Kindle: reviving my interest in reading
I’m loving my Kindle. I’ve had it for a few weeks now, and it’s re-ignited my love of reading.
Don’t get me wrong—I read before. But over time, my reading has become more bitty. I now read blogs, tweets, news articles, seldom delving into books any more.
Enter Kindle stage left. I’ve started reading books again. First up was Peter Taylor’s The Lazy Project Manager. And now I’m reading Professor Brian Cox’s Why does E=MC2. And each morning, my daughter chooses whether Winnie the Pooh or Alice in Wonderland will delight us aboard the bus to school.
I’m not reading swathes—I’ve never been that sort of reader. But when I board a bus or Tube, I automatically reach for the Kindle. And that, I love.
I have but two gripes thus far.
First, it seems that books launched to the Kindle are not proofread as well as their offline equivalents. (“Andmass…” at the beginning of a sentence, instead of “And mass…” in Why does E=MC2, for example.) Where the book is available both physically and on the Kindle, I’m surprised at the Kindle typos, and doubt that they’ve made their way into the offline versions. Yet I would be equally surprised if the books had been re-typed for electronic delivery. So I’m flummoxed.
Second, there’s a user interface gripe to which I have no answer. It seems that standard text formatting is justified, meaning that the edge of the text lines up beautifully down the left and right of the page. But because of the Kindle’s relatively narrow reading pane, fewer words appear on a single line under the standard portrait view than is the case in a paperback. The result: on occasions, where a particularly long word appears at the start of a line, the Kindle is unable to successfully kern the previous line, resulting in a ragged right line in the middle of an otherwise justified paragraph. It grates.
Overall though, utter joy.