I have never really been much of a book reader. Mostly because I have a hard time setting aside quality time to read. So when I would read, I knew I was putting off something I should be working on and have a hard time just letting go and focusing on the book. Or the types of book I would read are technical programming books, etc. They are not really readers, more like summary and reference. Knowing that I would enjoy reading more I recently bought “The Facebook Effect“. Figured it’s still something internet/tech related but enough of a reader that it would be a good way to get started reading more. And I was right. Not sure how much of it is fact, but really enjoying the book and reading in general. The side effect now is that I have started reading a few books and have a queue of other books that look interesting.
Being a gadget lover, this renewed interest in reading has sparked my curiosity in the Kindle from Amazon. I have always agreed with the fact that it’s not a competitor to the Apple iPad. Even though you can read books on both devices and they have a similar design. Certain types of books will be amazing on an iPad, but for just reading the kindle looks like the perfect way to do it digitally.
Next week I am scheduled to have a consultation with a company that specialized in website speed optimization (think fast loading pages). As an incentive to meet with them they are offering a free kindle. I jumped on the opportunity for both the in-depth demo of the service they provide and of course the chance to receive a free kindle. I’m sure I’ll offer a review after/if I actually get one.
In the mean time however my rekindled (yea i said it) desire to read more books continues to grow. After listening to this interview Robert Scoble did with Tim Ferriss about his upcoming book “The 4-Hour Body“, I decided to purchase his very popular book “The 4-Hour Workweek” for the kindle. I have read bits and pieces of it in the past and have followed him on the web over the last couple years and figured I just just go for it. I knew I could read the book on my computer even if I don’t get the kindle. After reading a bit I remembered that I have the kindle app on my iPod touch. So I gave it a try there and have really found it to be very readable. Even with the small screen it’s easy to read and with only one or two sentences displayed at a time. Keeps me focused. I don’t get lost in the page, etc.