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Whatchamacallit 73: My Paperwhite Kindle

My Kindle

The first time I saw a friend with a Kindle, I mocked it – I asked my friend if it got lighter when she deleted the books she’d already finished reading.

Now I adore my Kindle: As somebody who likes to travel, the Kindle is a terrific way to carry a large number of books around the world without having to weigh one’s self down with books.

What convinced me was a long weekend in Erfurt: I took the train down to attend a party at a friend’s place and I wanted to read two books while gone: My book club was reading World Without End, by Ken Follett, that month and that was my goal – but I wanted to read Pillars of the Earth, the first book in the series before I read World Without End.

Both books are very thick and very heavy. Combined they took up a lot of space in my backpack and left me little room to carry other things.

With that, I was convinced to buy a Kindle – I got the very basic Kindle, which I carried around for a couple years – but my handprints became obvious and it was difficult to type on – on those rare occasions when I wanted to surf the web or search for books on it. Thus, I eventually replaced it with a Kindle Paperwhite, which lets you easily type on it. I also started buying covers for my Kindles – I believe that I am onto my third cover – the newest one bought earlier this year when the previous cover broke.

In terms of electronics that I handle most frequently and their importance (among those personally owned), I would put it in second place, after my smartphone and slightly ahead of my laptop. I might actually spend more time on the laptop, but I do not read books on the laptop, so I’m not carrying the laptop on public transport to read books while riding.

The battery on my Paperwhite is starting to show its age – either that or I am reading a lot more than I did during non-Covid times. Maybe both? Regardless, I am still very happy with the Kindle.

In fact, I’m going to stop writing so that I can start reading.


During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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