So now that I actually have a Kindle, I have discovered a whole lot more things which are wonderful about it.
- It remembers which page you are on, and when you open a book you were reading previously, it automatically opens at that page; no more scrabbling in your bag for a bus ticket to use as a bookmark. And it does this for all your books, so if you're reading two or three at once, each one will open at the page you last read.
- I can email any PDF document to it very easily by just sending it to my Kindle's email address, and it then appears with my list of books. (Although I have found PDF documents to be most readable in 14 font, 1.5 line spacing and A5 size.)
- I can download free samples of any book I am thinking of buying. Usually this means the first two chapters. I'm finding that by the time I get to the end of the free sample, and the screen offers me the chance to buy the full book in two clicks, I can tell whether I want to read the rest or not.
- There are hundreds and hundreds of free books on offer, many of the classics - Jane Austen, WM Thackeray, Charles Dickens - among them. I'm currently reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for the first time.
- Prior to getting the Kindle, buying a typical LDS book meant ordering online from Deseret Book and paying $14.99 for the book plus DB's standard international shipping rate of $25. I can now download books by the august ladies listed to my right for about $10.
- I downloaded the scriptures onto my Kindle for £1.41. Cheapest set of scriptures I ever bought. And I can mark my favourite passages, add notes, and have the Kindle look up difficult words (as I can with all the books on my Kindle).
I've never met anyone with a Kindle who doesn't love it, and while I'm still getting used to mine, I'm discovering more and more wonderful features.