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English teacher interested in language and culture, and also in fiction using magic, myth, folklore and the supernatural. Now teaching part-time in a Leicester Upper School (ages 14-19) and also writing for children, teens and teachers.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Tuesday Tidings: this week's new additions to my library

I have a shiny new kindle this week, and I love it!

Things I love about it so far:
  • It really does look like a page and not like a screen, so no glare to cause eyestrain and no reflections in bright light.
  • It isn't as heavy as a biggish paperback - it's going to be great on the train when term starts again.
  • I've got lots of cool new books on it all at once. So, when reading on the train, if I finish a book I can just start another. How great is that?!
  • I made the font just a little bit bigger than the standard to help my poor tired (that's tired rather than ageing) eyes.
  • Although I know some people don't like the lack of page numbers, I rather like the percentage indicator (and can see that, given, the font size choice mentioned above, page numbers aren't really feasible).
The contents page of my kindle so far is an interesting demonstration of my reading tastes:
Hidden by Miriam Halahmy, YA
The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan, YA


  1. I've just got a Kindle too. I'm having a bit of trouble with the page turning. I keep pressing it by mistake. I've also made the font slightly larger but that does mean that you have to turn the pages quite often. I'm sure I'll get used to it though for all the positive reasons that you've listed.

  2. But... I saw quite a few people with them when I was on the tube last week. They haven't picked up so much here in France. I love buying books, but I can see that one of these days I may get one, especially as my partner complains that we have nowhere to keep the books I keep buying.


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