I used to read books frequently, but somewhere along the way my reading of books turned to reading more and more magazines. I attribute some of this change to packing for work, where space is at a premium. A magazine is slim, you read and toss it (well, except National Geographic) and keep moving, where as a book is thick and once you’re done reading it, you carry it around with you.
For avid readers, my rationale for where I track back my transition away from reading books may seem a tad hard to swallow, but I began pondering this a few weeks ago when I first unboxed a Kindle Touch 3G and found myself reading Beyond Bin Laden : America and the Future of Terror from start to finish over the course of a few days. Why do I attribute the Kindle Touch 3G to return to reading books? Simple … the Kindle can hold countless books, magazines and even blog subscriptions in a device that can be carried virtually anywhere, with a seemingly limitless battery life, that fits in the palm of a user’s hand and has a screen that allow it to be read with ease.
Once I became accustomed to the Kindle I found myself taking it out of my bag and slipping it into my cargo pant pockets, tucking it into my jacket pockets, my pants’ slash pockets … and anywhere else it fits.
I had downloaded the Kindle App for my iPad quite some time ago, but found it didn’t get back into reading books. As much as I love my iPad, it doesn’t fit in the palm of my hand, into my pant pockets, even with its fantastic battery life much of how I use the iPad is battery draining and … have you ever tried to view the iPad screen while sitting next to a bright window you can’t close? Not exactly ideal.
Traveling has almost always involved watching movies and working for the past decade, often while reading a magazine at the same time … now I have found myself returning to reading books and enjoying it. The Kindle Touch 3G can be packed in anything you’re carrying, taking up no space in a bag, stuffed in the pocket of your jacket, and go more than two weeks without being charged while reading two hours or so a day with the 3G turned on (apparently if you switch the 3G off the battery can last two months!) and … wait for it (OK don’t wait for it, apparently every one knew about this but me) … you can borrow books from your local library and download them to your Kindle (my Mom knew about this, chalk one technology thing up in her favour after all these years). The advantage to the Kindle Touch 3G over the non-3G Kindle Touch is the ability to download books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, anywhere in the world the device can hit a 3G network, at no cost to you, which is fantastic!
I still find myself reading The Economist and the Financial Times, but now I find myself reading them more frequently on the Kindle Touch 3G. So, what’s loaded up for the next few flights? Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, by Max Blumenthal.
Below are a few photos of my Kindle Touch 3G’s screen that allows readers to keep reading in bright sunlight; the Kindle in my pant pocket and the Kindle stacked onto of my iPad and 11″ MacBook Air for size comparison.