Travel Reading: Kindle

February 6, 2011 § 9 Comments

I will be travelling again in a week’s time and it is perfectly unthinkable that I could step beyond my door without plenty of new reading to take along with me.

Unfortunately the airline only allows me to take about 15kg of luggage, so taking half of my physical library with me is out (not that I won’t need it – I’ll be away an entire fortnight, and mostly without internet. Gasp). This means: Kindle is my Hero. Seriously the truth. The question is: with what shall I load up my delightful e-reader beast?

Just now I have many excellent nineteenth century novels on my Kindle, some of which I even haven’t read yet. And further to my recent post about Tolkien, I will be getting the Kindle edition of LOTR to take with me (because trying to cart that poor, beaten-up copy along is bound to end in catastrophe).

What, then, should be added before my departure? My budget is, as always, not princely. I am quite interested in some of the essentially self-published Kindle books, and not just because they tend to be cheap  – having read one so far I  found it charmingly original. I prefer fantasy and historical fiction, but really I am open to anything.

So: please share your finds with me! Any and all recommendations appreciated, because I would love to delve into some completely new authors while I’m away.

Food for thought: my Kindle reading is slowly shaping up to be quite different from my paper-and-ink reading. The two mediums seem to lean in different directions, which is most interesting; I feel like my Kindle purchase has opened up several new avenues for my letterly consumption. Has anyone else found this to be the case – and do you have any other e-reading tips to share?


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My Kindle is looking spiffy in burgundy


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§ 9 Responses to Travel Reading: Kindle

  • I can only assume that the books of Sarah Vowell are available and I can’t recommend her enough. Intelligent, witty and poignant observations on history and media and all sorts of zany stuff!

    • Charlotte says:

      They are indeed available on Kindle, and that would certainly be a wholly new area of reading experience for me. Right up my alley, too, since I am interested in both travel and history. Added to my list. Thanks for that recommendation, Scott!

  • Can’t you download a load of stuff from project gutenberg? That’s what I load up my Sony reader with usually, and it has the bonus of being free!

    • Charlotte says:

      Oh yes, Project Gutenberg is the stuff of the Gods. Amazon’s free e-books are pretty good, too, for older lit, and I’ve availed myself of the contents of both quite extensively so far. However, I can often be tempted to just sink into the 18th/19th/early 20th centuries and never leave, so I like to try to make sure I have a steady stream of modern fiction mixed in with my diet!

  • Dara says:

    I don’t really have any recommendations–I have a Nook and tend to download books from the local library and from Project Gutenburg.

    BTW, you asked me on my blog what a writing sprint buddy is so I decided it would be easier for me to leave it in a comment here. Basically, it’s someone (or a group of people) who set a time limit–like 20 minutes, an hour, etc–and write as much as you can in that period of time. I tend to thrive on those–it helps me realizing there are others writing as much as they can at the same time. Maybe it’s a bit of my competitive spirit too.

    • Charlotte says:

      Thanks for answering my question, Dara. I like the idea of a sprint buddy. Any writing activity done with the support of others seems to be more effective, somehow; group writes, group critique, and of course events like NaNoWriMo. I can imagine how timed exercises done with friends could be really effective.

  • Andy says:

    Oh, for a light-hearted read how about The Book of Awesome, which is from on I think I mentioned it before but it’s really nice! Other then that I’m trying to catch up on classics at the moment – Cider House Rules by John Irving is really enjoyable.

    • Charlotte says:

      Ah, the Book of Awesome. I looked it up and discovered that it’s based on a blog. Could it be any more apt?

      Unfortunately publishing’s rather behind on e-reading in many cases, and there are far too many books that are not available for my precious Kindle. That’s one of them. I’ll add it to my list of paper-books-to-acquire instead!

  • Scrolling blog sites and read that you are interested in discovering new authors on your trip. I’m an Alaska author who has written many nonfiction nature books. This week, as an experiment, I published my first eEssay, through Kindle publishing program. Title is Perseverance, an inspirational story about the survival of sea turtles, and a comparative human struggle about a young, injured athlete who overcomes some big obstacles. I’m actually looking for new e-readers who might be interested in reading it and even reviewing it. Have a great trip, Debbie S. Miller

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