When it comes to luxury essentials for a trip, this next one blows the others out of the water for me. It is the amazing kindle!
Travel has seen many advancements over the years, in seat tv screens, on board showers, reclining seats, super jumbo and so on. Yet there have been some negative advancements such as terrorism, higher security, troubled airlines, charges for everything including your luggage!
The third of my luxury essentials for travel
So the old adage of travel light couldn’t be more apt. We all know that when it comes to books they can be heavy. Not just your hardback but two or three paperbacks and you are soon weighed down. Thanks to e-books and especially the Kindle it is now possible to carry thousands of books with you no matter where you go.
The concept of e-books and the kindle were slow to take off at first, but soon people realised what a fabulous idea they are. So much so now that many book stores are closing and just can’t compete. After all why should you have to go to the store or wait for delivery of a book when you want to read it, now!
I first bought a kindle for my bride-to-be as a Christmas present. She loves books. I must admit I’m not a great book reader, I can struggle to finish some books but I do finish reading some.
I was intrigued to see how my bride-to-be got on with her new toy. After the initial “What is it?” she quickly figured out how to use it and loves it ever since. I was growing increasingly envious and soon caved and bought one for myself.
I loved the easy way to buy books with almost instant download. I could dip in and out of books at any time and even do my usual thing of reading two or three books at the same time.
When it came to the kindle I also loved the built-in 3G for the more expensive models. It became a must for me. Being an international business traveller I could not guarantee that I would be able to find and hook onto a wi-fi connection the moment I wanted to buy a book. Yet with the complimentary 3G connections I can download books and even perform some basic internet surfing almost anywhere in the world for no extra cost.
I’ve also found some free websites to subscribe to and now receive 2 daily e-mails of the latest books promoted for no cost. Authors often promote their books on Amazon for zero cost for a few days so that they can encourage people to download them and leave reviews. It also boosts their number of downloads.
Even before I had my kindle I was still able to access the wonder of books on the kindle. I first downloaded the kindle app onto my iPod touch and would read books from there. Then I downloaded the app onto my computer for bigger screen reading. So even without the expense of a kindle I can still enjoy the amazing range of books and even free books!
I do love my actual kindle though. I did at first buy a kindle keyboard which included 3G. The relative ease of use and long battery life made it a joy to have and a permanent travel companion.
Sadly this broke not too long back so I spoke with Amazon about a replacement and quickly agreed to the kindle touch. This also includes what for me is the essential 3G. It also seems a little bit faster than the keyboard, is easy to use with a touch screen keyboard and the basic internet browser is better than before. A long battery life comes with it too so no need to worry about constant recharging.
My only complaint on the kindle touch is that I find it more difficult than the kindle keyboard to put books into collections. I can tolerate this with all the other smooth functions it has.
I must admit I am now a total kindle addict; I call it “kindleitis”.
I can read virtually any book I want, when I want. I can also buy them from almost anywhere.
With paper books I would be frustrated at the fact that I need them with me to read them.
With the kindle I just need to log onto my kindle, or kindle apps to read it now.
I remember as a child finding my favourite ever kids book Soldier and me and loaning it from the school library. After reading it I never saw it again yet would love to own it.
Over the last decade or so I remember my favourite book that I’ve read in this time After You’d Gone. It was so moving and really got to me. I raved about it and loaned it to a close friend. She then returned it to me when someone else was present. This other person borrowed it and I’ve never seen it again. 🙁 I’m not 100% sure who the person was since it was at a party. Yet that is the problem with books, you loan them to someone and there is a risk that you never see them again.
There is another plus with the kindle and that is privacy! I can read any book I want without people staring across from the plane or train and drawing opinions on what I’m reading.
No more comments on the book or queries as to whether it is any good. If you are so inclined you could even be reading Fifty Shades of Grey and nobody would know or form opinions about you. (For the record I’ve never read that book. People tell me that it was rubbish; mind they did say that some later in the series were pretty good!)
So I am unashamed to say it, I have Kindleitis. I love my kindle.
Nobody has paid me or asked me to write and publish this post. It is all from the heart. In some respects I wish Amazon would pay me. I’ve raved about the kindle for so long to people and freely given demonstrations. I’ve actually sold the idea on numerous people to the extent that they have bought the kindle.
Forget these arguments that a book is better, or people prefer the feel of a book. That is fine for other people, not for me. A kindle is most definitely a luxury travel essential I can’t do without.
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