This is my beloved Kindle e-reader. All my life I have been surrounded by books and I love reading. When I bought my Kindle nearly three years ago I wondered how I would manage the transition from paper to screen and, to my surprise, it was easy. In fact I have only read one `proper` book since the Kindle entered my life.
It is equipped with 3G and a keyboard which means I can go online to the Kindle store and order more books which are automatically downloaded. Using the keyboard I can search for volumes if required. I must admit I haven`t explored the keyboard facility much further.
I read in bed every evening – George says he doesn`t mind if I keep my bedside light on and, to be honest, he seems to manage to nod off fairly easily. I did buy a `cheapo` non-Kindle light that clips on the top but it caused great mirth one night when it popped off and hit a sleeping George on the face!
My sleeping pattern is very erratic and sometimes I will wake up after about an hour, switch on the light and read until I feel sleepy again. The light is not too good and I discovered (by accident) that by pressing a key I could enlarge the print. Great. I looked at the menu that had come up and saw `Speech enable`. Yes, I knew about that and thought it would be good to try it. This very tinny voice emerged immediately (with an American accent) and proceeded to read the page in front of me which automatically moved to the next page when the reader got to the bottom. Magic. The voice woke George up and he sleepily sat up and said `What`s that voice? Who`s talking?` I am always teasing him about his diminishing hearing but, to play a trick on him, I said I couldn`t hear anything. He got out of bed (it was about 1.30 am) and walked to my side by the window, still listening. He went on to open the window and listened again. By this time I couldn`t contain the laughter and `fessed up that the voice was coming from my Kindle. He grunted, got back into bed and was asleep again almost immediately.
I then hit on the idea of finding my small headphones in the computer case so went into the sitting room, rooted in the bag and fixed the headphones to the Kindle. Brilliant! I got back into bed really looking forward to be read to until I nodded off.
Oh yes! I nodded off indeed. At 5.30 am I woke up – voice still reading in my ears and, of course, the voice had automatically turned over goodness only knows how many pages in my Kindle!!! To be honest I don`t think I remembered a word that had been read to me before I dropped off and had to keep pressing the `Page back` button until I found my place again.
That will teach me to tease George won`t it? The voice enabled feature is being ignored from now on …