I consider myself a reader. I like to read. Blogs, newspapers, books, whatever. Mind you, if you ask my wife, she will say I read junk. And it is true that in my library you will find very few classics like Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, or any sort of Greek tragedy (for quality literature, please see my wife’s library). But you will find around 100 Star Trek novels, a smattering of Doctor Who programme guides, and most of the James Bond books. This is not to say that I don’t read literature or quality non-fiction – I do, in fact I consider P.G Wodehouse and A.C. Doyle to be amongst my favorite writers,and I adore David McCullough – but that my day-to-day reading tends to fall in the media tie-in arena.
Since moving to France though, feeding my Star Trek novel addiction has proven more difficult. The bookstores in Grenoble have only a very limited Engilsh-language selection, if they have one at all. I am therefore forced to rely on Amazon.com, with shipping taking three to four weeks. In order to expedite this, I began purchasing ebooks through Amazon, and reading them with the Kindle app on my iPhone and iPad. While the reading app is excellent, the experience of reading on the iPhone or iPad is somewhat un-optimal. The iPhone, while having an excellent quality screen, is quite small. The iPad, on the other hand, is larger, but the screen quality is lower, and the weight of the device much higher.
My birthday was last week, but my wife, knowing of my love of both reading and gadgets, and unable to contain the surprise any longer, gifted me an Amazon Kindle Wifi+3G in graphite three weeks ago upon her return from America, along with $100 in Amazon cash for books. What my wife discovered shortly thereafter is that I got her a Kindle (in white!) as well! I’ve spent the past three weeks using the Kindle, and I thought I’d share my thoughts on the device in this review. I’ll also give my thoughts on the Amazon Kindle Leather Case, which my wife got me to complement the device! Just click below to read my thoughts!