I have finally made the decision to order myself a Kindle Touch from Amazon and I have deliberated over this decision more than one might expect. Though I made the leap from full-time education to full-time work relatively recently* it does not mean you stop learning, and there's still much I need to learn, you cannot stop once you have a degree in your hands. But learning, for me, inevitably means buying a book; but every time I browsed the plethora available on Amazon I found myself thinking "but I could just buy that Kindle edition, it's cheaper, and electronic!" and I do love all things electronic.
But a love of all things electronic can't mean simply buying all things electronic; I already have a desktop, a smart phone, a laptop... You find yourself asking the question: do I really need this? Eventually I decided I did, sometimes it's nice to get away from LCD and I usually escape to books and frankly I'm running out of shelf space. Though just as I made my decision Ashley pointed one out to me, showed me the way in which it refreshed its screen (a polarisation of the text) and my heart sank, because it is very clumsy and slow. There may well be good technological reasons for this, but the effect is still the same: a device that blinks at you every time you turn the page.
But again, I found myself on Amazon ready to buy a book on design patterns and distracted again by the Kindle edition, and at that moment I knew I couldn't do this every time, so it's on its way.
* Okay, it's almost a year since I completed my dissertation, but it feels like yesterday.