Yesterday, I decided to take the plunge and spend my hoard of John Lewis vouchers on a Kindle. And because I had a rather good hoard, I was able to get the Free 3G one, which means you pay for absolutely nothing and can access the 3G network!
As someone who doesn't have internet at home, this is invaluable for me. I couldn't really see the point of the old Kindle if I'm honest, because I would have had to go to a free WiFi spot to download anything.
So what do I think of the Kindle? As a reading tablet, it is rather good. I've downloaded one book on my wishlist and had a browse and it's easy to read and navigate.
However, I do miss paper. I miss the bright colours of the book jackets and I miss the dog-eared corners that come about from multiple reads and handbag journeys.
But one enormous plus for the Kindle with free 3G is that the coverage is worldwide – wherever there's a 3G network that is – and so, when I'm abroad, I can check email, Facebook and Twitter from it, absolutely free. I can even update my blog from it. And it takes care of my holiday reading without me stuffing a stash of books in my suitcase.
Will my Kindle change my life? Probably not. But it will certainly enhance it. As a ‘real’ book lover I can't imagine I will ever give up the humble paperback, but for impulse purchases, sampling bestsellers and reading things I don't want cluttering up my bookshelf, it's ideal.