I just finished reading my first novel on the new Kindle.
I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical when I first looked at it, but since I hadn’t indulged in early adopter syndrome in a while I thought I would just go for it. So far, I’m pretty impressed. I chose to read, for free, Cory Doctorow’s book Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom at the suggestion of a friend of mine. Couldn’t have been a more perfect choice. One could argue that Diamond Age would be more appropriate, but as I had already read that seemed like cheating.
So, two things:
- Reading on the Kindle is great. I’ve pretty much been carrying it around with me everywhere I go. It’s not as easy to slip into a pocket as a small paperback, but it’s way more convenient for readers such as myself that have trouble dedicating to one book at time. Surprisingly, after a few hours of reading, the distractions that I thought I wouldn’t get over, including the page turning (weird blinking, kinda slow refresh) actually disappeared in preference to the new found form factor convenience. I like to read in strange positions, and not having to turn physical pages and hold them open really works well.
- Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is an awesome book. I’m not even a sci-fi fan except for the occasional Neil Stephenson, so I was blown away how much I loved this book. Also, the fact that I downloaded it for free direct from the author is not bad either.