Entering a new world of books

Jill Buchanan

Jill Buchanan

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Part of me feels unfaithful, but another bit feels I’m embracing a brave new world.

Finally, I’ve caught up with technology (well almost) and am now the proud owner of a Kindle.

Until now I’ve resisted the temptation to “move with the times” and ditch books in favour of an e-reader, but my recent moan about library opening hours and never managing to get there now to borrow books was obviously heard and acted upon.

Christmas morning brought said Kindle in the present pile, but for 10 days the box remained unopened. Another wet Saturday saw me take a deep breath, tackle the packaging to reveal this tiny, slim tablet. Smaller and lighter than a paperback, the instructions were minimal because it was so easy to use.

For the uninitiated, you purchase books to read on the tablet but what I quickly discovered was that the classics are free! My first download was ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and I’m now happily reacquainting myself with Mr Darcy et al.

While it has lots of things in its favour, I must confess it’s not the same as holding a shiny new book, the smell of printed paper is missing for a start.

And, while it is fine for reading novels, I don’t see myself rushing to download some of my favourite reads – cookery books.

Their appeal is most often the mouthwatering colour photographs which is lost with the black and white screen. And I’m not sure how easy it is to wipe down an e-reader covered in ingredients as you try to recreate the recipes.

However, I have to admit that I have found a drawback – falling asleep with a Kindle in your hands can be quite painful if you whack yourself in the face with it!

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