/05/2011 at 12:41 pm

    Do you not get screen glare from Kindles? That, I would say, is a benefit of paper books. Let me know if it's any good!

  • 27/05/2011 at 1:38 pm

    the biggest problem i have with my kindle is that i am reading too many books at the same time. with so many books in that tiny thing, i can read whatever i want to in any occasion, so it is hard for me to finish a book as before.and i couldn't stop downloading more books.

  • 27/05/2011 at 2:02 pm

    It's funny: the people who swear they will never like ereaders are the people who have never tried one. I never got the appeal of e-ink until I tried it. Now I totally understand the ebook love. Ebooks are awesome.

  • 27/05/2011 at 2:18 pm

    My Kindle was a part of my drastic downsizing project. It does not stop the onslaught of new books, but at least slows it down to a trickle of illustrated books or books not available on Kindle.

  • 27/05/2011 at 10:00 pm

    My husband got one last year, and I got one for Christmas. While I miss the "book" itself, with the smell and feel of the pages, I really love my Kindle. It certainly makes traveling a lot easier without hauling a library around or worrying about running out of reading material. :-)

    I'm glad I found your blog, and I'd love to trade follows!


  • 27/05/2011 at 10:07 pm

    Done. Got your blog too Sarah :)

  • 28/05/2011 at 10:01 am

    Just checked. I should get my new Kindle in three days! Then the world will never be the same for me!

  • 28/05/2011 at 3:36 pm

    I am a kindle convert. In fact I bought a second one and loaded it with books I knew my husband would read and left it on his nightstand. It sat untouched for a week when he finally brought it to me and asked how to work the damn thing. I still like books and for me, non-fiction and poetry books still need to live on paper. I also make use of calibre and convert pdfs so I can read them on my kindle. In fact – I have turned several of your articles into pdf format and then converted and transferred to the kindle. Much easier to read than my laptop on a car trip :)
    We too are trying to downsize. There will always be bookshelves in our home but I hope to whittle those down to the books you just have to keep throughout your life. The ability to adjust the text is a major factor too – my bifocals love it!

  • 28/05/2011 at 11:01 pm

    I'm honoured Dee! I would never have thought my articles would have made it onto a Kindle! :)

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