Should you take a Kindle overseas?
Should you take a Kindle with you on your first assignment instead of the huge pile of books you’re going to end up needing? Well, as always, it’s not that simple. The idea is seductive, you could leave behind a suitcase full of books and journals, and carry pretty much the entirety of human knowledge in a piece of technology the size of a notepad. While I’m down with that in principle (if, that is, you actually have all the books you want electronically, and don’t end up having to buy them again), in practice I think I would advise against this particular piece of electronica.
For one thing, it suffers from all the usual flaws of technology: It’s fragile, doesn’t like getting wet, you can’t use it to hammer a nail into the ceiling to hang a mosquito net, and it’s a theft target.
On the plus side, it can hold all the reference books you will ever need, but then so can your laptop, which you’re going to need anyway (and while we’re talking about laptops, I’ve been totally won over by the new MacBook Air – tiny, fast, and no moving hard drive!) So, save the hundred and fourty dollars, buy my e-book instead, and read it on your laptop!
That’s for non-fiction reference books, which play to the strengths of e-readers in my mind, then, for fiction, take real books – just a couple of them, and trade them with others.
Of course, if you want one anyway, it helps me support this site if you buy it from the link here (the price is the same for you).