After several weeks on the road I think it’s time to post about how to keep up with reading while traveling. As I posted previously I received a Kindle for a retirement gift. Jean then bought a Kindle for herself. We discovered the world of free e-books. I have downloaded almost 50 free books. Any book that was published more than 75 years ago is free. I also have purchased a few books.
The Kindle experience is close to that of reading a book. I get a little disoriented by having only one page in front of me instead of two, which means you turn the page more often than with paper. The readability of the screen is excellent and doesn’t seem to create any more difficulty than paper. It does require light. (Just like a book!)
The biggest advantage is that you don’t have to carry so many books while traveling. I have completed 7 books since mid-November. I’m currently in the middle of two books. I can’t imagine carrying all of those books in the car, trailer, or my backpack.
I don’t have a comparison with other e-readers, but I will say that this is the wave of the future. It makes reading much more portable and accessible than paper books.
Some favorites from my recent reading:
Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres – a wonderful novel that covers the story of Turkey in the early 20th century. It lays an understanding of present day conflicts. The characters jump off the page and the narrative rivets your interest.
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver – she has done it again. Each book seems to get better. This novel follows the life story of a man born to a Mexican mother and US citizen father in the early to mid 1900’s. His life involves much of Mexican-American relations, marxism, art, racism, McCarthism, and other social ills that continue to plague us today. Kingsolver uses her character and his biography to make us think about important issues while entertaining us as usual. I couldn’t put it down (or in the case of the Kindle, turn it off).
One last note, I have been disappointed that purchasing books for the Kindle does not save much money over the paper price. This is not the method of choice if your objective is to save money. For that use the public library. It’s not a bad idea to support our libraries.