My Kindle experience

Two months ago I had a technological change in my life. I became an Android user by getting a Samsung Galaxy phone. I found it a joy to download lots of Apps and play around with them. Many of them lasted for just a few days before they lost their usefulness to me and others have had occasional use. One App though has changed the way that I think about a major topic of discussion at the moment, whether e-books will eventually replace the paper variety that we have grown up with and many of us love.

I had of course heard and seen Kindles,the small electronic reader that Amazon came out with a couple of years ago.I had played around with my brother’s Kindle and had agreed that the ability to download books at will, to access the internet and check facts about the author, or look up an unusual word in an online dictionary was a very interesting development. I knew you could highlight text and then be able to return to it at a later date, that you could make notes about the text as you were reading which would prove very useful when you looked back at your own thoughts and indeed would be a very useful tool for a student.

I decided though that I didn’t need to purchase one and was,like so many of my age (I am 58 years of age and born and bred in an age of “real” books), somewhat wary about their use.

Thew Android phone changed all of that. I downloaded a free Kindle App from the App Store and have never really looked back. The fact that I was also able to download a version of Kindle for my netbook was really good. I found that the versions “synced” with each other and therefore if I was at Page 218 on my phone the same starting position would appear on my netbook when I requested it.

I have so far read the following books: “A New Culture of Learning” by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown, “Bounce” by Matthew Sayed and yesterday I downloaded (and have already read the first two chapters of..) “The Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. I have also downloaded for free “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. There are, in fact a huge number of books that are available for free download on Kindle. Here is an article that explains the range of books available and how to access them.

My Kindle experience so far has been a really good one. I can remember sitting on a bench during an unusually warm October lunchtime and reading two chapters of Oliver Twist on my mobile phone!

There are those who say that reading in such a way is weird or even wrong. I have given this some thought and it has occurred to me that I have spent a lot of my recent life reading off of a computer, be it reports, articles or  blog posts. My transition to reading the Kindle on a mobile phone was seamless.

I can genuinely say that the  “Kindle Experience” has been a good one for me and I am looking forward to extending my personal  library in the future. I can really recommend its use to everyone… if you haven’t already downloaded the App and have access to the iPhone or an Android phone or even if you just try the P.C. download. There is a world of books to access…. enjoy exploring!


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