I've always been a bit behind the curve when it comes to adapting new technology. For about a year now I have been thinking about the Kindle ebook reader. I had not seen one of these things in real life until the other day when I came upon the display in an office supply store. As I played with the simple controls of the display unit I was impressed with the user-friendliness of the device and clarity of the screen. As luck would have it the store was offering a sale and I walked with my new Kindle for twenty dollars less than the advertised price.
The curmudgeon in me used to say I like paper books I don't need another infernal electronic gadget. In my first week I have finished two books and have three others started. I can unequivocally say that I love this thing. Being able to change the font and size of the type is an incredible feature. One-handed operation is a breeze allowing me to eat popcorn or smoke my pipe while reading. And believe it or not I don't know everything so I find the on board dictionary and ability to quickly look up the definition of a word a godsend. In the summertime I do a lot of reading on the patio and I used to hate when the wind turned the pages of an old-timey paper book before I was done reading. A problem no more!
All of these things have quickly won me over and stole the wind from the crusty curmudgeon's sails. I purchased the Kindle with the hopes that it's convenience would encourage me to read more and it certainly has. With the features offered by the Kindle and a good book downloaded it seems easier than ever to lose myself in the movie in my head as the virtual pages effortlessly click by.