For several years, every time I’ve returned from the States, I’ve carried a lot of books – and then spent a month or two reading them (or longer). I buy books in the US and not Germany because there’s a wider selection and better pricing when it comes to English language books.
That’s not to say I don’t buy books here in Germany – I do.
Earlier this year I had cause to buy Ken Follett’s World Without End, right after having read his Pillars of the Earth. Let it be known that Ken Follett is the main reason that I now own an e-reader.
Ken Follett’s books are a struggle to read for two reasons: first the plots (if there is one) are long and drawn out and, second, the books are physically bulky.
Even as I was struggling to finish (and carry around) World Without End, I was in the process of deciding which e-reader I was going to buy, ultimately picking the least expensive, lightest one available that did not come with built in screen-saver advertising. I hate advertising and will not accept it into my life unless there are no other reasonable options — $30 extra and my e-reader is advertising free.
So far I’m thrilled with the e-reader.
It has easily been the best purchase of 2012 – it fits in my briefcase, it fits in my camera bag, and it doesn’t contribute any significant amount of weight. I’ve read it on airplanes, in parks, on buses, and in bed.
The only downside is that it’s too easy to buy books and I have some on it that I’m not really clear why I bought. The main offender in this category is Dirt, by David Vann. When I look at the description page for the book, I’m not even sure why I was attracted to it in the first place.
That said, I am buying more books, and I have to confess that low priced books are more likely to be bought just because I like the idea behind the book, even if I’ve never heard of the author. Latakia, by JF Smith, is a gay romance novel with a military setting, prior to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell – surprisingly good, the kind of good that prompted me to immediately buy the other two JF Smith books. At $1, I didn’t go wrong.
I might note that the battery life for my e-reader is, so far, excellent. I charged it prior to my summer trip to the States, and never worried about re-charging it.