I've had my first reading experience with a Kindle Fire, given to me as a gift by a dear friend. I love gadgets, but I love books even more. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to get lost in the reading, being tempted to flit to the web, but that wasn't the case. I think that I will always have bookcases filled with books, but there is only so much room in my small apartment...the Kindle will be my bookshelf extension.
What I'm reading:
The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (Grove / Atlantic, Inc.)
I downloaded this book from Amazon on the Kindle Prime program that allows members to borrow books from a lending library, one at a time, once a month. I was introduced to Desai's writing through an interview she had with Michael Silverblatt on his KCRW program, Bookworm. I'm really enjoying it.
I always have more than one book going at a time.
1Q84, by Haruki Murakami, translated by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel (A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., NY)
I downloaded this book to my Kindle from the Chicago Public Library.
These are such tumultuous times in the publishing world, as we transition from the dominance of paper distribution to the digital delivery of books. I still love bookstores and I'm fortunate to have two within walking distance from my home. There used to be four bookstores within walking distance, until just a few months ago.