Every time I visit Amazonat the moment, I seem to be bombarded with adverts for the new Kindle. I normally try to ignore the adverts on Amazon - they aren't usually anything I'm likely to be interested in anyway - but I must admit I am tempted with the latest Kindle.
The Kindle, for those who don't know, is an e-reader; a wireless reading device that stores books in electronic format so you can carry your whole library around with you and browse whenever and wherever you want.
It's all a bit Star Trek. No, not the things set to stun aliens or the things that allow Bones to tell Kirk, "It's life Jim, but not as we know it!" , but the Kindle is a bit like the things you see people reading stuff from on the US Enterprise, when they're not boldly going places.
This is the kind of thing I always imagined I'd have in the 21st century - along with my robot housemaid, my jet pack and my ticket for a holiday on Mars. Sadly, these days I still have to do my own housework, jet packs sound kind of dangerous and environmentally unfriendly, and my holiday ticket is for a camping trip to a potentially muddy festival in an English field. But, when I go, I would rather like to take a Kindle with me.
I do have a few reservations, however. Amazon claims to have a huge library of books available to download onto your Kindle, and aims eventually to have every book ever written online. But, you have to buy these books. I don't mind buying new books, but I often like to make use of free online resources, such as the Internet Sacred Text Archive . I also often get sent pdfs of books to review on a Bad Witch's Blog, and it would be ideal if I could use a Kindle to read them.
According to Amazon: "Kindle supports wireless delivery of unprotected Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX), PDF, HTML, TXT, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, PRC and MOBI files."
But it adds in the small print: "Some complex PDF and DOCX files might not format correctly on your Kindle." And that makes me think that maybe I should wait and find out how other people get on with Kindles before parting with my money.
So, I thought I'd ask people who read my blog. If you have a Kindle, or have looked into getting one, what do you think? Is it ideal for downloading a portable library of ancient grimoires and classic magical texts, or is it really just set up for buying the latest best-selling novels?
Do leave a comment - I'd be very grateful.
The Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6is available from Amazon for £149 and a version without 3G, but with Wi-Fi,is available for £109.