Thursday, October 14, 2010

Conf 650: Getting to grips with Kindle

Novelist friend Kate Harrison has been keeping an interesting Kindle diary these past couple of weeks.  And she's just declared: it's love. 

I'm loving my Kindle too. I totally agree with Kate about it not being over-functional. It does what it's meant to. The screen is not back-lit so reading is no more strain on the eyes than print, and you can always make the text larger, or switch on the read-to-me function (admittedly in a Stephen Hawking like way so only if desperate). The note-taking and dictionary facilities are fantastic. Daughter and I still read together and look up words she doesn't understand, now we can do it in a flash. The only problem at the moment is we're fighting for bed-time reading rights. We're reading the same ebook (separately - Jed Rubenfeld) so the bookmark facility can get a bit confusing. And also totally agree with Kate that transferring and reading your own writing on it is a big boon to authors. If you make your document a PDF file you can email it to your kindle address and up it pops, looking like a real book. Don't leave it in Word or you have to pay Amazon to transfer.

After Howard Jacobson's Booker win I decided to sample The Finkler Question. (Incidentally Frances Wilson, one of the judges, has just revealed that it wasn't even entered by his publisher.) But I hit the wrong button and an alarming credit card notice came through. I could return it but now it's there, and I've started reading and enjoying (SO much more than 'C') I'll put it down to experience and be a bit more careful with my sampling. My library's just started an ebook lending service which I've yet to check out properly.

I expect daughter will enjoy the Jacobson as well. Comedy's high on her list, 'One Day' and 'Starter for Ten' David Nicholls is her favourite author. I'm thrilled she's about to start a creative writing course at her school as an extra to EngLit A levels. She casually mentioned they were being taught by a Booker author. WHOISIT WHOISIT, she couldn't remember. 'Someone beginning with H.' Gah. 'A long, foreign sounding name.' Not Howard obviously.. and not the school patrons (Alan Bennett and Simon Armitage would you believe). WHOISITTTT??

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon. 

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