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To “e” or not to “e”

Cross-posting today. Merry Christmas everyone!

Words to Go

Well, I’m still not quite ready with that conference report; for one thing, I have a Destinations test tomorrow that I’m studying for, and you would not believe how difficult it is to keep all of these attractions straight – the Scandinavian countries just might be my downfall.

I did want to report in on a travel aid that I brought with me for the first time, though. Anyone who knows me, knows – I’m a reader. At any given time, we’re housing hundreds of books. So just think about what a challenge that presents when it’s time to hit the road! I mean, what’s a road trip, flight, train ride or stay-away without reading material?

So this time, I brought the Kindle. It’s borrowed, but oh, what a lovely little treat it has turned out to be! It fit neatly in the side pocket of my briefcase/bag and weighs almost nothing. On the subway and bus, I could just pop it out, read for a while, and pop it back into the bag without even worrying about turning it off, thanks to the automatic sleep mode. No losing my page, no trying to turn pages with my mittens on, I could even read one-handed!

So, instead of choosing my travel reads by weight, as I’ve been known to do, I was able to get a third of the way through Stephen King’s new novel – 840 pages in hardback, light as a feather on Kindle.

Two of the daughters have Kindles (who did you think I borrowed from?) and they’ve both used them while travelling. Middle daughter said it was especially nice to have access to her travel guides while moving around Europe. And Older daughter even figured out how to email from hers.

I’d never suggest that ereaders should replace books entirely. But if you’re on the move a lot, and also read a lot, they may just be the perfect way to mesh those two past-times.

Do you use an eReader? How has it changed your travel experience?