I have been resisting the urge to buy an eBook reader. For a long time I was convinced they weren't really me. I love the feel of a proper book in my hands. The turning of the pages. The ability to flick back and forth through my favourite novels and re-read the best bits. I like technology but that just seems a step to far for me.
But on our most recent trip to the UK, I took 10 books. Big ones. My entire hand luggage was filled with books. I love to read so it's important for me to have enough reading material at all times. So as I struggled to get my far too heavy bag into the overhead locker I resolved that I would trade in my love of lugging books for a more practical solution.
It's taken me four months but I am ready to do it. Finally. I have taken the plunge and ordered a Kindle. I researched all the eBook readers on the market and it's the one that best suits my needs. I was tempted by the iPad but at $799 for a device with WiFi and 3G that's a bit out of my price range. You have to download a lot of free books to get back your initial investment. Sure, the iPad can do a lot more than a Kindle but if we want to watch movies when we travel, we always have a laptop. If I want to browse the internet on the move I have an iPhone... The Kindle mimics paper the best of all the eReader devices I researched and that was an important thing for me. I spend all day in front of a computer and I don't like reading on a computer screen.
So we took the plunge and ordered it this morning. I can't wait to get it.