When it comes to modern gadgets, I’m certainly not the kind of person who buys them to be “Keeping up with the Joneses”. I tend to buy things through neccessity on grounds of practicality (for instance, I bought my Wii Fit because the gym would be too much for me in my present condition. Also, when you buy a Wii Fit you pay once as opposed to contributing a massive monthly fee to something that you may not always be able to use on a regular basis). All of the exercise programs and software comes with the Wii Fit, so you don’t have to buy any more exercise games.
I bought my Kindle and the blue leather case with the in-built light last year – and I had a reason for that too. I travel alone occasionally, to see my son, and when you travel alone by coach you need minimal luggage with minimum fuss.
You especially need minimal luggage when you walk with a stick because – essentially – you only have one arm to manage everything between coach stops.
I have always loved to read, ever since childhood. When I began school I was the only child in my class who could read and write fluently – because my mother is also a bookworm and she went out of her way to ensure that I always had more than a rudimentary grasp of the English language. I can’t draw to save my own life (and I sincerely wish I could draw at least a little), but reading, writing and history are three things that I have always been able to lap up without ever becoming bored.
As a disabled traveller I encountered many problems with transporting reading material. I am a fast reader, so – if I decide that I’m going to be reading when not with son or other family – I need large tomes and usually more than one of them. I was never able to fit all of the books I wanted into my handbag for easy access, and with no spare hand free it was alway difficult to open my suitcase to retrieve something that I wished to read.
That’s why I decided to buy my Kindle – and that is a decision I’ve never regretted.
With my Kindle I can store hundreds – even thousands (if I had thousands) – of books, and stash the device in one of my handbags. It comes with me to my hospital and dental appointments so that I have something to do if there’s a delay. I have downloaded digital copies of some of my larger books for my Kindle, since I can simply pop the Kindle in my bag rather than struggle with enormous paperbacks.
I read on my Kindle whilst travelling to my hometown with Tribble. Thanks to the light that is installed in the cover I purchased for it I can read in the dark, in tunnels, in bad weather. I can read in bed while Dom’s asleep without actually disturbing him.
If you like to read when on the move, I can’t recommend the Kindle enough. I would be utterly lost without mine.