WHEN it comes to reading I have to admit I’m a bit of a purist, a huge fan of getting a new book with that unmistakable smell or borrowing a well-read title which has been doing the rounds and has the creases to prove it.
I was therefore more than a little sceptical of trying out the new Kindle Touch 3G. I’m not really someone who has to have the latest gadgets but, admittedly, this surprised me.
Sleek, light and easy to carry the Kindle Touch is a joy to read. I had imagined the screen to be similar to that of a laptop but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was more like the pages of a book, even when I took it outside to the garden to sit in the sun, there was no glare. The pages turned with just one touch of the screen and the battery lasted more than a month without having to be recharged.
It was just as easy to download Kindle books. The Wi-fi connection allowed me to search Amazon and get a book on to the Kindle within seconds, great if you’re sat at home and you fancy a good read without leaving the sofa.
I downloaded “The Faithless” by Martina Cole and “The Hypnotist” by Lars Kepler, which is soon to be turned into a film. I enjoyed both books immensely and was impressed with the indicator at the bottom of the screen which lets you know how much, as a percentage, of the book you have read.
It comes as no surprise to me to learn that readers in the UK buy an average of four times the number of books they purchased prior to owning a Kindle. The Kindle Touch stores up to 3,000 books, perfect for those people who are limited on space.
I won’t get rid of my bookcase just yet but I have to admit I am seriously thinking about buying a Kindle.
Kindle Touch is available for £109 and Kindle Touch 3G with free 3G wireless for £169 from amazon.co.uk.