This was as much for my sanity as theirs. I’ve always loved his books so using him to drown out the sibling bickering was no hardship for me. Fantastic Mr Fox and Danny Champion of the World were their favourites and I was glad to see that they are still available to buy today (US – UK). Read More
I am a confirmed e-reader, having given up paper books many, many moons ago. I love being able to carry my entire library around with me and I certainly don’t miss the smell or feel of paper. My first Kindle was a Kindle Keyboard (3rd generation), bought around about five years ago and I loved it. I moved on to tablet-based e-reading (Kindle for Android) and eventually ditched the KK altogether about a year or two ago. I have become a little dissatisfied with tablet e-reading however; my Galaxy Tab’s battery life is OK, I suppose, but any sort of intensive use drains it so that a recharge during the day becomes inconveniently necessary. The Tablet also holds many distractions and my reading rate and volume has dropped off significantly and the difficulty of reading on a tablet in full sunlight is also well documented.
So, I picked my KK up again and instantly fell back in love with the Kindle experience. I did feel the need to upgrade, however, and decided on a whim to treat myself to a new Kindle. Read More
I thought it would be nice to write a few words on an uncontroversial subject, to welcome back For Reading Addicts. You know… something light and airy, unlikely to be divisive or risk the ire of the more argumentative Addicts…
I use an e-reader. Haven’t bought a paper book in years. I follow my wife into bookshops, find a nice comfy chair (Waterstones are SO thoughtful like that, aren’t they?) and nod off, like as not. Well, following the good Mrs Mc around Next, M&S, Lush and all that can be pretty tiring stuff you know… Actually I don’t ALWAYS go to sleep. Sometimes I browse the bookshelves (making QUITE sure that Patrick o’Brian hasn’t been miraculously resurrected and sneakily gone and written a new Aubrey-Maturin episode. Nope. Not yet. I live in hope). I browse the bookshelves, find myself an intriguing looking novel… and photograph the cover with my smartphone so I can go back home and order it for Kindle from Amazon. Actually, if the bookshop is good enough to provide it’s “customers” with wi-fi, I might even order the e-book there and then. I do realise that’s a little like stealing sweeties from children, kicking over people’s rubbish bins or throwing rocks at their dogs. But that’s how I roll. I’m a bad man, I know.