Sunday, 16 January 2011
Having my Kindle has really changed the way I read - and not only because having easily-adjustable fonts is helping me to read avidly again the way that I did before my eyesight went wrong.
I'm talking about the free samples of novels that are available to download from the Kindle store.
Previously, I'd have to decide whether I was likely to enjoy a book based mostly on friends' recommendations or quickly scanning the back cover. I was a library addict as a child, so there wasn't much expense attached to not liking a book, but it did involve waiting to go to the library again, so I'd almost invariably read everything I borrowed, cover to cover.
I find I'm much more fickle now. I'll start reading a book on the Kindle, and if I'm not drawn in by the time I hit the end of the free sample (typically around 10%), then I'll just delete the sample and download something else. I know, I know. There could be some really good books that start slowly - and if someone gives me a really glowing recommendation then I still might take a chance. But ultimately, a tenth of the book is probably going to be enough for me to tell whether I get along with the author's style. And there are so many great books out there that it seems a shame to waste precious time on reading the mediocre ones!
What do you think? If you're also a Kindle addict, have you developed this habit? And did you know that you can install Amazon's Kindle application on your computer and benefit from the free samples even if you don't have a Kindle?