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The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 6

Apologies for the lateness of the post, but I couldn’t think what to write about last night and then had work today.  It was a successful working day – I telephoned a fax machine and discovered the existence of World Psoriasis Day.  Sounds like banter.

Anyway, on the walk home it occurred to me I could do a liveblog of a night in with the kindle, noting down my observations on the thing as and when they come into my brain.  Perhaps this will help me decide whether I think it it A Good Thing or not.

So far this has gone preposterously badly – having reached the house I was compelled to watch the Horrible Histories prom on the CBBC channel (like all right-thinking adults, if Twitter is to be believed) and now I’ve got the repeat of last week’s Doctor Who on the go.  My excuse is that we missed the start, and has nothing to do with my (completely platonic) penchant for Matt Smith.

Also it’s nice to have something on in the background when making tea, which is what I am about to do now.  Macaroni cheese, as per the subliminal messages mentioned t’other day.  Essentially I think I’ll just liveblog my evening and hope the kindle makes an appearence.  Enjoy.

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The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 5

Image by Kate Beaton (http://www.harkavagrant.com)

Yesterday’s list of reasons to hate the kindle got quite a lot of hits for comparatively little publicity, which is interesting.  Presumably it reflects the mood of the internet at present.  However, in the interests of impartiality (I still haven’t come down on either side of the fence) today I feel I probably ought to post some reasons why you should buy the kindle and love it more than your own children.  This inclination is one of the trials and tribulations of being a revisionist historian/journalist – one must always look at both sides of the fictitious coin.  Here goes.  Continue reading “The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 5”

The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 4

Today I am going to post a few negative words about kindle at the behest of Twitter user @JacToTheFuture, who is trying to find reasons other than immediate financial impracticality why she should stick to paper.  So here you go, ten reasons not to buy a kindle, which you should listen to as I am currently in possession of a borrowed kindle and have read stuff on it and everything.

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The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 3

One of the main defenses I’ve heard for kindle is the fact you can make books large print at the touch of a button.

I can now confirm that this ain’t no word of a lie – look how unnecessarily enormous you can make the text if you so desire!  Surely nobody is this blind and still attempting to read traditional print?  If you are that person, now is the time to switch to audio books.  Seriously.

There are a number of different size settings, and you can also change the line spacing (perhaps you want to be reminded of a dissertation you once wrote that was all double spaced, whatever floats your boat) and alter the typeface if it makes you happy.  The whole thing is designed to be nice to read off, and it genuinely is, although there are one or two things that niggle after a lifetime of reading pages with text on both sides, to wit:

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The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 2

from xkcd (http://xkcd.com/548/)

Today I have discovered that the kindle is full of mysteries.  Well, I say full, but that isn’t what I mean.  What happened was I noticed a thing it was doing that I have no idea what it was talking about, and rather than googling it to find out I took photos to show you. Continue reading “The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 2”

The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 1

So here I am, poised and ready to enjoy reading a book on the kindle.  I have been prepped so I know it is NOT a touch screen device; you turn the pages by pressing buttons.  It’s basically like living in the olden days, technology wise.  Remember buttons? They were fun, weren’t they.  Although sometimes you used to get things stuck under them – bits of cake, usually, or foliage – and then you had to prise them off with a nail file or a straightened out paper clip to get the stuff out.  They went back on OK but they were never really the same again. Continue reading “The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 1”

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