Thursday, August 25, 2011

My new Kindle

I do so love my new Kindle. It's only a few months old and already stuffed with books - mostly samples, I haven't bought all of them. I resisted buying a Kindle for a long long time because I'm passionate about the look and feel of real books and paper, and a great supporter of our local library. But one day not long ago, there was a book by Linda Gillard available ONLY on Kindle, and I wanted it. House of Silence was my first book, and it was wonderful. I was hooked, and since then I've read another of hers, Emotional Geology.

There are 81 items in the list, but only five or six of those have I bought. I do like the feature that allows me to 'sample' the books before I decide to buy them.

Some of the most recent acquisitions are: Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres, Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton, Collected Stories of Eudora Welty and Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.

I read blogs written by friends who review books, and then I want another one. I'm beginning to think I'm greedy and want it all - am I an obsessive compulsive consumer?

I made a padded bag from some scraps in my sewing drawer

I haven't figured out yet when the wireless connection is on, or when is the best time or place to connect. Sometimes I go outside because I've heard or read somewhere that it's best to be away from things like tv or computer. The PDF file with instructions is huge and it takes a bit of time to wander through it. Usually I just try at random times throughout the day or evening - eventually I get a connection.

And the very best thing is that it's so light weight and portable - perfect for reading in bed.


Linda Gillard said...

Hi Janice

Thank you for mentioning HOUSE OF SILENCE on your blog and on Cornflower's. I was really touched to hear that HoS was a factor persuading you to buy a Kindle. :-) I was also relieved to hear you weren't disappointed! Phew...

HoS became a Kindle bestseller (and I think Cornflower's review must have had something to do with that.) I've got a new e-book out now - UNTYING THE KNOT. This one hasn't taken off yet and hasn't been so lucky with getting blog reviews, but it has 11 five-star reviews on Amazon already. This novel also has a textiles element, like EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY and HoS.

Btw I love your Kindle case. That looks like a Japanese dyed fabric. (I used to do a lot of quilting before I took up writing fulltime.)

I hope you continue to enjoy your Kindle.

Bronwyn said...

I also love the fact that you can preview books! That is actually the main way I use my kindle I would have to admit. I just love the feel of books too much to switch over completely to electronic devices just yet.

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