1.33 million Kindles were sold last month – and one of them found it’s way into my Christmas stocking. So, how am I getting on with it?
First off, it is easy to use. No charger with it but it plugged into the USB socket of the computer. Once charged I found the user’s guide on the screen and chose what language to use and connected to our Wi-Fi network. There were instructions on how the buttons worked – a bit tricky having just got used to a touch screen phone. As I already an Amazon account I was able to quickly register the device and set up the Amazon 1-Click Payment Method.
I then explored the free e-books and downloaded one (Moby Dick) and discovered how to read it. All this on Christmas Day!
A couple of days later I tried subscribing to a newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, which has a 14 trial. After that it is £9.99 per month. As a Telegraph subscriber I should be able to get it free, but I haven’t managed to sort that out yet.
Also in my stocking was a £20 voucher, which I had registered with Amazon. The time had come to actually buy an e-book. I was catching up with reading some physical books (Is there a name for these, like snail mail as opposed to e-mail?) I had picked up a book in the library: Fate & Fortune by Shirley MacKay. It is a thriller set in Scotland in 1581 and as I had just finished Blood of Kings by J D Davies it continued the theme. I quickly realised that the book was the second in a series and picked up the Kindle to search for others books by the same author. The first Hew Cullan Mystery, Hue & Cry was available as a Kindle Edition – and only £0.89. I clicked “Buy now” and within seconds it was on my Kindle!
Since then I have bought:
DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-first Century by Debbie Kennett
QI: The Book of General Ignorance – The Noticeably Stouter Edition – £0-99 in the sale
Map of a Nation by Rachel Hewitt, for my husband, also in the sale at £1.19 (the book not the husband)
Graven with Diamonds: The Many lives of Thomas Wyatt: Courtier, Poet, Assasin, Spy by Nicola Shulman (£1.19)
It was at this point that I paused. The last book was not one I had intended to buy but I had read reviews and thought it looked interesting. Seeing it in the Kindle Store for so little I just clicked and bought it. In the past if I have bought a book, it sits around at home, getting in the way, reminding me it’s there and I should read it. On the Kindle it is just words in a list – will I end up with a Kindle full of unread books?
That said, I have pre-ordered the latest Thomas Chaloner by Susanna Gregory – The Piccadilly Plot, out on 19th January. I have been waiting for this and therefore it will be read as soon as it arrived on my Kindle.
I think the moral is: Getting a Kindle is fine, but stay away from the Store!